From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Harlem

September 1, 2014 ·
Filed under: Harlem, Harlem Manhattan, New York City 

Taken by John Fullard.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Stray Cat Strut

August 31, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Urban Fur 

Taken by Robert S. Photography.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Balloon Man

August 29, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City 

Taken by Pajarita Frenetica.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: New York State Of Mind

August 28, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy 

Taken by mkc609.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part IV: Hair

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City 

Taken by Michah Saperstein.

Urban Fur: Seventh Avenue

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Chelsea, Chelsea Manhattan, New York City, Urban Fur 

Seventh Avenue NYS

Taken August 25, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: Prospect Park

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City 

Taken by Diane Greene Lent.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Top Of The Rock

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

Taken by Rommel Parada.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part I: Courtyard Dog

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Urban Fur 

Taken by Joel Bischoff.

The Latest From The Snow Globe Factory: Let Them Eat Tear Gas

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Fuck This Shit, New York City 

Let’s face facts: although the summer in our fair city has been a lovely one weather-wise, I would not exactly call it a good one. The death of Eric Garner ushered in a series of “incidents” involving our “finest” which— and this is being kind— are appalling. Incidents which beg the question as to exactly who our public servants are indeed protecting and serving. It certainly was not Mr. Garner.

It is not my intent to simply blame the police, mind you. They follow orders. No sir: the blame, ultimately should be laid firmly on the doorstep of those who issue those orders. I do not think I need to name them here.

I have been wrestling with how to depict the goings on here via snow globes for months. Then Ferguson happened.

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This is when I was reminded that this is not a mere New York City issue. It is a national issue. One which is fueled by institutionalized racism, classism, the militarization of our police force* and suppression of or (even worse) complicity of the press to name a few. Simply put: what happened there can and probably does happen here. We simply do not know about it— or prefer to forget about it. Ferguson, I suspect, has changed this.

Thus I opted instead to do a snow globe about Ferguson. Its “official” title is “Salus populi suprema lex esto”. This is the motto for the state of Missouri. It means:

The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law

I suspect a number of people will agree with me when I write that powers that be in Missouri need to be reminded of this rather apt piece of trivia. And sadly trivia is all it is. They do not seem to be comprehending much less following it.

Without further ado here it is. It pretty much speaks for itself.

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Don’t shoot.

Police man grappling with photographer

Policeman grappling with a photographer.

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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell, 1984