Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.



And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Thanks for the highlight. :)
30th Nov 2005, 08:22   | tags:,

lard says:

Wow!!

Stunning pic, I love it.

30th Nov 2005, 08:48

Groovicron says:

Damn cool shot.

30th Nov 2005, 08:49

magma says:

that's a very (very) nice shot :)

30th Nov 2005, 08:50

crickson says:

Wow, that's good!

30th Nov 2005, 09:02

Spike says:

awesomly cool shot!

30th Nov 2005, 09:12

shoes says:

Ace pic! :)

30th Nov 2005, 09:30

bmal says:

hmmmmm misty

30th Nov 2005, 09:33

bfish says:

awesome!
80's movie style

30th Nov 2005, 09:38

alfie says:

god thats amaaaaaazing - full on bladerunner!!

30th Nov 2005, 09:40

kostika says:

Very nice.

30th Nov 2005, 09:42

Steve says:

Sublime

30th Nov 2005, 09:43

bronxelf says:

Thanks guys. I should probably mention this photo hasn't been processed *at all*. This went straight out of the camera to here, with no photoshop at all. The lighting is just as it was at the time, even though it looks like Ive been desaturated against the background. I wasn't desaturated in the photo before this one, either.

Thanks a lot!

30th Nov 2005, 09:45

bronxelf says:

Alfie- Funny, Lars accused me of being a replicant just yesterday.

30th Nov 2005, 09:51

mysocalledmoblog says:

that's wonderful :)

30th Nov 2005, 10:02

Euphro says:

That's a marvellous shot. I love the iridescent colours in the background :)

30th Nov 2005, 10:03

bronxelf says:

Thank you. :) And again, neither of these photos (this one or the one previous) is altered for colour. This one came directly out of the camera like this with no adjusting whatsoever.

30th Nov 2005, 10:05

kostika says:

The contrast is jsut very striking.

30th Nov 2005, 10:17

bronxelf says:

Thank you. Lars and I have worked together on a *lot* of things over the years, and ocnsistently he takes the best photos of me, and he does it *very* quickly. He took about 10 of these, at various shutter speeds and distances, and he took about 5 of the other one, against the lamp post. took under 10 minutes for the whole thing.

Then again, I just AM desaturated, in general. It's the Dark Star effect. *laugh*

30th Nov 2005, 10:20

alfie says:

For a digital camera its given remarkable depth and clarity.

30th Nov 2005, 10:21

bronxelf says:

Funny, because Ive been bemoaning some of its faults lately, but clearly it's not the technology at fault. I just need to become better at taking photos.

30th Nov 2005, 10:23

Geodyne says:

Bladerunner indeed. And yet, the coat gives a real feeling of a fairy-world as well.

And a dark star. ;-)

30th Nov 2005, 10:24

bronxelf says:

All power, no light.

Wow. *that* was jut a memory.

30th Nov 2005, 10:44

bronxelf says:

Woah. That's a hell of a compliment. Thank you very much.

Wow.

30th Nov 2005, 11:41

Groovicron says:

It does make you look like you're stalking through the city ready to mete out your own brand of violent vigilante justice

30th Nov 2005, 11:47

bronxelf says:

And that's different than any other day how, exactly?

30th Nov 2005, 11:49

Groovicron says:

"Eat Chucks Evil-doer!" *kick to the face*

30th Nov 2005, 12:02

Gael says:

ab fab

30th Nov 2005, 12:02

beth says:

wows

30th Nov 2005, 12:11

bronxelf says:

Thank you. :)

Score one for the Replicants.

30th Nov 2005, 12:29

bronxelf says:

It was just raining all night, so you get the steam off the lights. :) And it's always that brightly lit out there. It may as well be daylight in Times Square at night.

30th Nov 2005, 12:38

Viv says:

fabulous

essential b'elf

30th Nov 2005, 13:17

bronxelf says:

Thank you. :) As I've been saying, really this is Lars' doing far more than mine. We just work well together. He's been taking my photo for a a *long* time now.

30th Nov 2005, 13:32

lizziepants says:

wow, they're certainly right -0- quite possibly one of the best moblog shots ever. nice.

30th Nov 2005, 13:36

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. Lars says thank you also (he has just wandered in here.)

30th Nov 2005, 13:37

onceupon says:

That's quite fabulous.

And you were missed Saturday night.

30th Nov 2005, 13:44

bronxelf says:

I am so sorry. I fell asleep in the afternoon and didn't wake up until after 11. :(

30th Nov 2005, 14:01

onceupon says:

That's okay -- I'll be back soon. *smile* I'm glad you got some sleep!

30th Nov 2005, 14:23

bronxelf says:

I did, but since then it's been back to insomnia a LOT.

30th Nov 2005, 14:30

bronxelf says:

Thank you. :)

30th Nov 2005, 14:31

onceupon says:

Bleh. Insomnia sucks. I wish I had some sort of cure all to offer.

Lately, when I can't sleep, I knit. Doesn't put me to sleep in the slightest, but at least I feel productive.

30th Nov 2005, 14:41

alfie says:

ive realised what makes this shot so cool; it looks like you're walking in the middle of traffic.

30th Nov 2005, 14:43

TNRkitect says:

Love the shot. Reminds me of why you love your city so. The fact that you are a natural denizen of it is highlighted. You are truly in your element.

30th Nov 2005, 14:44

bronxelf says:

Alfie-- That's because I *was* walking in traffic. I'm not on the sidewalk.


TNRkitect- Thank you very much.

30th Nov 2005, 14:46

emerson says:

absolutely fabulous shot.

30th Nov 2005, 17:09

neel says:

Now that's a cyberpunk cover!

30th Nov 2005, 17:19

melissaamy says:

WOW, what a shot!

30th Nov 2005, 19:17

Joe says:

christ on a bike....thats unspeakably fantastic

30th Nov 2005, 19:39

Helen says:

Stunning.

30th Nov 2005, 20:24

DocD says:

Bladerunner?

30th Nov 2005, 22:59

bronxelf says:

Thanks, everyone. :) I'm really happy with it. Lars and I were talking about how far he thought I could push the image so it could be blown up large. I don't know the answer to that yet, but I do have a really big frame here and a spot in my back hall that's sized for it, so we'll see.

1st Dec 2005, 02:48

mobology says:

Damn fine image ! Blow it up or make it the photo of the year :-) I'm just stoked I got to see it......well done Bronx.

1st Dec 2005, 10:57

alfie says:

DocD : bladerunner is one of the best future-fi movies ever made. Very noir and gritty.

1st Dec 2005, 11:02

Joe says:

is it times square elf? I believe we may have walked down that street together if it is :)

1st Dec 2005, 11:03

anonymous says:

love that pic - it really is quite cyberpunk

1st Dec 2005, 11:06

jc1000000 says:

zoiks, forgot to login

1st Dec 2005, 11:08

Dhamaka says:

it is cyberpunk - soo cool wtg girl

1st Dec 2005, 17:03

bronxelf says:

mobology-- I'll see what I can do with it. I have teh mad photoshop skillz, yo.

Joe-- Yeah. I was on the 7th Avenue side. That's 7th Avenue between 47 and 48. I was walking northbound on 7th.

1st Dec 2005, 19:06

autumncat says:

This is phenomenal!! LOVE it!

2nd Dec 2005, 02:58

bronxelf says:

Thank you. :)

2nd Dec 2005, 03:45

I'm going to join everyone else with the praises.

wonderful. :)

2nd Dec 2005, 14:37

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. :)

3rd Dec 2005, 03:32