I wonder what America will look like…100 years after Frank?

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Article Dedication

In honor of

Louis Faurer & Eugene de Salignac

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As I finish up my book project for The Americans…60 years after Frank, I am amazed how much things have changed in 60 years. I can’t help but wonder what America will look like…100 years after Frank.

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Open Carry Las Vegas, NV

If you have not looked at Robert Frank’s The Americans for a while, crack it open and give it a look-see for yourself.

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Venice, CA

Here are a sampling of some of the photos I took for the project. (See note:a) While I didn’t try to anally follow in the footsteps of Frank, if I was already in the area, I hit a few of his old haunts. If you are interested in a more sentimental type of Frank jounery, check out this DVD:

https://www.amazon.com/American-Journey-Robert-Franks-Footsteps/dp/B003NYVYA0

I try to be a balanced social documentary photographer. I can’t afford to concentrate just on the pretty or just on the ugly aspects of society. I seldom censor, but I am discriminatory in what I do present.  If it is legal to shoot and I like it…I shoot it.

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Campground outside of Columbus, Ohio

While street photography is an important part of the mix, it is not the only thing I do. My photography has to go beyond talking pictures of people walking in and out of shadows or finding funny signs and waiting 20 minutes for someone to walk by it. Still, if I can inject a little ‘art’ into my work I do while still being true to the subject matter. While I like to do straight photography, I also bend it a little if it works to the benefit of the image.

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Multitasking  Infrared flash photograph (Candid)  Near Columbus, Ohio

A photo is not like a video or movie. The photo must catch our attention and tell the story in one image. There are many tools the photog can use for this job and I try to make use of them all. I hold no prejudices to any genre, whether it is B&W, contrast, HDR, color, lighting, sharpness, selective color, bokeh, grain, or motion blur. In a world of 2 billion cell phone cams at large, these are some of tools the photog can use to garner attention for their image

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Lost Princess  Wheeling, WV (Candid)

Agricultural Fair  West Alexander, PA (Candid…ish)

In 2016 if your a male photog shooting stranger kids on the street…you’re labeled a sexual predator. And this is especially an issue for someone like me in their 60’s.

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Barefoot man with soiled pants eating from the trash  Los Angeles, CA (Candid)

I don’t make everything black and white nor do I make everything color. I let the image speak to me and go with the treatment I think is best. The ‘I only shoot BW’ photogs can lose important information if they stick to their dogmatic position 100%.

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Faces of Gentrification  Wheeling, WV

Now, I used to be one of those ‘all B&W’ types back in the 1970’s before branching out to color in the 1980’s. I would look down on the color photogs…I was a purest. It is all ego driven nonsense. Sometimes the image will work either way. If so, do what you like. Other times it needs to be in color or BW only. Do what is best for the image, let it decide and don’t let your ego get in the way.

Ernst Hass on the subject …

“There are black and white snobs, as well as colour snobs. Because of their inability to use both well, they act on the defensive and create camps. We should never judge a photographer by what film he uses- only by how he uses it.”

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Infrared flash photograph

Campground outside of Columbus, Ohio  (Candid)

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Pinky  The Grove, Los Angeles, CA (Candid)

…a big challenge nowadays is to get a photo of someone without a cell phone in hand.

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Bronze memorializing the soda fountain where the civil rights sit-in took place  Wichita, KS

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Gravestone  Cincinnati, OH

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Pucker Up!  Hollywood, CA  Infrared flash photograph (Candid)

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Memphis, TN

To see a diversified mix of America I traveled through 24 states and D.C. for this project. While shooting I didn’t have the luxury of sticking around for hours until the sun or weather changed into something I may have liked better. That is the domain of the anal landscape photog with tripod in tow. My challenge was to get a great shot in 10-15 minutes and move on.

Being self-funded and not rich, the budget is always a concern. When shooting in Manhattan the only way I could swing it was to stay at a campsite in Jersey City and take the transport into NYC.

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It cost $65 a day to sleep in your vehicle or $55 a day to sleep in a tent. (You supply the tent.) I asked if I could sleep in my vehicle at the Ferry parking lot in NJ, but they said no. If they would have allowed it, it would have cost about $19 a day.

 I thought about taking a bus / hotel package to NYC, but the hotel killed the deal. The bus was only $28 for a one way Greyhound from Pittsburgh to NYC, but the hotel was $2750. Only bad thing about tent life is you have to carry all your gear on your back for fear of theft. I prefer staying in vehicles as I can hide some of my gear under the car seats and trunk.

