gangs of new york – Irish Immigration to the United States
A video about Irish immigration to the United States for my Ethnic Studies class. Footage from Gangs of New York copyright of and owned by Miramax Films.
The United States of Italy
Oliver wears: U-Boat U-51 Bronze Limited Edition
V for Vendetta has no real relevance to this photo. I even looked it up to make sure. Vendetta stands for a private feud, originally between Corsican or Sicilian families, in which the relatives seek vengeance by the killing or murder of that persons family. I had no idea it started in Italy. Doesn’t surprise me though (no offense if you’re from Italy or Italian).
I often wonder what New York was like back in the day when mobster families and gangs controlled certain areas of the city. Contemporary society only catches a glimpse of what that life was like through Hollywood portrayals. This view of the West Village was most certainly controlled by some gang back in the day, but today the only gangs that wander these streets are fashionable nightlife seekers.
And it’s pouring rain again in New York City. It’s been a strange fall season. Cold, hot, hurricane, earthquake, rain, rain and more rain. I do enjoy the reflections in the city as a result of the rain. One of these days my camera is going to get drenched and stop working.
"The brain changes continually as a result of our experiences. Experiences produce physical changes in the brain either through new neural connections or through the generation of new neurons… This creates different convictions, habits, values and character." – an statement from Dan Loeb, a well known hedge fund founder.
I love this statement and it sums up why I travel. I’ve always been a big proponent of getting out and experiencing life. Why do I believe in this so much? Our experiences shape one’s views and biases. In my mind, experiences are so fundamental that they affect our judgement and shape our actions in life on a neurological level. It’s the basic chicken and egg argument, but I can personally vouch that traveling throughout the world has changed my mindset.
I have a friend who recently booked a one way flight to Bogota, Columbia for 3+ months. He’s not going on a tour bus, nor does he have a set schedule. He’s going to live life. I’m envious of the memories he’ll have for the rest of his life and more importantly the experiences that will shape who he is as person in the future.
This shot was taken in Midtown, New York City. I took this with a 6400 ISO and I’m floored at the low amount of noise in this photo. I’m a big fan of my new camera, the Canon 5D Mark II.