NEW YORK CITY & BROOKLYN: THE WORLD IN ITS HYPOCRISY

“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”  ― Oscar Wilde

Artist Phoebe New York

Newest Ron English piece on St Marks and 1st

Artists Voxx Romana, City Kitty, and Turtle Caps
By artist Praxis, a Colombian now based in NYC
Killing Kermit. East Village, NYC
Artist Golden 305
Unicorn by Miami-based artist Golden 305in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Warhol by SacSix

Basquiat

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YEAR-END PRODUCT REVIEW: VIVITAR DKS-20 CAMERA BAG

It’s been a great year with my Vivitar DKS-20 bag! I started the year using it solely as a camera bag with my laptop, but by the end, it became my primary backpack; enough space to add clothes and journals, all of the things I needed quick access to as I travelled to Lebanon and around Moldova, Transnistria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the UK.  It is THE most comfortable camera bag I’ve ever carried on my back. I sincerely mean that. And with as much walking around cities and towns that I do, this comfort is no small thing. For any size camera bag and more (!), you can check out their website:

http://www.vivitar.com

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Bucharest, Romania. My Ukrainian Rushnyk (ritual cloth), my Canon 6D, and my suede Adidas Hamburgs nestled securely in a side pocket of my Vivitar bag. 
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In a valley in Moldova in July. Photo: Ahmet Yildiz
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Waiting on a train platform in Sibiu, Romania. September 2017.
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A beach break in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA. June 2017.
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With a graffiti wall in New York City, USA. April 2017. 
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Transnistria. July 2017. Photo: Svitlana Bulkina
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Another train platform. Salzburg, Austria. September 2017

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Transnistria. July 2017
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Leaning against a David Rothman mural in Cocoa Beach, Florida. June 2017.
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Acknowledging the presence in Moldova. July 2017.
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Coffee break. Cocoa Beach, Florida. June 2017.

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Transnistria. Photo: Svitlana Bulkina

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: 1944

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Alte Oper (Old Opera) House. Completed in 1880, but destroyed by bombs in 1944. It was rebuilt slowly and reopened in 1981.

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Standing since 1983 in Zeil Promenade: “David and Goliath” by Richard Hess.

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“whoever gives up his freedom to gain courage will lose both in the end” 

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15sep17 Frankfurt, Germany

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA 🇦🇹: ROCK ME AMADEUS

I saw this in a window, but I don’t know why. Jean Claude Van Damme is Belgian.
To mark the seventh Salzburg Art Project, the English sculptor Anthony Cragg has installed an approximately 5 metre-high sculpture made of patinated bronze on the Makartplatz. The title “Caldera” is a geological term denoting a volcanic crater, which in English also carries poetic connotations. Here the artist is exploring space and matter, suffused with the energy and emotion unleashed by dramatic processes. And, not least, he is alluding to the bowl-like location of Salzburg itself. http://salzburgfoundation.at/en/salzburg-art-project/anthony-cragg-2008/
Salzach River runs between the Old Town and New Town.

Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church). Completed in 1707.

Mozart’s birthplace. He was born here on January 27, 1756. The family lived on the third floor from 1747-1773.

The oldest delicatessen store in the festival city of Salzburg has been in operation since its establishment as a colonial goods trader in the Getreidegasse over 350 years ago. The lovingly maintained antique shelves guarantee a sense of nostalgia. Four generations of the Kopp family have now run the business since 1919. https://www.salzburg.info/en/travel-info/infos/r.f.azwanger_az_10646
Selfie time.
Love ❤️ locks 🔐 on the bridge.
Passage for ‘schmucks’ only.
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Dreifaltigkeitskirche. Completed in 1702.

The Mozarts lived here from 1773-1787.

13sep17 Salzburg, Austria 🇦🇹 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: EINBAHN

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St. Stephens Cathedral in all of its Gothic Glory

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Wustenrot is an insurance company that happens to be housed in a gorgeous architectural wonder in the city center. The statue in front is of Johannes Gensberg, a.k.a. Gutenberg, the inventor of the modern printing press.

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Mozarthaus, Mozart’s House 1784-1787

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Josef is a political prisoner who was jailed in 2014. He was arrested in an anti-fascist demonstration against the right-wing group Akademikerball. 

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He lives!

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It’s not just Vienna. It seems like just about every city throws up this slogan somewhere. 
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Mozart lived in this building between 1784-1787
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Older piece from Puerta Rican artist Alexis Diaz, standing the test of time off of Favoritenstrasse.
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From Colombian street artist, Stinkfish.
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A Space Invader spotted up high
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The wear and tear brings even more character to this piece by Miami-based Evoca 1.

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Happy Pez next to a brooding image.

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11&12Sep2017 Vienna, Austria

BRASOV TO SIBIU, ROMANIA: TRAINSPOTTING

I don’t have any idea what I’m doing or where I’m going. As my destination becomes blurrier and blurrier, my bags have to get lighter and lighter. So, I left my beloved Birkenstocks (Chicago 2015) at Kismet Dao Hostel in Brasov and caught a taxi to the train station. Bought a ticket for Sibiu and contemplated my directionless life by putting some heavy thoughts on postcards to friends and taking photographs of everything around me.

On the train I stared out the window and took more photos ~ my way of processing thoughts that I can’t put into words.

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30aug17 Brasov to Sibiu, Romania

BRASOV, ROMANIA: WE TRANSYLVANIAN NOBLES…

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We Transylvanian nobles love not to think that our bones may be amongst the common dead. I seek not gaiety nor mirth, not the bright voluptuousness of much sunshine and sparkling waters which please the young and gay. I am no longer young; and my heart, through wearing years of mourning over the dead, is not attuned to mirth. Moreover, the walls of my castle are broken; the shadows are many, and the wind breathes cold through the broken battlements and casements. I love the shade and the shadow, and would be alone with my thoughts when I may.” ― Bram Stoker

28aug17 Brasov, Romania