evening gown at grand central. on Flickr.
Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central is always full of promotions and special events. Yesterday, I noticed that they were having an Oscar promotion, where anyone can pose with a real Oscar statuette as if they just accepted the award. The event is going on for the rest of the week, produced by experiential marketing agency Escalate.
Taken with Hipstamatic
Hornbecker Lens, US1776 Film
samples. madison avenue. on Flickr.
This is actually my 250th post, which comes a day after the year anniversary since launching this blog. Originally, I called the blog “The Anticipated Moment,” but changed it over to “The Candid City” a few months after since it not only had a nicer ring to it, but because it was a bit more accurate as to the mission of this blog. Capturing the city (and wherever else I may travel) in its many guises has been the ultimate goal.
Everyday life has always been a fascination of mine. In this city that I was born and raised, it’s easy to get caught up in routine and not really pay attention to the cast of characters or some of the fine details, objects, and settings that we pass every single day. That’s what The Candid City is all about - paying attention to all these details in our surroundings and appreciating them, warts and all.
Using the iPhone (and the Hipstamatic app) was actually a fluke, and it started a few months before I decided to start the blog. I was working around Union Square at the time and saw a scene that I absolutely had to capture - it was of a fundamentalist Christian with a sign about fornication & a Union Square janitor steps behind him. All I had was the iPhone & I had to get the shot. After that point, I started to take more photos with the iPhone out of convenience, and after trying a number of different apps, I grew most comfortable with Hipstamatic, as it truly recreated the experience of film for me. Also, after living away from the city for a couple of years, and being completely uninspired, it breathed new life into my passion for photography - something I lost sense of for a while. Now, after a year I’ve seen a noticeable progression in my work, which I am very proud of.
This was an image I snapped this morning - a woman was handing out free coffee samples. I thought that would make a good image for this post - a small taste of NYC life.
Last night, my dear friend Courtney asked me to join her for Fashion’s Night Out. I’ve never gone before, and being that I’m not much of a fashionista, it’s never really appealed to me. If anything, I was thinking of heading Downtown or into Brooklyn to check out the indie designers. We started around 86th and Madison and worked our way down. Everything seemed to be festive, with many stores having DJs and drinks, but nothing was much of a spectacle until we reached Missoni, where this huge “supermodel” named Marina was there greeting everyone. It was a promotion for Missoni for Target (which opened their pop-up store on 42nd and 6th last night), and you can call, text, and interact with the model to get the inside scoop on the collection. More pictures to come from this surreal night, where the penthouse and the pavement merged.
give the suit off your back. on Flickr.
When you work near a major transit hub, you are bound to be subject to endless promotional events, guerilla marketing tactics, giveaways, etc. Today, Men’s Wearhouse was doing a promotion complete with shirtless brand ambassadors wearing ties holding signs saying “give the suit off your back.” Needless to say, this caused a bit of a stir.