Category Archives: Photography

Archangel Antiques closes after 21 years: “Young people don’t understand vintage”

There was a time when people lived without smartphones. That was also the time that people would look around and gasp in surprise, “Oh, what a cool shop. I think I will check it out.”

Archangel Antiques, co-owned by Gail (75) and her partner, Richard[1], is one of those shops. Tucked in the corner of 9th Street and 1st/2nd Ave in East Village, the 2-in-1 store will be closing this June. The piece is picked up by Bedford&Bowery, but you can read the original here.

Richard helping a customer (Archangel Antique 2nd Ave/9th St)

Richard helping a customer

[1] Gail and Richard asked to be identified by their first names.

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Through a photographer’s eyes (exhibition, 1959 – 1962)

If you were to ask the question, “What makes a great photograph?”, you would get varied responses.

“Interesting composition.”

“Great light.” ”

The subject has strong emotional appeal.”

Or simply, “I love it!” There is no set formula. Perhaps the  best way to understanding what makes great photographs is to, well, look at great photographs.

#1. David Heath

The single white line in the background and the two boys’ gaze extend and meet at a focal point outside of the photograph. By leaving the gazed object/person blank, Heath imbues a sense of urgency. The emotional draw is heightened because of viewers’ involvement in the act of looking (“What’s there? What are they looking at?”).

Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist / Howard Greenberg Gallery

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Time stops in Savannah, Georgia

Flooded with blooming azaleas in an array of colors — pink, purple, fuchsia, etc., Savannah was breathtakingly beautiful in March. Clusters and clusters of Spanish-moss, an air plant with no roots, hung from the oak trees. As their long, thin stems swayed delicately in the wind, time appeared to have lingered in the 17th century.

Voted by Travel + Leisure as one of the most romantic U.S. cities, Savannah proved to be a true delight. For a taste of true Southern hospitality, why not try staying at a Bed & Breakfast instead.

Framed by blooming azaleas and sweeping Spanish moss, time, appears to linger in the 17th century in Savannah.

Framed by blooming azaleas and sweeping Spanish moss, time, appears to linger in the 17th century in Savannah.

I stayed in four B&Bs total. The four locations, with prices ranging from low $80 to high $350, are located near Forsyth Park. In terms of best luxury for your buck, I recommend Hamilton Turner Inn. In addition to inn owner Jim offering you coffee at breakfast — “May I offer you more coffee” — the inn puts fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in your room.

In Savannah, everything (geographically-speaking) is governed by Forsyth Park, a must-see tourist attraction.

In Savannah, everything (geographically-speaking) is governed by Forsyth Park, a must-see tourist attraction.

Hamilton Turner Inn
330 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA
(912) 233-1833

PHOtography, the best noodle in HCMC

When I think of Hoi Chi Minh City (HCMC), I say it’s ‘un-PHO-gettable!’ Away from the touristy Pham Ngu Lao, this pho eatery is, allow me to quote my Singaporean friend, “Damn Good LAH!”

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FEB 2011: HCMC, Vietnam

FEB 2011: HCMC, Vietnam