Reflections through the lens

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Street-life photography

2 different worlds

I was wandering around Battery Park City the other day and ended up at World Trade Center Ground Zero. And there was a perfect modern urban picture waiting for me:

Big colorful truck in front of commercial skyscraper building with metal facade

Still-life

But before I got there I was stunned by another view, more pleasant to my eye, quiet and calm on lovely Sunday morning:

Street life photograph of a Lower Manhattan neighborhood

Isn't it timeless?

Can you tell me what year it is?

These 2 photographs separated by just a few blocks, but what a difference! I love to travel around the globe and find these amazing small gems, pieces of life we live and sometimes don’t appreciate. That’s why I got here almost 4 years ago, and fell in love with this city, it’s diversity and craziness!

Tornado hit Queens

Tornado hit Queens borough of New York City on 9/16 around 6pm.

At first I thought it was nothing severe because everything we saw out of our windows was quite strong wind causing waves of water in the air, blackened skies and it lasted just for about 5 min. Gone. Nothing. But almost immediately started sirens of emergency vehicles. From all directions. Again could be just regular storm, we have had a couple of it this year. But, after 30 min sirens still coming I started to worry about my car parked on the street :) I guess not only me.

Still didn’t want to go outside. After a helicopter with a projector had hung over our building for 10 min it got to me that it’s quite serious somewhere close to us. I checked traffic in goggle.maps and got a shock – no one time saw I all local streets black. Something was happening out there for sure. And we went to see it ourselves as many of you did.

That was something extraordinary by any measure! Many people will remember those 5 min of nature’s anger for long time: smashed cars, destroyed trees, damaged houses etc.

And below you’ll find photographs witnessing human weakness before nature’s power.

Firefighter with a torch at emergency caused by a tornado

Reportage photograph of firefighters working on cleaning Woodhaven Boolevard in Queens, New York City

Tornado aftermath, night September 16, fallen trees damaged cars

Tornado aftermath, night 9/16, fallen trees damaged cars

Tornado smashed car in Queens NYC USA

A car smashed by a branch of a tree during the storm

Firefighters cleaning the tornado aftermath, night 9/16

Photograph 0f tornado aftermath, night 9/16, traffic stopped for a few hours because of the fallen trees

Traffic allowed, buses driving on Woodhaven Blvd through the safety corridor

Traffic allowed through the safety corridor after a few hours of waiting

Fallen trees blocked the traffic for a few hours in Queens, New York

Traffic moving through the safety corridor on Woodhaven Blvd in Queens, NYC

Morning 9/17 update:  more new pictures from around the Queens affected by the storm and tornado.

Reportage photography of a tornado disaster

Photography of the tornado aftermath

Power lines and street crossing lights damaged by the tornado

You may cross the street now

Meteorologists said that the majority of the damage came from the macroburst in Queens. A macroburst is an intense gust of wind that pours down from a storm. According to the National Weather Service, the macroburst started in the Middle Village section of Queens and ended in Forest Hills, and was 8 miles long and 5 miles wide with winds up to 125 mph.

And that’s what we actually see here.

Storm hit Queens NYC USA

One of many cars damaged by flying trees
Removing a fallen tree of the roof of the building

One of many damaged houses hit by fallen trees

Street filled with remains of trees that hit hoses and cars

Tornado crashed a lot of great trees that were a best feature if the area making it green and beautiful

Power lines are down because of the tornado hit

Documentary photograph: power lines are down, houses without electricity

Car smashed by a huge tree broken by a tornado in Queens New York

Do not park at bus stop?

Great trees are down broken by storm

Street closed by police because of the trees broken by storm on 9/16

Tree fell down in the morning long time after storm passed, it's still dangerous out there

Tree fell down in the morning in Juniper Valley Park and blocked the road almost entirely

New feature at Blurb

Cool news from Blurb.com – now they allow to make books previews of more than 15 pages! So please check out my photography book an Halloween Parade here

Boo To You!
New York’s Village …
By Alex Kotlik
Photo book
Book Preview

It’s very useful to have the opportunity to show some most important pages in the book which not necessary are the first 15 pages :) And moreover you may allow the full preview of the book…

Damned

Damned

The most creative among scariest parade

Just to recall how it was back in 2007 and what was the difference between parades of 2007 and 2008 :)

In 2007 it was more about election on the one hand but more fun an less economic-pain-related on the other hand…

Vote for us

Vote for us

I luv you

I luv you

Wanna talk to me?

Wanna talk to me?

Zombies Party

Zombies Party

Sweet clown

Sweet clown

Nice Joker

Nice Joker

I could probably love you...

I could probably love you...

I see you... Beware!

I see you... Beware!

Hell is Joy

Hell is Joy

Halloween Band

Halloween Band

After party

After party

Tired angel

Tired angel

Spiderman and the pary

Spiderman and the party

Train to the Death Star

Train to the Death Star

Am I look familiar to you

Am I look familiar to you

Damned

Damned

Commuters ?

Commuters ?

I'm The King!

I'm The King!

Wet and naked

World Naked Bike Ride 2009

Every year, in cities around the world, people ride bikes naked to celebrate cycling and the human body.

The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture.

“It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the vulnerability faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy. ”

www.worldnakedbikeride.org/
wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?ti tle=New_York_City

Don't use what you really don't need

Don't use what you really don't need

World-Naked-Bike-Ride

Photograph of a young woman protesting against pollution and using cars

World Naked Bike Ride 2009

Photograph of a young man protesting against pollution and using cars

Pump blood not oil

Pump blood not oil

Naked and consious

Fight for future - Photograph of a young woman protesting against pollution and using cars

World-Naked-Bike-Ride-2009

!World-Naked-Bike-Ride in pink

World-Naked-Bike-Ride-sombrero

World-Naked-Bike-Ride-2009 flat iron building

School football

Just another day in Juniper Valley Park in Queens, New York City.

Park is pretty huge and it was crowded to its limits.  As a foreigner I still can’t understand Americans’ love to the football 😉 For me the soccer is much more  cooler. Just kidding, but…

What I’m really concerned of is the traumatism in the football. I saw another day as a  kid was hurt badly during a training session and got to emergency…

School football

Photograph of a school football team practice