Ripping up Second Avenue

Yes, post titles are fun. This should be called, RIPPING UP SECOND AVENUE AND A NEW SITE ABOUT BOOKS TAKES A FIRST STEP. Best movie title: Dr. Strangelove or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb… or at least has got to be the longest title… no?

The picture below doesn’t work – is weak – because there’s no mystery to it. Yes, dark and rainy window, but not enough clues to keep you looking. And there is the connection between photography and the site I’m working on (see below) — mystery. I don’t think you can have a really good image without some real mystery. It might just be a little thing; but there really should be some sort of question mark in the photo. I suppose that sometimes it’s the design, but the really good shots make you want to come back and wonder…


This is the window of a what d’ya call ’em — earth moving machine parked on Second Avenue.  They’ve been removing trees and replacing them with metal plates.  All of this has something to do with the second avenue subway, but what exactly I don’t know.  On Tuesday, engineers are coming to the apartment to take pictures, proof of what the place was like before they began their project – in case something happens they can prove it wasn’t their fault.  I guess.

Who would have thought, when I took some infrared shots of trees on the corner during the spring, that those trees would be gone in the fall.  You just never know if you are taking a shot that may end up being of a documentary nature.

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In other news (uhm if you want to call it news) I’m starting to put a site together to feature public domain detective books.  It’s very early in development, but you can get a free peek if you want to and you’ll get the idea.  It’s called: .


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My name is Dave Beckerman. I am a fine art photographer working in New York City.

2 thoughts on “Ripping up Second Avenue”

  1. You right about the mystery in photos, but in this shot (which I like a lot) there is already a bit of it. I believe in series of images and this one could be very easily introduction to the mystery of bigger set of images.

  2. For the next five years you will have the unwanted opportunity to document the effect of the 2nd Avenue subway on your community. Businesses along 2nd Avenue will close down as they already have around 96th Street, where they are working now. Then there will be the underground blasts, hopefully not in the middle of the night. Finally, your side street will continually filled with construction vehicles and workers. The disappearing trees are a mere hint of the chaos that will ensue. The one good thing is that if you survive the ordeal, you’ll have a whole new subway line to take pictures in.

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