I boondock all over to save $…Wal-Marts, casinos, motel parking lots, rest stops, truck stops…even a church parking lot. If your working with a limited budget that is how you do it. When I’m on the road I can wash up in any bathroom I find or hit the showers at the truck stops every few days for $10 to $13 a pop.

A good boondocking trick is to make a 25% dilute alcohol / water mix and use it to wash your body with a washcloth. Then wring out the cloth and use a water soaked cloth to go over your body. If you want privacy for a sponge bath, go into stall and stand or squat on top of the toilet.

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 Thornville, OH

(Candid…but you can only be ‘so candid’ when your using white light flash.)

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Los Angeles, CA (Candid)

The lady above died a short time after I shot her and the long bench was torn down. Her house was the concrete bench at L.A.’s MacArthur Park. I’m glad I was able to document her for my book. This is the gift photography provides to mankind – a way to go back…a time capsule of sorts.

The gift that photography provides me is a way to make sense of my world. I don’t do photography to make money or to try and ‘change the world’ for the better. I am not a god, I don’t claim to know what is better. But, I can freeze time to get a better look of it at home.

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NYC Subway

Art is the way many of us make sense of our world. A wordsmith sifts it all through their brain and writes a book or article, a musician composes a song, a poet pens a poem, an artist sketches a drawing or does a painting, a photog shoots a pix, a sculptor forms a statue, a choreographer creates a dance. We each express what is in us and make sense of our world through our art.

My old home town L.A. has changed tremendously since Frank’s time. They have more people living in tents and under tarps than many American cities have population.

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In the shadow of City Hall – Homeless tent encampment Los Angeles 2015

(In the shadow of City Hall was shot on the fly, through my car windshield while driving, unframed.)

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Infrared flash photograph

Times Square Food Stand  NYC

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  Ohio Valley

Last time I was in L.A. I asked a guy living in Santa Monica how much he is paying for rent in a apartment building at the beach. He said 3 guys live in a 1 bedroom and split $2600 a month rent. He told me they take weekly turns at sleeping in the bedroom.

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Thornville, OH

With the high cost of living, people seem more frantic nowadays to make a buck…any way they can.

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Bareback Musclefuck

In the mid 1990’s they had a black homeless lady that hanged around the portajohns at Santa Monica beach. She would ask passerby’s, Give me a dollar and I’ll show you my clit. 

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Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

I can see why it is easy to become homeless if you lose a foothold for a month or two and you are living paycheck to paycheck. Cold water flats are a thing of the past. One months rent of $1800 for an upscale apartment in Pittsburgh would have paid for six years rent on a cold water flat back in Frank’s day.

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Busker  Las Vegas, NV

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Sad Buskers   Times Square, NYC  Infrared flash photograph (Candid)

One of the gals was crying for a lack of business. (See note:b)

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Gas Panhandler 2016

He brings an empty can over and asks if you can spare a little gas while you are filling up. He waits at the station as long as it takes bumming gas until he fills up.

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The family has changed a lot…

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Stats tell us 50% of the marriages fail. Families are not close-knit affairs living on the farm, where multi-generation live and die under one roof. Nowadays families scatter to the four winds to fend for themselves.

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Cotillion ~  Viennese Winter Ball   Wheeling, WV 2016

Marriage is in decline with kids. They got their cell phones, hook-up apps and can get ‘fuck buddies’ on demand…so why get married?

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Thornville, OH
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The benefit of a committed relationship / marriage / family support is it gave people a back-up if there was a financial emergency. I was talking with an old gal in her 90’s. She said during the depression they had almost 10 people in their extended family living under one roof trying to get by. The few that worked helped to support the family members that were unemployed. Without family support 6 of the 10 would have been homeless.

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I was at a concert in Ohio and saw these 2 standing beside each other. I asked him if she was his girlfriend. He said “No, she’s my buddy”  and he gave her a little hug. At the time I did not know of the term ‘fuck buddies’ so I didn’t think to ask him, “Are you fuck buddies or just plain buddies?”

Well, young or old, humans thrive on affection…Bikers Mardi Gras no. 26 Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Campground outside of Detroit, MI

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Our food supply has changed a lot…

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Left: Farmers market (Kennebec) ~  Middle:  Dole (Red) ~  Right: Green Giant (Idaho)

Potatoes stored in a root cellar for 6 months.

When I was a kid, simple things like finding untreated potatoes that were not irradiated or chemically treated so they would not sprout was not a hard job. When I surveyed the supermarkets in my local all the commercial potatoes, even organic potatoes were treated one way or another so they would not sprout. It was not a novelty to see peaches with fuzz on them that actually tasted good and had a wonderful fragrance when ripening.

