Oysters

Midtown, NYC. 2014.

Fancy restaurant/Fruit stand.

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Farewell 2013

Farewell 2013

Let us say adieu to 2013 and welcome in the new year.
2013 left us in a hurry like a subway train, never to look back. In this upcoming year I want to focus on myself. I want to focus on my photography and be an adventurer. I want to travel. I want to put myself and the camera in new places we’ve never been. I want to share my passion with everyone, even if they don’t care to listen. This is who I am. I will not deny myself who I am and neither should anyone else. Let’s work on being honest with ourselves and light the way with our own torch of passion. Let’s be strong in the face of darkness, even when our torch is seemingly at its last embers. Rekindle the fire and keep burning.

I’ve made some new social networking accounts today to keep the fire going. Please visit and follow me.

https://twitter.com/UGstreet
http://ugstreet.tumblr.com/

I’ve also made some adjustments on my official page:
http://www.ugstreets.com

Thank you all for an amazing year full of wonder, fear, education, Love, inspiration, dreams, longing, and hope.

-Yuji

Ode to Bresson

Ode to Bresson

I had watched a documentary on the legendary pioneer of street photography and godfather of modern photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson. One image in particular struck a chord inside of me. This one: HCBpuddle

I quickly became obsessed with this image and watched the documentary to see how he found it. He explained that he looked through the crack between two planks of a wooden fence and snapped a shot as the man went through the puddle. The photo in its original form had two dark borders to the left and right from the fence. He confesses that shoving the camera into the crack made the image sharper than it should have been. This means Henri was looking at EVERYTHING. Even through cracks of fences. He’s not just observing, he’s searching. He’s putting the camera where no cameras have ever been. I was inspired. After a long rainy day, I found the biggest puddle and watched people hop over it. Reflections from water in particular have always been one of my favorite focal points. It becomes a sort of magical mirror.

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Power Color

Power Color

WTF is going on here?!
Is his shirt really THAT pink?
I think this guy is taking his business power colors a little too seriously.
It’s actually a building across the street that has purple tints on it, reflecting pink light back on to the pink man.The photo isn’t manipulated with fake pink color.

Scream?

Scream?

I know it’s a little late for Halloween but I thought I’d post this sooner than later.
I was waiting to cross the street and these kids in scream masks were on the other side. Halloween in NYC is pretty amazing. Especially for a photographers. Usually when people are wearing costumes, they don’t mind you taking a photo of them. Sometimes, they might even pose for you. A second or two before this moment, they were in the middle of the street facing each other in a circle. They started to tilt their heads left and right, raising their hands in a ‘Why?’ gesture (like in the photo). I still have no idea what they were doing.

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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

I watched him for a couple of minutes. He seemed to be observing the skies. Not in a quizzical or careful way. He was just standing, looking up at the sky. In deep thought, he shuffled aimlessly. I tried to get as close as possible. I shoot with a 35mm prime lens, so I have to get closer than the classic street photographer who usually shoots with a 50 or 85mm. Luckily, he was staring at the skies above. So I simply walked up and fired away. There’s something about the unsuspecting face. Not posing, not knowing. They’re just being who they are.

Whirling Doves

Whirling Doves

What do you think birds are doing when they circle around in large flocks like this?
There are many theories I read on the net. They circle around for prey or to avoid being prey. They are navigating before leaving. It’s a mating ritual, etc. To be completely honest with you, I think they’re just flying around. Having fun with the winds. Partying, enjoying life. The immensely large buildings like the U.N. (shown here) in cities create strange wind patterns. And it’s always in big cities that I see pigeons like these flying in circles. Quick trivia here: Pigeons are actually called Rock Doves because they nest along the coastal cliffs in the rocks. Also, baby pigeons are called squabs.
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Haze

Haze

I was walking towards Grand Central Station. It’s somewhere I go everyday. The light cut into the street through an avenue and created this haze effect. Perhaps it’s the pollution or maybe it’s from all the reflected and refracted light from the buildings. I stood there just staring at it for a while. Every person walking through becomes ethereal.

Grow Facing The Light

Grow Facing The Light

I shoot towards the light. I do it very often. Usually it comes out exactly how you would think. Washed out and indecipherable.
Maybe a handful of times in my whole photographic life I’ve discovered something beyond what is in plain view. We simply can’t see when looking into the light. You would think that would be the same for a digital camera sensor, but sometimes…it sees something else. Something you can’t see with your eyes.

Hot Dogs in Wonderland

Hot Dogs in Wonderland

Columbus Circle, NYC

Yep. It was a huge mushroom in the middle of the sidewalk. Nothing ever phases New Yorkers. That could be a real gigantic mushroom, and people would just glimpse and go on with their business.
Crazy things happen in NYC all the time. Not like the get shot up and have your face eaten off kind of crazy. But more like, Is that guy really taking a dump in between the subway cars kind of crazy. People are disgusted, and then they go on with their business. So a mushroom the size of a hotdog stand is pretty standard. It was an ad for something. Damned if I know what it was, I never bothered looking. Thanks for coming and viewing!