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.
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.
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.
The main mistake made on this day, shooting without paying attention to exposure meter
Either ways in the year of lost work there’s at least some salvage from my early days. Here I didn’t really understand anything ISO related still, or aperture, or low light, or basically anything. 2013, ttill new and taking shots lots of different shots with my now personally owned Rebel XT w/ 18-55mm stock! (Thanks Mrs. Smith)
Alas the only ones that survived are 4! With my football squad.
P.S: The top image was at 1600 ISO and cropped as the shot was so far back. Image still makes me laugh grain and all.
Funny enough I was never really interested in photography nor videography. I never really knew what I wanted to do growing up outside of nothing making the same mistakes my family made, and make a lot of money. Mistakes were made and I still have no money however photography and the media field came to me in ironic fashion. I like art and drawing but as a growing preteen/teenager rebel-to-be-chaos-extraordinaire photography was one of the many things I’d make fun of when the topic came up because
“it’s just taking pictures.”
So of course, years later after a period of discovering myself I ended up in media classes at an alternative high-school and long story short met two teachers who would ultimately peak my interest into the field; Francis & Smith. Two people who I still know some five years later.
The first DSLR use was in my digital photography class with Mrs. Smith.
Fun Fact: Thanks to my own proficiency she let me do my own thing, and by my own I mean essays and research projects on photography history! I didn’t dislike it one bit (it ended up being useful). In fact she owned a Rebel XT and instead of just borrowing the school cameras for the class projects, let me hold on to hers for an extended time along with the manual and a photography book. I now own that very same camera.
Early Shots With The Bros
*I lost most of the shots on a dead harddrive I don’t have the funds to recover but when in doubt – FACEBOOK UPLOADS SAVE THE DAY* (with added compression) 😥