Category Archives: Black and White

Portrait, Sam Huang, Mad Momo’s Restaurant

Sam Huang
Sam Huang

This is my friend Sam Huang, one of the owners of Mad Momo’s, a Himalayan/fusion cuisine restaurant and beer deck in the Columbia Heights neighborhood here in Washington DC. He and another friend of mine took over a partially renovated space, finished the build-out, and turned it into this really cool restaurant with sidewalk seating, a dining room, lounge space, two bars, and front and rear roof decks. The food is inspired by traditional Himalayan dumplings, called momos, thus the name of the restaurant. I took this portrait of him in the front window of the main room using my Rolleiflex. Someone commented to me elsewhere seeing how much I’ve been using the Rollei lately that I’d better not wear it out… well, it’s only 57 years old now, so I figure as long as I do proper maintenance on it, it will outlast me.

Shot with Kodak Tri-X, developed in Pyrocat HD.

Washington DC

Staircase, National Gallery of Art
Staircase, National Gallery of Art

I just like the staircase at the National Gallery because by itself it has a sculptural feel, and combined with the bronze torso, it becomes almost an installation piece in itself. Plus in a way it reminds me of Frederick Evans’ cathedral stairs photos.

Metro Train Arriving, Archives Station
Metro Train Arriving, Archives Station

This is another of my experiments with motion and time on the Metro. I wanted to convey that sense of anticipation as the train arrives like I did last time, but in this shot I wanted to give more of a sense of the space and also to have the fellow passengers more visible.

The Hamilton Hotel, 14th Street
The Hamilton Hotel, 14th Street
1101 Fourteenth Street
1101 Fourteenth Street

These two are views from the building in which I work during the day. I wanted to capture that birds-eye view of the city you get from inside a tall building, and include the building itself in the image, to remind you of the vantage point.

DC Bikeshare

Wet Bike Seat
Wet Bike Seat
Capital Bikeshare
Capital Bikeshare

Two photos showing different perspectives on the Capital Bikeshare bikes. Shot with my Rolleiflex 2.8E on Kodak Tri-X, developed in Pyrocat HD. I had previously experimented with Rodinal as a developer for Tri-X trying to bring out the grain Tri-X is famous for. I don’t know if there was something I did wrong, or if my developer was old and no longer at full strength (Rodinal allegedly lasts forever, but mine was oh, a good eight years old, and the negs came out kinda flat). I ordered some new Rodinal to replace it to try at higher concentrations to see if I can get the look I was after. It’s nice to see though that if I switch to my tried and true Pyrocat, I can get negs that are as grainless as I want them to be on Tri-X.

Food Truck Portraits

I’m starting a new series of portraits of the food truck vendors I frequent here in DC, in or around their trucks. Here are the first two. It’s an important project because the food trucks themselves are endangered by some incredibly ill-considered proposed regulations that would basically make it impossible for them to do business. After looking at the pictures, please go to the Save DC Food Trucks website and sign the petition!

Peruvian Brothers
Peruvian Brothers
Captain Cookie
Captain Cookie

These were taken with my Rolleiflex. This time I’m using Kodak Tri-X, a film I had resisted for years as being too grainy. Well, as you can see in these photos, it’s not. In 35mm, it’s a different story, but then almost everything in 35mm is grainy short of say Ilford PanF or the former Kodak TechPan.

DC Street Photography in b/w

Chickass Jeans
Chickass Jeans
Pan Lourdes, 14th Street
Pan Lourdes, 14th Street
Street Snack, 14th Street
Street Snack, 14th Street
Philip Seymour Hoffman and My Shadow
Philip Seymour Hoffman and My Shadow

I called this one Philip Seymour Hoffman and my Shadow because the guy sitting against the Metro entrance wall just kinda looks like him, in full-on Method acting mode studying for a role.

Standing in the Doorway
Standing in the Doorway
Together, Apart
Together, Apart

This was taken around 10pm on the subway on my way home from Chinatown. I suspect these two were heading home after dinner and a long day (perhaps week!) at the office.

Oncoming Metro
Oncoming Metro
Chinatown Arch, Sunset
Chinatown Arch, Sunset

This image has me on the horns of a dilemma- would it have been better in color or as it is in black-and-white? I think it has a certain character in black-and-white that it wouldn’t have in color, but the western sky would definitely look different. Comments?