Out on the Road… Trips.

Flautist's hands.
Flautist’s hands.

Road Trips. America. Coast to coast. City to city.

That’s what these pictures are about. I was having a hard time thinking about what more to show you from my assignments collections.

Then it hit me.

I mentioned working for a lot of travel publications. Guide books. Trade books. Corporate travel companies. Brochures. Magazines. And, so on.


I thought that I might show you some of that work. Every picture you see today was published somewhere. At some time. Sometimes for more than one use. The images are a mix of film and digital files.

The pictures. You may have seen some of them here, on Storyteller. After all, this blog has been around for a long time. If I am lucky, you may have seen them published somewhere else.

The top picture. I made that in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Was walking down the street. This guy was playing his flute. I asked if I could take his picture. He said that would be okay if I bought one of his CDs. I agreed as long as he signed a release. He said that he would if I bought two CDs. Fine with me. I shared one with a friend and kept the other one.

The Mission District. I was working in San Francisco. I was looking for a kind of signature picture in the Mission District, which is probably one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. I found this one.  It’s what I call a compression shot. 300 mm lens which brought everything into one plane of focus.

Earl. Everybody knows Earl. You may have seen a picture that I call Eggs. That’s the number one picture from this take. This is number two and makes a statement about the friendliness of New Orleanians. I think.

Los Angeles Boots. I made this picture on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles back in the day when cowboy boots were fashionable just about everywhere. You know. Black cowboy boots. Jeans. A black t-shirt. And, black blazer. That look. I saw this old 1930’s style gas station. One day it was closed. The next day it was open and the parking lot was covered in second-hand boots. What could I do? I just had to take some pictures.

The Chrysler Building. I was walking around in New York City at might when we decided to take a ride up  to the top of the Empire State Building. Even though I was carrying a camera, I wasn’t really prepared for working at night from a distance. No tripod. Just two lenses. No off body flashes. Good thing too. I probably would have made a very sharp picture of the city with the Chrysler Building in the scene. Like just about every other picture.

Flying Over Las Vegas. If you’ve ever ridden to the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, you know this scene. Since this was one of the main reasons that I was working in Las Vegas, I actually stayed there. The accommodations are on the lower-middle end. But, I could ride up and down the elevator to the top as much as I wanted. Besides, I was working a lot. I didn’t stay in my room all that much.

Fisherman. Most tourists know the front of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. They rarely wander around to the back where the wharf is a real working place. I’m not like most people. You already know that.

Cemetery Boots. An Albuquerque picture. One of my favorite grave markers of all time. The cemetery, and the church across the street, is so small that a traveling priest comes once a week to say Mass.

Wynn. It’s great fun shooting casino floors in Las Vegas. Mostly, it’s not permitted. But, in this day and age of cell phone cameras, almost everybody does it. Secretly. Sometimes, not so secretly. But, when I made this picture I actually contacted the marketing department. They limited my freedom some. But, they also ran authorized interference for me when security personal questioned me. I think it took me more time to arrange access than it did to actually take the picture.

Rush Hour on Wall Street. The picture is all about early morning late fall light and motion. In New York City. I can’t think of a prettier city to photograph at that time of year.

So. What do you think? A little more before I slip into the craziness that is actually Carnival Season and Mardi Gras?

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

10 thoughts on “Out on the Road… Trips.

  1. A very nice collection from tight focuses to blurrs. The Mission district evokes the most emotion because of my love of S.F. The blurred Wall Street image has the greatest expression of movement, speed and dynamics. The colors adds to those feelings.
    I find it interesting that all of these have been published. I tend to think that published images have to be in focus and “perfect” in a sense of the landscapes urban and rural found in publications like National Geographic. Your publishers are much more focused on the artistic aspect of photography rather than documentation.


    1. Tim, I guess I have to let my ego speak a little. My publishers like me. Some, including NGS Traveler reached to me because of whatever graphic/color/photographic style, intent and vision that I have. Anybody can shoot a sharp picture. Especially now, when 90% of the cameras are good. There’s no trick to that and there hasn’t been for a long time. Look to photographers like Ernst Haas, Jay Maisel, Sam Abell or David Allen Harvey and you’ll see my influences.


      1. I think tomorrow’s post will be Asia and then I’m done with those kinds of collections because I have to move into Carnival. Next big parade is tomorrow night.

        You’re not gonna like it. Most of my Asian pictures shimmer, move and hop. It’s how I saw the cities in which I was working. For me, and anybody who wants to move to some other level, the sense and feel of the place is the most important thing.


      2. Don’t judge too early. I liked the Wall Street image, remember. I’ll look forward to seeing how you’ve interpreted Asia. After living in Taiwan for 8.5 years and traveling extensively throughout Asia, I’m anxious to see your interpretation. Thanks.


  2. Yikes! No way I’d go to the top of the Stratosphere. Love the flautist’s hands and Mission District especially. Have to go to San Francisco one day. ☺

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