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Lets go back in time to David R. Shackelford’s retirement party in the 1960’s, courtesy of The Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

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Back then workers stayed with the same company for 25 or 30 years then retired with a pension. Once flipping companies became the rage on Wall Street, the pensions had to be spun off as companies were being dismantled left and right during the ‘takeover craze’ years. This coupled with people changing jobs like people change their socks also contributed to the pension’s demise.

David’s’ party sported real china, real metal cutlery, a linen tablecloth and fancy folded napkins…and a bunch of white guys.

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Greenwich Village, NYC

Nowadays…white people are worried they may be extinct one day. Scientists do support this theory, with an eventual muddling of the races.

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Politics and politicians…

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The Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

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Magazine rack at supermarket – border of Kentucky and Ohio

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Swapmeet Ohio

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The Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

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Thornville, OH

In the early 70’s, before the oil crunch,  gasoline was .23 cents a gallon. A one bedroom apartment in L.A. was $150 a month. Studios were $75 to $95. Tuition at L.A.C.C. cost $6.50 a semester and Cal State L.A. was $63 a trimester. For one tuition fee a student could take as many classes as they liked.

If you attended a junior college for the first 2 years, a bachelor’s degree could be had for $450 to $500 in tuition costs. Houses in L.A.’s Miracle Mile district, that sell for 2 to 3 million dollars now, only cost $25,000 back then.

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Huffin  Thornville, OH

In the news this year they claimed in the distant future robots will be taking 75% of the jobs. Who knows the real number of jobs to be lost, but it is the American way. We are a capitalist country and money is god.

Gigs, freelancing and ‘winging it’ by a growing army of freelancers, temps, contractors, part-timers, day laborers, micro-entrepreneurs, gig-preneurs, solo-preneurs, contingent labor, perma-lancers and perma-temps seems to be the new normal.

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‘Lette  Thornville, OH

If we were bees or ants then humans could be successful communists.  Can you imagine bees and ants working as greedy, self-centered capitalists? They would be extinct…wouldn’t they? But we can see when greedy and ego based human nature is mixed with communism it becomes worse than the capitalism.

In a world that requires continuous consumption to work, something will eventually have to give, unless the resources are infinite. I don’t pretend to have the answers…all I can do is document the world during my stay on earth.

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Staten Island Ferry  NYC  (Candid)

Beside Trump, Islam is in the news a lot nowadays. A 2015 Pew Study predicts Islam to be the worlds most dominant religion. Will Sharia Law be what controls the world 100 years after Frank? Are you worried? If so, in 2016 that makes you Islamaphobic!

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/12/25/460797744/a-religious-forecast-for-2050-atheism-is-down-islam-is-rising

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I had read that Tinder, Facebook and some others have expanded their gender identity list to include some of these options. Wow, things are very complex now. I need a guide book for figuring it out. I looked some of them up then forgot what they mean. Looks like they left off Lesbian Separatist.

Agender
Androgyne
Androgynous
Bigender
Cis
Cisgender
Cis Female
Cis Male
Cis Man
Cis Woman
Cisgender Female
Cisgender Male
Cisgender Man
Cisgender Woman
Female to Male
FTM
Gender Fluid
Gender Nonconforming
Gender Questioning
Gender Variant
Genderqueer
Intersex
Male to Female
MTF
Neither
Neutrois
Non-binary
Other
Pangender
Trans
Trans*
Trans Female
Trans* Female
Trans Male
Trans* Male
Trans Man
Trans* Man
Trans Person
Trans* Person
Trans Woman
Trans* Woman
Transfeminine
Transgender
Transgender Female
Transgender Male
Transgender Man
Transgender Person
Transgender Woman
Transmasculine
Transsexual
Transsexual Female
Transsexual Male
Transsexual Man
Transsexual Person
Transsexual Woman
Two-Spirit

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Melissa  Los Angeles, CA

Over the years the ability to transition from male to female has improved greatly for all those unhappy with their birth gender.

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Jennifur  Los Angeles, CA 1974

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Bathroom 2016   Ohio Valley

A lady complained to me that she didn’t feel comfortable having a guy with a penis use the same bathroom as her just because he thought he was a woman. I told her I’ve known a lot of trans people over the years and most of them have no interest in women, they like men.

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Joe at doorway  Hollywood, CA 1974

I told her just in case you run across a trans poser that is after women, get some pepper spray. Are you worried about this topic? If so, in 2016 that makes you a homophobic!

