Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I know I haven't been posting recently. It's not that I don't have any photos - I have a ton waiting to be converted to black and white - and it's not that I don't want to blog. It's just that I'm really trying to focus on my other blog, Danish Poet, which I'm really having a blast with. So I'm retiring this blog. Not for too long, but long enough where I can't give an exact date to when I'm going to start posting again. Retire isn't even a good word. I'm taking a break. This isn't a goodbye necessarily, but a see you later. However, I feel I should say thanks to all those who have been supporting me since the beginning of this blog - you know who you are. 

I'd feel guilty leaving this post without one last photo - so here's one I took at the gardens.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Guarding Knight

There's that knight again, this time guarding the gateway to... what do you think?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Trees & Rooftop Silhouette

This is a photograph I took of the edges of tree branches, framing the rooftop of an old building in a stark silhouette.

Monday, October 6, 2008


This is a photograph I took of a man giving money to the poor in New York City. 

Friday, October 3, 2008

Two Roses

Remember that garden I was talking about the other day? Well, the garden had a huge section devoted to roses, and this is a photo I took from the rose section. It reminds me of one of those Hallmark Valentine's Day cards. The only thing missing is some white cursive script beneath the flowers reading "Happy Valentine's Day".

Thursday, October 2, 2008


This is a picture I took of a beautifully designed Christmas coaster, ordered from the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art catalog. You'll find that they have some really creative stuff in that magazine if you ever get around to reading it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Arboretum Gates

This is a picture I took of the top of a building that houses hundreds of plants in a college near where I live. Surrounding the building is a beautiful, gigantic garden, which I'll be posting pictures of throughout the week.

Monday, September 29, 2008


This is a photograph I took of a small toy knight I have. The knight actually comes with a whole set, but this one is my favorite.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


This is a photograph I took of some skyscrapers outside of Radio City Music Hall, where I saw a very enjoyable Willie Nelson concert.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Majestic Building

This is a photograph I took of a very majestic school building, from the grand steps leading to its entrance.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


This is a photo I took of a car as it drove by. Mostly, this picture is an experimentation with blur, and I believe that gives it a nice effect.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sun and Harmonica

This is a picture I took of a man playing the harmonica, with the sun blazing in the background. Even though it made the man a silhouette and you can't necessarily see the harmonica, you can still make out the man's hands as he plays a vibrato

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Strange Door

This is a photograph I took of a mysterious doorway I saw on the side of an apartment building near a car dealership. My only question was "Where does it lead to?" Make sure to click on the photo for better detail.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pillow Cover

This is a photograph I took of a pillow cover covering a particularly comfy pillow.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tree and Wires

This is a photograph I took of a telephone pole sticking up through a tree on that roadtrip to Montauk I'd mentioned in an earlier post. To me, this photo represents how human civilization seems to be dominating the beauty of life.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Weed In a Crack

Remember that tennis court I told you about? Well, there were actually two sections to it. One section, the part I took the picture of, was the nicer section, the section where the courts were clean, and you could safely play tennis. The other section however, wasn't so nice. Divided from the nicer one by a large green wall, it was scarred with cracks and looked like someone had actually taken a jackhammer and literally tore the place apart. I'd remembered it being bad when I was little, but not nearly as destroyed as it is today. Anyway, this is where I took this photo. One of the larger cracks had a huge weed growing out of it, and I thought the contrast between the shadows cast by the weed and the tennis court's battered ground was nice. 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Apples Barn

This is a photograph I took on a roadtrip to Montauk. As I passed by a cornfield I snapped quickly this shot of a red barn. I think it is a good example of the things you only seem to find on roadtrips.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tennis Net

When I was younger I used to play tennis with my parents at an old tennis court. Over the years, the grounds surrounding the tennis court were put under construction, as two new baseball fields, a pathway, and a lacrosse field were made. During the construction, it was impossible to play at the tennis court. Over the years, I missed walking down the dirt path - where I would occasionally see a rabbit - to the tennis courts on a hot summer day, passing through the weeds and by the old abandoned ticket booth, to play a merry game of tennis with my mother and father. Eventually over time it was reopened, and just last week I went to go play tennis there. Even though the dirt path was gone, the weeds were pulled out, and the old ticket booth had been removed, the tennis court itself didn't change, and I like that. It is hard to decide whether change is a good thing or a bad thing, but I don't think that is to be decided. What's important to decide is how you remember things before they changed. My memories are still fresh in my mind.

"Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Friday, September 5, 2008

Nailed Coke

In the town I live in there are many telephone poles, and of course people like to hang all kinds of things on them, but never have I seen somebody nail a coke bottle to one before. In a strange way, I find it quite beautiful. I even took a video of it, and in the video the sunlight captures the bottle's plastic in a beautiful and almost epic way. Then again, what do I know, I just like a good bottle of Coke. 

Thursday, September 4, 2008


This is a photo I took of George Washington's head in a paivting I have hanging in my bedroom. I received it from my grandmother and apparently it was my great grandfather's. I know the picture is blurry, but if you look at it from far away it becomes clearer, and I think it ads a certain effect to it. Then again, I might not have a clue what I'm talking about. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Printed Heads

This is a photograph of some pictures of heads my father printed out as a bases for his artwork. They are laying on top of a chair I love to sit in in his studio.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


This is a photo I took of my grandfather's black boots one time when he was sitting down in my patio. My grandfather has worn those black boots for as long as I can remember, even since I was a kid, but they never seem to age a day.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Painting's Eyes

This is a photograph of the eyes of a painting by my father. The rest of the painting is beautiful as well, but I do love the eyes.

Friday, August 29, 2008


This is just a note stating that this website, my blog, and the shop will have no further editions until next Monday. By then, I should have one or two items in the shop and plenty of posts during the week ahead. 

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dear Readers:

In case you haven't noticed, I have not posted yesterday and today - why? It is not for lack of photography or inspiration, but merely for lack of time and growing of personal business. Beyond that I cannot explain. I will not be posting as frequently as I used to everyday, but please keep checking back. I hope you will continue to enjoy my photographs, whether they be delayed or not. This will also be the same for readers of my blog Danish Poet. Though I had grown into the habit of posting every day on that blog, I will be incapable to do that until a large holiday or next summer. However, in the mess of things I assure you the Danish Poet Shop will be up and running soon with t-shirts and possibly posters. 

Please keep frequent,
Arnold Layne

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Paradise 7

A few years ago my great grandmother had to move out of the home she had lived in for thirty years - a small cape in the town of Hicksville, Long Island. Of course, over the years she had collected many items in her house which varied from cheap jewelery to small sunhats. Among the clutter of her second floor, I discovered two cardboard road signs, one reading Intercourse 69, and another reading Paradise 7. Taking the second sign home with me, I hung it in my bedroom where it is displayed to this day. This is a photograph I took of the number 7 on the sign. I like the vintage feel it has to it. 

Friday, August 22, 2008

Skywatch Friday: Parking Lot Lights

This is a photograph I took for Skywatch Friday of some lights in a parking lot I was driving by. To me, the cloud behind them looks like an eye, what does it look like to you?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This is a photograph of a watercolor my father painted that is hanging by the bottom of the stairs in my house. If you look closely at the painting, you can see my reflection in the glass.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


This is a photograph I took of a chandelier reflecting on a beautiful ceiling. As of the moment, the location of where this photo was taken escapes me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Clouds and Traffic Lights

This is a photograph I took in the car of some street lights hanging by a wire with a beautiful backdrop cast by the setting sun and a street lamp in the corner. 

Please forgive the absence of a post yesterday, I am afraid I got caught up watching Edward Scissorhands.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Unidentifiable Flower

This the last and final photo in the flower photo series. The week has come to an end, and I am very grateful for all your encouraging comments. I may make these photos available on Picasa Web Albums but until then you must wait. This is yet another photo of a flower I found and was unable to define. I hope you've all enjoyed the week.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


This is a picture I took of a rose in a large pot on my patio. It's a very beautiful pink rose plant that sprouts about three flowers every summer. I've taken pictures of it before but none have ever come out quite like this.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Hydrangeas 2

This is the exact same hydrangea bush that I took a photo of before, so I couldn't think of a more creative name. I showed this photo later on in the week because I think it is better than the first one.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rose of Sharon

This is a photo I took of one of the many Rose of Sharon flowers surrounding my patio. Rose of Sharens are a very common and beautiful flower on Long Island, and always seem to attract hundreds of bees. The flower has so much sweet-smelling pollen that the bees usually overdose, and I find them covered in pollen and stumbling drunkly through the air (if one can stumble drunkly through the air) back to their hive near my attic.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Black & White Flower

I'm not even sure what type of flower this is, that is why I entitled it "Black & White Flower" All I know is that it can be found in my backyard, so if anyone can tell me what flower this is by the picture, please do so.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Hydrangeas are my favorite flower to photograph. These are some white hydrangeas in my backyard that I'd always admired and thought looked even better in black and white.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Introducing A Week of Flowers

From this monday to this sunday will be Flowers Week. Every day I will post a picture I took of flowers with a black background. Today's flower week entry is a photo I took of some daisies that can be found in a pot on my stoop. Sometimes it is hard to capture daisies on a sunny day because the pure white petals becomes so bright the photo comes out bad. However, when the beauty of a daisy is captured it can be stunning. Personally, I believe I captured these daisies quite well, but let me assure you I saved the best flower photograph for last this week. 

