#115, Lower East Side, NYC
Ah, monochrome. It's not often you'll notice these hidden patches of monotonous color in the streets of New York City, and when you do, it's kind of a miraculous sight. In a city of perpetual sensory overload, it's an effect you only get from fixing your viewfinder on a small square of space and clicking.
My camera helps me focus not just a lens but my mind as well. It's my way of making sense of the city, of blocking out the rest of the visual noise. With each snap of the camera, I'm capturing little bits of New York's soul, which is my artistic revenge on the place that, on a hectic day, can steal away large chunks of mine.
As for the materials here, I can't quite figure out the number. It appears to have been manufactured with strips of electrical tape. But I have to wonder: how did the color match come out so well? What with all the famous specialty stores - a store for buttons, one for rubber stamps, another for accordions - one wonders if there is a tape store down in that historic Bargain District where you can drop in and select any color tape imaginable. It's one of my favorite things, by the way: calling the Main Squeeze on Essex Street and hearing the tagline on the message: "for all your accordion needs." In a city this big, you have to account for a lot of needs.