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Infrared flash photograph (Candid..ish)  Near Columbus, Ohio

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The Kiss  Thornville, OH

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Art Installation LACMA  Los Angeles, CA

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Reinbeau…her toenails matched her fingernails   Las Vegas, NV

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Little Dicky – The Lucky Chops from NYC

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Sunday on the Ohio River   Wheeling, WV

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Thornville, OH

Water is in the news a lot nowadays. I wish I had a sample of 1950’s tap water to test to see how it would compare to the dirty water we drink in 2016….was it worse or was it better? A lot of America’s water comes from polluted rivers. The rivers not only get the factory chemicals dumped in them the rivers are where many cities dump their human waste.

If your city gets its water from a river, you may be drinking recycled human waste.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of tap water from Wheeling, WV.

Water source: Ohio River

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Even if you have a clean source for your drinking water, some locals seem to be having a hard time keeping pace with our ever growing population.

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Drought marker Hoover Dam   Arizona / Nevada

A ranger told me it has been decades since the high water mark was last reached.

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The missing beat girl…

While working with the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection, an area that stood out was the lack of tattoos that the gals had back in Frank’s time compared to our girls of today.

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Infrared flash photo  Freemont St.  Las Vegas, NV (Candid)

Our girls used to be natural…no tattoos or pierced clit hoods!  And believe me, I’ve seen every type of gone gal under the sun from the beat era! Over the last couple years I have looked through about 125,000 photos of beat girls from the 1940’s to 1960’s and out of all those photos I only found one gal with a tat. She had a small one about as big as a half-dollar on her hip.

Well, when I find the beat girl with the tat I will have to post her here. It is a real rarity, but she is lost in the archives as of now…

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Selections from Girls of the Beat Generation 6 volume artist’s book series

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Notes:

(a) Photos used in post are for illustration only. Not all photos shown are from The Americans…60 years after Frank

(b) I don’t interview my subjects and seldom talk to them. Any description I use is just my best guess of the situation at hand. Surface appearance is not always reliable and I may be wrong.

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The Americans…60 years after Frank is scheduled for printing Winter of 2017.

A complete list of artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/artists-books-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr-2/

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A Thanksgiving Remembrance 2016

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Homeless tent encampment Los Angeles 2015

from The Americans…60 years after Frank artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Hunger

Poem by Louis G. Gonot

Hello sir, can you see me?
I know, it’s hard
No one will feed me
I mean you all think what is Christmas Without a tree
But look, I can count my ribs, 1,2,3
How can this be
We all live in this land of plenty
Plenty of what, and for who
But not for me
I am the invisible one you hope to ignore
Who you pray doesn’t knock at your Holy Christmas door
Asking for food, just enough to stay alive
I mean you no harm
I just don’t to die
Can you still see me, or am I already dead
Visions of starvation still filling my head
I ask you kind sir for a morsel or a bite
Of your sweet Christmas ham on this cold snowy night
Just one small meal and I will leave your sight
I pray that you can help me for I can no longer go on
My body it now weakens, and I may not see the dawn
You tell that’s fine and to go my way
For you’ve heard enough to ruin your Christmas day
You have gifts to give and merry to make
And will not offer to fix my mistakes
I never knew I was to blame
For dying in the streets alone and ashamed

Those NYC gals can sure toss their hair!

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Article Dedication

in honor of

Weegee & Berenice Abbott

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Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

The one gal in the middle doesn’t seem to like it. GD, she can toss her hair in my face any day of the week!

You never know what or who you will see in NYC. Earlier that day I was walking on 5th Avenue and ran across Bruce Gilden.

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Bruce Gilden 2016 Infrared Photo

I had my infrared camera in-hand, so made due with a quick, unframed grab shot as I walked by…I’m not much of a kibitzer.

I had spent a few days in Manhattan shooting for 7 book projects.  Actually I stayed at a campsite in Jersey City and took the transport.

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It was $65 a day to sleep in your vehicle or $55 a day to sleep in a tent. (You supply the tent.) I thought about taking the bus, but the hotel killed the deal. The bus was only $28 for a one way Greyhound from Pittsburgh to NYC, but the hotel was $2750. I asked if I could sleep in my vehicle at the Ferry parking lot in NJ, but they said no. If they would have allowed it, it would have cost about $19 a day.

Only bad thing about tent life is you have to carry all your gear on your back for fear of theft. I prefer staying in vehicles as you can hide some of your gear under the car seats and trunk. I boondock all over to save $…Wal-Marts, casinos, motel parking lots, rest stops, truck stops, so a Ferry parking lot is no big deal to me.

