Articles Tagged with: 35mm summicron
Chelsea | Pier 85

August 2009

Chelsea Piers, M6 TTL, Kodak TMZ © Doug Kim

Pier 85, M6 TTL, Kodak TMZ 3200 © Doug Kim

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

-Muhammad Ali

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

-Muhammad Ali

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

-Muhammad Ali


Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Cinespia

One of the great treasures of Los Angeles is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and its summer film series Cinespia.

Yes, it sounds creepy, like the opening scene of a zombie movie. Everyone assumes that you will have to walk over graves in the dark, lean against headstones to watch the movies as your friends slowly disappear in the night, one by one. This is not the case at all. There is a great lawn near one of the buildings where you can spread your blankets and pillows and picnic under those perfect summer nights in Los Angeles.

The selection of flicks is eclectic, alternating between classics and cult movies. Beware of the really popular films because the line at the entrance and parking will be horrendous. Each night features a guest DJ before and after the movie and it is a great festive evening. Go grab your wine and pesto pasta and throw pillows and get in line. You will not be disappointed.

Cinespia, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Cinespia, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Cinespia, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Cinespia, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Hollywood Forever is also well worth checking out in the daytime as many celebrities reside within its fences and there are many tragic stories to be stumbled upon and discovered.

Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

These dolls were arranged in the hedges next to a series of children’s graves.

Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Johnny Ramone, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

Johnny Ramone, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Leica M6, Kodak Tri-X

I do not know if this is still the case as I have not been there in a couple of years, but near Johnny Ramone’s statue, a gang of extremely territorial ducks and geese reside in the reflecting pond. Since there are no other graves or markers nearby, they really appear to be Johnny’s guardians and they are mean fuckers. In this image, you can see that they waddled all the way over from the water just to come chase me off.

And yes, they did chase me off. Fuckers.

There are two quotes on the side of the statue:

Please come back.

-love, Vincent Gallo

As good a friend as there ever was.

-John Frusciante


Chelsea | The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45 mile elevated greenway, reclaimed from the old elevated freight rail line on the west side, from Chelsea to the Meat Packing District.

It is a great idea and a unique space and I look forward to hanging out on it during autumn and winter. I just wished that the concrete walkway and wild grasses levitated above the street for a few miles more.

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

the high line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

The High Line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

The High Line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim

The High Line, Aug 2009

The High Line, Aug 2009 © Doug Kim


The Hamptons | The End of Summer

Labor Day weekend in The Hamptons.

Tim, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Tim, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

-Sam Keen

Cullen, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cullen, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Till Summer folds her miracle-
As Women-do-their Gown-
Or Priests-adjust the Symbols-
When Sacrament-is done-

-Emily Dickinson

Ellie and Aubrey, Amagansett, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Ella and Aubrey, Amagansett, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

In summer, the song sings itself.

-William Carlos Williams


I.M. Pei | National Gallery of Art, East Wing
I.M. Pei

I.M. Pei, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Agfa APX © Doug Kim

This was taken a few years ago when I was wandering in the National Gallery’s East Wing in Washington, DC.

In front of a huge Mark Rothko was someone standing close to the painting, maybe inches away, his hands clasped behind his back. For some reason, I knew it was I.M. Pei, inside one of his best (and one of his favorite) creations, admiring a wall decoration on a wall he designed. I rushed up behind him to take a photo of this diminutive giant in front of this massive Rothko. I was too slow with my Leica (bastards!), and missed the shot.

I managed to take this photo soon after but I can still perfectly recall the image of him in front of that ten foot painting.

Bastards bastards bastards.


Brooklyn | Michael Jackon’s 51st Birthday

Spike Lee threw a big bash for what would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday in Prospect Park on August 29th. Some of the attendees were Al Sharpton, Tracy Morgan, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. It was a celebration, a karaoke sing-a-long, and a dance off.

At one point during “Butterflies”, hundreds of Monarch butterflies were released over the crowd. And there was also a big ass birthday cake. Ma ma se ma ma sa ma ma coo sa, indeed.

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Overcome by the heat; Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Overcome by the heat; Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn

Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim

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Michael Jackson's 51st birthday in Brooklyn © Doug Kim


August’s Lament

Yes, it is August in the city. It is time for a million shiny faces on the streets, the Rorschach sweat blots on the backs of those in front of me, the surreality of the hair dryer heat in the Delancey Street station, the strong, sinus clearing smell of stairwell urine. And the noisy glory of sweaty, stinky, surly Chinatown in summer.

Yes, it is August in the city. I clean my desk regularly because my forearms stick to its surface when I type. My pint glasses sweat like afternoon joggers.

At a performance at Summer Stage in the park, the bugs enjoyed our sticky necks and we joined in whack-a-moling the whole night.

At the East River Park’s bandshell, a mid-afternoon dance performance was cut short because the vinyl surface of the stage had melted enough that the performers could not turn en pointe.

The thunderstorms bring a great and awesome distraction with their primal clash and fray and their looming, suspenseful dark build-up. But whatever relief they deliver is small and fleeting.

I have a cluster of trees in the school across my street with just enough cicadas to make a chorus.

Look at your watch. It does not matter what it says, as every moment in August is a good time for a shower.

They have been issuing lengthy heat advisories: drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, wear loose clothing, check on your neighbors. They should just say: Fuck, it is August in the city.

I know now that Best Buy has the greatest air conditioning, based solely on the arctic blasts jetting from its doorways and spilling onto the concrete like wasted champagne.

Yes, it is August in the city. And I love it.

Tonight, I will have dreams of January.

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West Village, January 2009; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-x © Doug Kim


Return of the Leica

After dropping my M6 horribly twice in one week (yes, I changed bags now so it won’t happen again), I had to send my gear to the Leica repair people in New Jersey.

That was three months ago. I’ve had gear repaired with them before and it took only a few weeks. I think I hit the summer vacation schedule for some of the technicians and I also wouldn’t be surprised if they had fewer hands working there in this economy.

My M6 and 35mm summicron arrived yesterday, CLA’d and sealed in plastic. I almost don’t want to open them up as they are so clean and pristine now. Almost.

Time to go hit the streets and get in people’s faces.

welcome back, babies. Leica M6 TTL .58; 35mm summicron

welcome back, babies. Leica M6 TTL .58; 35mm summicron