Black and White Photography

This Side of The Pond

This Side Of The Pond

People watching at the Queens Museum. Summer 2016.  View in greater detail here.

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The City Wet: A Photo Portfolio

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about photography and experiencing the moment. I mentioned that when I visited San Diego in 2014, I went whale watching and did not take a single photograph. I did take photographs around San Diego, but wanted to experience the whales without distraction — it was something I always wanted to do, see whales on the Pacific. In this conversation, I also noted that I regretted being so restrained with my film camera in the 1980’s and 1990’s (stemming from the fact that I did not have much money to spare) because there are places in New York City I would have loved to have captured during that time, not unlike the way in which one of my favorite living street photographers, Matt Weber, did. While I may not have photographs, I remember these places as they once existed and carry them in my heart like the whales of San Diego. Still, I would have loved to share them with the world today. Interestingly, sometimes, I’ll see a photograph by Weber and think, “Wow, I could have easily been in that shot.” Or, “I wish I had taken that shot.” Painfully, the photographs that I did take were lost during a move.

Now I have a digital camera and am significantly less judicious about turning my shutter loose. I have decided that to make the distinction between photography and experiencing the moment, I will capture the life and scenes from everyday life. There is a New York that is being lost and it should be captured. In the spirit of everyday New York City life, I present to you some rainy day pictures of my beloved home town.

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Do Not Enter. 2012.

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Commuters and Bagels. 2016.

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The Wet QMT. 2016.

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Artful Rain. 2015.

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Queensborough Storm. 2012.

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Wet and Naked Billboard. 2016.

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Autumn Showers in the Bronx. 2015.

Taken at the Bronx Community College Hall of Fame.

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Reflections of Light on the LIE. 2013.

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Misty Morning in Queens. 2015.

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Rainy Day Reflections in The Bronx. 2016.

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Leafy Drops. 2011.

Fellow Commuters: A Photo Portfolio

One of the things I LOVE about living in New York City is public transportation and riding the subway. It is the ultimate place to people watch and is the most democratic form of transportation: you can simultaneously ride and interact with the 99% and the 1% (though I have recently expressed my concerns about how lately it is catering to and fostering the wealthy—take out a subway map and follow the route of gentrification).

I love it when I have my camera or sketch book on hand to capture this largely wonderful experience. I am happy to present my favorites from the last couple of years!

Subway Slumbering. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Subway Slumbering. Edwin Roman, 2015.

 

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Downtown and Brooklyn. Edwin Roman, 2015.

 

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ZOOM! Edwin Roman, 2015.

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Above the Streets of Harlem. Edwin Roman, 2015.

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Come on Over. Edwin Roman, 2014.

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Commuting Sketch. Edwin Roman, 2016.

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Braided. Edwin Roman, 2013.

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No Device. Edwin Roman, 2015.

 

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Tuning Out. Edwin Roman, 2016.

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Summer 2015 Train Rides

Trains are an everyday part of my life and I have had a life-long love affair with them. I often find myself wishing that I could have traveled on a train like the 20th Century Limited as depicted in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, North By Northwest. Trains have also become a part of my art, most notably in my photography. Many of the images here were taken while commuting and later re-mixed with Photoshop. I have captured so many images that I actually had a difficult time selecting what to showcase here.  I decided to show the work captured on railroads (as opposed to New York City subway trains via the MTA), in the New York City area, during the Summer of 2015.  I hope my depictions take you on a journey of the mind devoid of delays!

Long Island City Train Tracks

Long Island City Train Tracks. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Conducting.

Conducting. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Speeding Over the Harlem River. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Speeding Over the Harlem River. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Commuter Silhouettes.

Commuter Silhouettes. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Harlem's Signs.

Harlem’s Signs. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Afternoon.

Afternoon. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Speeding Out of Morris Heights.

Speeding Out of Morris Heights. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Seasons Pass

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”  – Yoko Ono

Seasons Pass. As seen over Queens Boulevard.

Seasons Pass. As seen over Queens Boulevard.