When on the road boondocking I can wash up in any bathroom I find or hit the showers at the truck stops every few days for $10 to $13 a pop. A good boondocking trick is to make a 25% dilute alcohol / water mix and use it to wash your body with a washcloth. Then wring out the cloth and use a water soaked cloth to go over your body. If you want privacy for a sponge bath, go into stall and stand or squat on top of the toilet.

My main work in Manhattan was for my artist’s book The Americans…60 years after Frank.   It is expensive to travel nowadays. Even if you sleep in a tent it is easy to spend $800+ for a week shooting in NYC. Since I am all self-funded and not rich I try to spread the financial risk around and work on multi-projects if I can, hence why I was working on 7 book projects.

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Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

From what I can see, NYC is the yawning capitol of world. Every time a mouth opened up I shot them!

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Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

The trouble with yawners in NYC is many times it is so congested with people you can’t get close.

I prefer to shoot right up in people’s faces…

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10 minutes after midnight – Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

Oh well, up close or far away, you just press the button and sort it out at home. It is good practice and as an ADD it keeps me going with something to do. Still, I have to be somewhat judicious shooting or I can easily end up with 10,000 photos every few days. (I am highly skilled at candid photography. If I wanted to I can shoot almost anyone that walks by me…but why?)

Next year when I get a chance to go through the few thousand photos I shot I will write the camera fondlers a post called. “If you say you can’t do street photography in NYC…you’re FUCKED…go shoot sunsets or burning steel wool!”

I’m sorry, but there is just no nice way to put it. I’m not going to lie to you to coddle you. It is just sickening the amount of street / people photo ops that are presented every minute to the street photog in NYC.

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Sad Buskers Times Square 2016 – Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

I felt bad for these girls. The one girl was crying – no one wanted to pay them to take a photo with their boobies out. NYC is a tough place if your broke. If I lived in NYC I’d be homeless.  Note:(a)

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Times Square Food Cart 2016 – Infrared Flash Photo

At least in my old home town L.A. you wont freeze to death living in a tent…

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In the shadow of City Hall 2015

One of the many homeless tent encampments in L.A. Shot through my windshield while driving…unframed.

Now, if you camera fondlers can’t grow some balls to do candid work, hit the subway or the Staten Island Ferry. The subway and Ferry are the easiest places to grow your balls. Put the camera in your lap, hit the self timer- then look away so you wont piss your pants.

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NYC Subway

You wont dare chimp as you don’t want to blow your cover, so you wont know what you got till you get home and it will be a surprise. Then you could be just like the camera fondlers that wanted to spend $20,000 for the Leica with no screen so they could be surprised and not distracted.

These Leica fondlers thought the screen was the root of all their problems.  They felt the ‘screen’ was the only reason why they shot shitty photos. So, to them it seemed like a bargain to pay almost triple the cost of a regular Leica with the screen, to get a Leica with no screen….what goddamn bozos!

Anyway, if your practice, pretty soon your balls will grow from the size of freezer burnt green peas to the size of kidney beans if you get your ass in gear.

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This gal knew something was up. She could not pinpoint it but kept giving me the evil eye. (If my camera was silent she would not have known a thing.)

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Well evil eye or not, I just moved closer to her and rested the camera on the rail. I was just a few inches from her face. After 6 or 7 shots she put her hand up in front of her face.

Anyway I was just screwing around. As I said, I got ADD so I have to be pressing the button one way or another. Hey, wait a minute, her pix inspired me to make a book called Humans of New York…No BULLSHIT!

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NYC Subway (Candid)

Even though I may use this bullshit shot of the lady, the Humans of New York…No BULLSHIT book would be all candid shots, no posed bullshit.

Hey, wait another minute, that idea sparked another book idea…Hijabs of New York!

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Staten Island Ferry (Candid)

Staten Island Ferry? If I lived in NY I could make another book on the Ferry!

Now, I’m only in NYC for a few hours shooting as I don’t live there. Still, I manage to get a few decent keepers. What is your excuse NY’ers that only have to go out of your front door to bring home fantastic shots?? Could it be you are spending too much time getting hard-ons by fingering your cams??

Fondlers, why not try to get hard over bringing home great photos instead of fanaticizing over the next cam your going to buy?  Instead of camera fondling, try hitting the pavement and pressing the button more. Fondlers, there is tremendous satisfaction if you can settle on your gear, be happy and satisfied and just produce iconic photography instead of constant gear dissatisfaction. The problem is not with your gear, fondlers…the problem is with YOU!