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Greenwich Door

In case you haven't noticed by now I love to hang around Greenwich Village. This is a photograph of a battered old door I found leading into an apartment building in Greenwich Village. A month after taking this picture I saw a man on the street selling a photograph of the same door - who'd figure? Maybe I should start making some money myself...

Saturday, August 9, 2008


One of the things I love about Manhattan is the graffiti. Not the meaningless colored scribbles that you find on the inside of bridges, but the creative artwork that is made by those who are bursting with artistic ability. The most beautiful graffiti is usually found in Soho, but I believe I photographed this near Greenwich Village. Believe me, this isn't the nicest graffiti I've found, but it's the nicest graffiti I've photographed in black and white. 

Friday, August 8, 2008

Sea of Clouds

This is a photograph I originally took to capture the beauty of a stunning group of clouds. However, the building that was originally in the way of the perfect shot soon became part of it, as it gave it the clouds the effect of expanding very far and looking like a sea of clouds. This is one of those photos that look better when you enlarge it. 

Thursday, August 7, 2008


This is a photograph I took of an engraving I found on the sidewalk.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Aviators, or Aves, as I most lovingly refer to them, are by far my favorite type of sunglasses. My uncle, who is a professional photographer, has his own pair of which I snapped at a family barbecue. If I had not darkened the picture, you would have been able to see my reflection in the glasses.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


This is a photograph I took of a beautiful, iron candle lantern hanging to the right of my backdoor. It was bought a very long time ago at a garage sale, and it leaves the faintest, and yet most magical light when a candle is placed in it and lit on a clear summer evening.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Please Forgive Me...

But I am afraid that for some reason Blogger is preventing me from loading any photos onto todays post. I would try later, but I've already made plans to view Being John Malkovich for the first time and do not want to miss it.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


This is a photograph of the hundreds of leaves that grow on a tree canopying my driveway. What I always loved about these leaves is the fact that they are shaped like a heart.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Skywatch Friday

This is a photograph I took for Skywatch Friday of the top of a building in Greenwich Village. What I personally like about this photo is how wispy the clouds are above the building.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


This is a sketch for a painting my father is making. The picture appears warped only because it was taken on the other side of the canvas with the light shining through it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Le Figaro Cafe

This is another painting I found outside the wall of a building in Greenwich Village. However, this one stated the title of the restaurant that inhabited it. Though at one time I'm sure it was a nice cafe, it has long since been vacated.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Man With Umbrella

This is a painting I found on the wall of a building in Greenwich Village.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Dear Readers,

  Please forgive my four day absence from this blog for I am afraid I have been carelessly swept away by the summer. 

  I'm sure there has been confusion as to why I kept inserting links to my Zazzle gallery and Cafe Press images and why they did not work. My Zazzle gallery originally contained three posters I designed for the bands Spoon, Bright Eyes, and Sufjan Stevens. However, I inserted the three posters into the gallery every time, only to find that it displayed the Sufjan Stevens poster. I was very puzzled, and after two days of desperately attempting to restore the other two posters to the gallery I gave up and created an account on Cafe Press where you could order framed prints of my colored and non-colored work. It was until just now that I realized one needed a Cafe Press account to order my prints, and I figured I wouldn't put you through that much trouble, that is why there is no longer a Cafe Press link.

  There have been multiple reasons for my absence alongside the Zazzle/Cafe Press problem that I would rather not get into right now, but as of the moment I shall continue my daily photo. Todays photograph is yet another experiment of what happens when you take a cardboard tube and press against the lens as you snap a shot.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Magnifying Glass

This is an experimental photo I took with a magnifying glass placed in front of the camera lens.

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Mexican Sun

This is a stone sun my family bought on a trip to New Mexico when I was a child. We found it in an old pottery shop off the beaten track. I remember it was a large wooden shack surrounded by pots and statues, and if you looked past the clutter of pottery, a beautiful New Mexican landscape brought a feast for the eyes. At last, in reflection of that beautiful state, the stone sun hangs up on a wall in the pantry.