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Roll #4: Archaeology Redux or I found my "Mexican Suitcase"
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Roll #4: Archaeology Redux or I found my "Mexican Suitcase"

My favorite roll so far, as it probably contains my personal favorite, if not one of the best images I've ever made. Let's see which one you all think that is. Some of these have been posted on the site in the past as scans from the wretchedly poor contact sheets. This roll has survived with only one bad mark and not even much dust.

Leica M4
35 and 50 DR Summicrons; 90/2.8 Tele-Elmarit
Kodak Panatomic X
Sekonic L-398, by this time probably already dropped and its rotating head cracked (still is, but is now owned by a young photog courtesy of another RFF member)....

The view from the end of my street, Exchange Place/Montgomery Street, Jersey City. A place that has changed almost beyond recognition on the Jersey side. I think we moved there from Greenwich Village in 1984. Obviously, the view to the Manhattan side will tragically never be the same.

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My wife Pamela probably at the same spot as the first shot...


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nearby I believe
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the tallest building visible to the left the World Trade Center is the Woolworth Building. Once know as the "Cathedral of Commerce," it was for a brief time the world's tallest skycraper. Designed by Cass Gilbert. My father-in-law owned a building services company that repaired the exterior of the Woolworth Building for almost 50 years. His father had worked for Atlantic Terra Cotta, the firm that produced the architectural ornamentation that adorns the building. I have a broken gargoyle head in my backyard from the building.
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a little trespassing. I think the large dock/warehouse structure to the left was torn down or gutted and renovated and now is home to back office operations for some of the largest banking firms in the world. Not far from where Pamela is standing is large (probably 30 story or more) office tower. This all about one block from where Colgate-Palmolive used to have a large complex of manufacturing buildings. Occasionally, a machine or process would go haywire and the whole neighborhood would smell of toothpaste. Once, I came home from work to find it raining soap bubbles. Colgate had the worlds largest clock on a sign at the edge of Hudson River. The complex is now gone, replaced by office buildings, but the sign remains.

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Jersey City had been a major seaport at one time.
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A subway entrance. Was it the 47th/50th Street Station? Or, was this on Broadway?
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Is this 33rd Street at Sixth or Seventh?
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Quoting from the Harold Pinter screenplay to Joseph Losey's film The Go-Between: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."
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Though I haven't included all the shots from this roll, you can see that I believed in bracketing or didn't trust my metering (or both).
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You showed a girlfriend, so here is mine; 1965 (Leica IIIf, and a AG-1 flash):

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a very nice thread again, lots of sentimental value. thank you for sharing!
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she doesn't look terribly happy. I take this one didn't become the missus.

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Answering the alarm at the New Yorker Hotel, home of Rev. Moon.
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Interesting set. It must be fun to see that you where already quite adept with the camera. I was just a little grommet when you took these. Any chance you can show a pic of that gargoyle?
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Andy, we will get to the gargoyle eventually.
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Rob,

The shots of the towers are especially moving but, if I had to guess, I'd say the shot below is your favorite. It's my fav from this set, very nicely done!

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Andy, here you go, the Woolworth Building Gargoyle...



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