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/what-is-the-best-camera-in-the-world/

Well, the possibilities are endless when you shooting in NYC…as long as your out there. It also helps to have numerous projects to shoot for. You can see how book and project ideas develop…they feed off each other. As Winogrand once said…The more I do…the more I do.

…this post is a good example of the ADD mind. It starts out with a hair toss and ends up with hijabs!

Notes:

(a) I don’t interview the people I shoot and almost never talk to them. As such, any description I give to my photos is pure speculation. I interpret the situation the best I can, but I may be wrong. Surface appearance in not always reliable.

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The anal-ytical mind.

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I’ve been thrown off of some forums just for using the words ‘anal photog.’ Weegee calls them mental masturbators aka ‘table top’ photogs. When I write about the anal photog I am using shorthand and referring to anal-ytical, anal-yze, anal-ysis. Having ‘brain smarts’ is great, but in the line of street and doc photography, overthinking and ‘analysis paralysis’ can hinder you getting the shot.

Either Kertész or Eisenstaedt said they had a ‘short circuit from the brain to the finger’ when it comes to pressing the button. I think it should be better termed as a direct connection from the eye to the finger.

For successful street / doc shooting there should be very little thinking and the button should be pushed as a second nature as soon as you recognize the shot. If you shoot  guns…think point shooting.

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De Wallen Graffiti 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

 

Faces of Gentrification

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From The Americans…60 years after Frank

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The Zone System is dead!

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The Zone System is dead.  Well, that was what one guy posted at his blog.

http://www.johnnypatience.com/the-zone-system-is-dead/

Zone system is not dead. At least not for the anal landscapers and still life shooters. I don’t think Ansel and Fred would have approved of all the darkroom masturbation Johnny Patience does with his film. But, Ansel was an anal tripod shooter for the most part, whereas Johnny is mainly a street shooter. So lets be clear…one tool does not always work for all jobs.

Now, with my street and doc work the zone system was seldom of much use to me. I didn’t have time to do much thinking as I was chasing this guy down a dark alley for a photo in 1971.

Untitiled no.1 copyright 1971 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

The anal photogs are used to working with pretty perfect files and trying their anal best to get it perfect in-cam. Whereas street / documentary photographers are used to working with imperfect files and making something great out of it.

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Infrared flash photo – New York 2016 by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Mike Busey 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

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With fast shooting or even slow shooting, we are not always able to get the exposure or composition right in the camera. Cropping and post processing can make or break a photo. In my case, almost all my photos are cropped and the vast majority of them can be improved with post processing.

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The Sunlit Slipper

This shows what 2.5 hours of Lightroom can do for a pix. I shot it in the early 1970’s when I was 19 in Hollywood, CA. The only light was the window. I had a tripod and beat up SWC and that was it. The Sunlit Slipper never amounted to much from my wet print days. Digital revealed what was hiding in the neg all those years.

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Selection from De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Redlight District artist’s book

Here is an example of push processing an image. The gal was pushed 2 to 2.5 stops. The guys head was pushed 4 to 4.5 stops. Normally a photo pushed this much would be trash for me. But, shooting in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is forbidden, so I have to allow for a wider net of acceptable quality under the circumstances.

My landmark book De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Redlight District was shot in 5 days. That was all limited budget allowed for.

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Infrared flash photo series from Piercing Darkness artists’ book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/piercing-darkness-update/

One of the problems with IR flash at night is most of the time you are dependent on flash for 100% of the light. The little ambient light that is available gets lost with IR. You can see the fall-off in the shot above; the foreground was pulled 1.5 stops the background was pushed 3 to 4 stops.

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When I shot Captain of Wall Street 90014 all I had for light was the window and one bare bulb on the ceiling. While this photo did not need cropping, it did require lots of post processing to make it doable.

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Shooting into the sun made it a hard one to develop – this is the 21st version.

Order Women Like Pizza Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

That is how it usually goes for candid street work. You can’t pick and choose your lighting. (Unless your one of the modern day ‘street posers’ that try to pass off staged work as candid street photography.) With fast street shooting – you turn left it is one exposure, turn right it is another. We have to split the difference many times.

BTW…‘Order Women like Pizza’ is the world record for how close you can get shooting a candid with a digital rangefinder….less than a foot!. (I got candids going down to 2 or 3 inches from the subject, but, I liked this one best.)

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Homage to Weegee 2012

Again, shooting into the sun has to be balanced the best you can do in post.

