Simple Self Portrait Head SHot

It’s already been over two weeks since my last post, time flies I swear. This was my face when I realized the time.

My face-1Not really, I’m going to tell a secret that you usually don’t tell. This photo is a few months old. I don’t really have a story to tell, I’m not even sure if it tells a story but got through cleaning up my work flow, finished some older edits, and here we are now.

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I’m not always the best with words.

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Urban Biomes

Dual post time. It’s okay though,  nobody really knows who I am on social media so my sphere of influence doesn’t even exist – yet!

A challenge on the Passage of Time was present on dailypost and even though this photo actually was created for it, it suits the theme. The idea of motion was indeed what I was attempting to capture, along with the rest of the area with the remaining sun light that was left, but also something different. The different ecosystems if you will, that exist. Not everything is broken, nor is everything colorful, there’s a wonderful collage of atmospheres that convey different emotions here in Trenton and this is one of them.

Trenton Canal-1

Till next time.

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Adventures In Trenton – The Start

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Adventures In Trenton| Howdy

As somebody with relatively zero income (got to love student life) you have to work with what you got. There’s no fantastical trips to Paris, or New York (even though I actually go up there  constantly but shhh I’m trying ot tell a story), Sydney, and St. Petersburg and so on. I live in the small urban playground of Trenton, NJ, a 7sq mile radius of high crime that’s absolutely and utterly dangerous! Or so they would like you to believe.

Trenton Police Downtown
Adventures In Trenton | Trenton Police SUV

To those that aren’t used to a city, and have the perspective of their lives shaped by news media and television programs, then Trenton is definitely a scary place where one has to clutch their purse at all times and cross the street at night to avoid intersecting paths with dark skinned individuals WHO-WILL-ROB-THEM! Although, you should probably always be aware of your surroundings no matter where you go. But that being said it’s like any other medium city-town that’s suffered from the decay of the middle class through the results of gradual economic recession and the white flight. As I said previously in my mini spotlight of Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and it’s jail like bathroom, with poverty does come crime and Trenton isn’t absent to it. Some of the houses are dilapidated, there is some gang problems in certain isolated areas, though less of a problem now than it was in 2006 when the gang craze was at its height and as much as I love rap, gangster rap does take some blame for that.

Unkle Lord Memorial
Adventures In Trenton | Unkle Lord Memorial

Yet even with that all when all is said and done, Trenton is still normal with unique conditions. There are artists here, there are former professional athletes here, there music bands here. They’re just a bit hard to find. Yet most importantly, there are people that are afraid to come here because of the preconceived notions and trust me, I know this personally, I’ve heard the comments and read them going through other the social media portfolios of other photographers in this city. That sentiment is both a curse and a blessing; as it may not help with bringing in outside business inquires, but it does mean there’s genuine areas here that tell a story, not some fake mural created by a corporation’s viral marketing ploy, but by people here. All to be found and shown to the world.

And that’s what makes it an adventure.

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Adventures In Trenton | Downtown WW2 Style Graffiti

Saturday Morning In Trenton

The idea of this came from Marcus of Streets Of Nuremberg so giving credit were credit is due for this.

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Saturday Morning In Trenton | Thunderstorm Aftermath

It rained this morning. Thunderstorm. Enough to leave nice puddles left behind – college friends plans to go to the Jersey shore are cancelled, it will probably be soggy.

But the thing about weather is that it has a funny way of changing, and there are always things for people to do.

Soccer In Jersey
Saturday Morning In Trenton | Soccer
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Where is this acceptable?

Camden Bathroom Stall
Walter Rand Station Stall

Location: Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden New Jersey

This is something that I’ve been meaning to capture for a while but wasn’t able to until recently and it always bothers me every time I see it. As the post goes,

Where is this acceptable?

Honestly. This is America, the richest nation in the world yet a bathroom in a public transportation center looks like it belongs in a damn prison. The cherry on top is that it’s in Camden, NJ, an area that has a majority minority population and high drug rates, high crime, even higher poverty, and equal drug abuse. The typical three suspects of course, in fact the tree essentially goes like this.

Poverty

    Drugs
    Crime.

It’s almost like people are being conditioned for a prison environment. With the way the War on Drugs has gone and the policing in innercities, it’s possibly and most likely true that a good percentage of people that have visited this bathroom have already been to jail. More over the jail is a few blocks around the corner. You wouldn’t see this in Princeton, or Far Hills, or Alpine, or Burlington, rr Williamsburg, NYC, or ANYWHERE WITH INCOME THAT’S MODERATELY WELL OFF AND/OR MORE. It’s completely ridiculous.

Camden Bathroom Sinks
Walter Rand Station dirty sinks

2014 Eventful Mistakes And Learning

Growing Pains!

As with the reoccurring trend, a lot of the early work is un-accessible thanks to the drive they’re on being damaged and myself being a broke millennial, so, Facebook saves the day again. Partially.

Anywho, still learning a lot on my own using my Canon XT with stock 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and absolutely 100% had no idea what that means. The smaller the millimeter the less, the higher the more. Duh! Simple zooming. But when it came to aperture I was and would be completely ignorant for a long time. Heck, at this time my two programs were zRaw and Gimp, because broke former highschool student. Broke is the other reoccurring trend.
The camera was still just little more than a snap and shoot for me that I occasionally took out and looking back on it that’s fine. Still learning virtually from scratch and understood none of the terminology – “Iso makes things brighter! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” nor the camera. Mistakes are going to be made! A

(Although you can’t see that because I lost most of them)

Photos: Gardened the park in front of my house along with a neighbor, and bringing my camera to the final game of the season of my amateur football team.

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