A very insightful new piece from Chris Jaskot titled "Photography"

Bright lights attract more than moths, but what keeps the onlookers is
the unparalleled energy busting out of the bedrock, the majesty of the
streets and buildings that are a merger of classic and modern, built
to last, but reinforced to stand time’s changing tests.  It’s the
stone cuts, ornate edging and scroll work, hours of arduous labor,
sweat and commitment that holds the attention. It’s the testimonials
to progress and ingenuity that captivate, the beauty that you pass
speeding down one of the flanking highways avoiding potholes and
swerving among taxicabs. As rare as a perfectly cooked Sparks steak is
the time set aside in the midst of the ever-steady rush, to view this
stream of life as just single droplets, to have the time to let
perspective blossom, breakdown all the components and see the beauty
in them individually as well as a whole, whereas too often it passes
by like subway graffiti.

Driving through the madness that is commuting, the carriage of
commerce and the curious visitors is just another white van, innocuous
enough, but what sets this particular vehicle apart is not the paint,
contained within, carefully packed on the way to its final
destination.  It’s the discerning eye of the passenger, camera in
hand, working like so many others on a life characterized by duality.
A man paying the bills by day but also working feverishly to capture
moments and packets of beauty amongst the chaos of the day-to day- in
pursuit of a dream.  Instead of allowing the traffic to lull him into
a state of mid-day reverie he uses this time to search, to look beyond
the surface and see something unique where others may have just
glossed over in their haste.  An eye for form and texture as well as a
creative approach to classics, his presentation draws from the city
and asks it to do the impossible.  Hold still for a second, so I can
bring your shadows, smiles, sullen looks, curves and patterns with me.
He begs of it to allow him to borrow its grace temporarily to show to
the less meticulous, the work-washed and the un-inspired a glimpse of
the city in an everyday and yet no less breathtaking way, the details.
The details. The shades it takes, the feelings it gives off, like
steam rising through sidewalk grates it penetrates the city subtly. I
find all this in his work. I find solitary moments mixed with
landscapes and bustle, showing evidence of the city’s and subsequently
our own humanity in his film.  His work studying the simplest of
concepts such as doorways has indelible depth not only in its
implications but in its tonality something I find that dances gingerly
over the line of the commonality of every block and into the
uniqueness of the stories contained by 1 of the millions who walks
them.

But more than just bricks and mortar, more than concrete and steel,
beyond blank canvases and wheat-pasted walls, graffiti saturated
doorways and alleys, past the sun setting serenely on the city are the
moments of beauty found in struggle. The struggle experienced by those
who everyday work themselves as hard as the FDR gets worked by trucks
and travelers, he finds within his lens, moments of repose,
expressions of joy and anguish in the midst of what every New Yorker
does every day, work to out run the feeling that it’s all never
enough.  From the downtown bankers brisk bustle, to the lower east
sider’s swanky swagger, to the constant chatter of Chinatown, and
uptown’s familiar facades to new looks at iconic places we are
confronted with a pace and amazingly in capturing this pace as it
happens a moment, a moment where art meets life, where life is art and
where artist connects to both subject, environment and medium.

Saunter if you will into this world with me, hold the hand that is the
page and venture forth, take a moment to let the lights and shadow
saturate your psyche.  But most importantly use these photographs as
portals, to places you don’t go, people you don’t see, angles you
wouldn’t have thought of viewing from.  Mix that like a Friday night
DJ does with what you do see, and touch and then sit back and enjoy
the images this all brings to mind. Marvel that after 4 centuries the
city still gives off an energy that draws millions of onlookers, then
stop for a second and realize you make one more.

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