When you do street or doc work, if you come back with 70% to 80% of what you were after, you can still have a winner. We just try and do the best we can…in the blink of an eye it can be gone. No time to even say ‘zone system’ many a time.

Further Reading:

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/the-best-picture-rings-with-the-eye-as-the-right-chord-rings-with-the-ear/

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De Wallen Graffiti copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

 

Do you find photography a solitary activity?

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From Model Mayhem Forum…

T. Noble writes:

Do you find photography a solitary activity?

I mean other then a model or subject, who else do you socialize with? Other photographers that share your interest and passion? None of my old friends are really interested in photography other then maybe having a poster on there wall of an Ansel Adams pic. It has been my experience that finding others who share this passion to socialize with has been very difficult if not entirely nonexistent.

I have joined photo clubs, but find the people in those sort of groups to be the sort of people that want to share their work and hear a bunch of praise, but don’t really share that much else. Snobbish, neo-yuppy, or old retired types that just like to take pics of flowers or tree bark.

There have been a couple of pro’s in the group, but again, they treat photography like it’s something not to be shared or explained, unless you’re willing to pay them for their expertise, despite being in a club that promotes education and learning.

How about you?

What has your experience been with other photographers? Do you have other photographers that you are really able to be friends with?

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Well T. Noble, some photogs like shooting in groups, others don’t. I’ve always been a loner, so working alone is nothing new to me.

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Betty Page by Weegee

I work alone in my ‘Lightroom’ as well as when I shoot on the street. I have no photog friends. Family members hate my work and have nothing to do with it. The only time I really have any interactions with people is the rare occasion I shoot posed photos.

It used to be I had a good deal of interaction with my subjects in my early days of photography. Back then my mantra was ‘meet on the street…shoot at the home.’ But I don’t do much of that of work any longer. I’m old and times have changed. People are self-sufficient with their digital cams and $29 Wal-Mart inkjet printers, so they don’t need an old guy shooting pix of them when I approach them on the street.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/meet-on-the-street-shoot-at-the-home/

Sometimes when I see a photog on the street I may say hello, but it is rare that I do. Usually the photog has their lens shade on backwards and the lens cap still on. The last time I spoke with a photog was 2012 when I was in Venice, CA and saw a guy with a Leica. Oh, and a few months ago I spoke with a gal that had a twin lens reflex tattooed on her arm – but she did not seem conducive to chit-chat. (Maybe if I was a young guy?)

I used to be on a number of photo forums, but got banned from them all…

Here is a partial list of sites that have banned me, blocked my posts or asked me to stop posting.

APUG
Model Mahem
Rangefinder Forum
AV Forums
Luminous Landscape Forum
Pentax Forum
Wiki Commons
M43 Forum
Photobucket
A.D. Coleman Blog
Flickr
Peta Pixel
Digital Photography Review
The Photoforum
Fuji Forum (original)
Fuji Forum (new)
Fuji Rumors
Eric Kim Blog
Photography on the Net Forum
PopPhoto Forum
Photo Camel Forum
Cinematography Forum
Large Format Forum
B & H Blog
Real Photographer Forum
Leica Forum
Photo.net Forum
Amateur Photographer Forum
Open College of the Arts Blog

I tried to join a local shutterbug club but was discouraged to join. They had about 20 members and didn’t like my photography. They were landscapers and flower photogs.

A few years ago when I was starting out with museum placements I wrote to a number of well known photogs asking for advice. Only got a reply from one.

I’m an old film photog, so my digital knowledge is limited. But if someone asks me…I tell em what I can. They don’t have to pay me. Photography has been my lifetime avocation and anytime I can help another photog out I will. If you read my blog you know I don’t hold back a thing. I breastfeed it all to you…

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

But, there is one area that I won’t oblige. That area is being accompanied by the ‘roving pack of street photogs.’

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I had read about photogs that like to gather at meetups and scour the streets for photo ops. That roving pack of street photogs are usually composed of camera fondlers. Anyone serious about street work wont go for it.

In a 1981 Visions and Images interview,  Barbralee Diamstein Spielvogel asked Joel Meyerowitz how he got into street photography. Meyerowitz recounts how he met Robert Frank as part of his art directing job and went out with Frank for a street shooting session. After that initial meeting, Meyerowitz decided then and there he would become a photographer. Mererowitz also talks about shooting sessions walking around with Garry Winogrand.

The interview also details when Meyerowitz, Tony Ray Jones and a 3rd unnamed photog approached Cartier-Bresson for a ‘tag a long’ they were turned down. Bresson told them to meet after the shoot for coffee. That is how a serious street photog works…not a camera fondler.

So, all in all, yes T. Noble, I find photography a solitary activity.

Artists seem to have a higher than normal suicide rate T. Noble.  If you require socializing for happiness, then work towards that goal.  Check out meetup to get your fix of packs of roving street photogs for you to chew the fat with!

http://www.meetup.com/topics/photo/

“Never give up! Don’t listen to the haters. Don’t try to be an artist unless you can work and live in isolation, without any thanks….bleak, but needed until you get to the much lauded place.” ~ Scape Martinez

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From Flappers

A forthcoming 6 volume artist’s book series by social documentary photographer Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/announcing-the-flappers-artists-book-series-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr/

A complete list of artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/artists-books-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr-2/

No need to wait…shoot where you’re at!

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A camera fondler on one of the photo forums wrote that he could not practice street photography until he could do some traveling on vacation.

Guys and gals – No need to wait…shoot where you’re at and I mean anyplace.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/being-at-one-with-your-camera/

Now, some of these were shot while traveling. But 24 of the photos are from my hometown or nearby.

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Concert  (Candid…ish)

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Video Porn Booth

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NYE Party  – Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

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Zombie Walk (Candid)

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Gay Bar / Transwoman – Infrared Flash Photo (Candid)

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Campground

On a plane

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Alley

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Haunted House (adult themed) – Infrared Flash Photo

Man Eating Trash 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Sidewalk  (Candid)

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Side Street

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A meeting of lesbian separatists – Infrared Flash Photo

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Park – Infrared Flash Photo

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Bikers’ Rally

Illuminated Vagina and Labia 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Sex Shop

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Las Vegas (Candid)

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D.C.

Imagine That! copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Under a Freeway

St. Martin 11 copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Beach (Candid)

Freemont Street No. 2 copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Freemont St.

Two Blind Beggars copyright 1972 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Hollywood Blvd  (Candid)

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Rodeo

Jenny copyright 1972 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr..

Kitchen (Candid)

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Griffith Park  (Candid)

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Country Road (Candid)

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Zoo  (Candid)

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Lunch Break

Dancing Queen Bride Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Wedding Reception (Candid)

Deer Still Life Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Grassy Field

Irish Bagpiper Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Concert  (Candid)

Lost Princess Copyright 2013 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Local Street Fair (Candid)

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Concert (Candid)

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Road… a mile from where I live.

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Red Room Amsterdam (Candid)

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Free Jazz Concert

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Poetry Slam

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Swapmeet

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Talent Show

Moo project copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Fair

Moondog Wheeling WV 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Mailing a letter

Ralph Eugene Meatyard produced tons of great work right in his own backyard.

Don’t make excuses ~ make photographs!

 

Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone…the tents are already back up.

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In the Shadow of City Hall V25 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Homeless tent encampment Los Angeles 2015

The tents are already back up in Seattle?

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/29/495184766/seattle-swings-between-hounding-the-homeless-and-leaving-them-alone

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That should be no surprise. Tearing down tent camps will not fix the problem. Most homeless people don’t live on the street from choice. Tear down the tents and the homeless will just sleep under the stars…

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In the old days families were more generational close-knit and people had safety supports. An old gal told me during the depression 3 families lived in a small house to get by. Nowadays everyone is on their own more or less. No support other than the concrete.

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During the Great Depression they had lodging houses to give people a bed.

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We still have some charity kitchens to feed people. Here is a Depression era soup kitchen.

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The homeless seemed to prefer hard-sided, makeshift houses back then to the tents the homeless pitch nowadays – NYC

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Christmas in NY 1930’s

They say robots will take a big chunks of the jobs in the future. As the population swells, robots take the jobs, housing and the cost of living skyrocket…the proverbial writing is on the wall.

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De Wallen Graffiti 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

 

 

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Change in posting timeline for balance of 2016

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During 2016 I have been sending in a minimum of 4 posts a month, scheduled every 7-9 days. Starting in October 2016 I will be reducing my posting schedule to a minimum of 3 posts per month or 1 post every 10 days.

Due to a lack of time and being overwhelmed with photo projects I had to initiate these changes. I am a photog not a writer.

Just in the area of artist’s books, I have completed or am working on about 128 books. Then I have many, many thousand photos in the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection that need to be scanned and organized. On top of that I have many tens of thousands of  photos I shot over the last 3 to 4 years I have never even looked at yet…just no time.

As was the case prior to this change, I may send in quick, off the cuff posts if they fit into my schedule. So, 3  posts a months is a minimum and not maximum.

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From America in T-Shirts artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.