Dumbo

Black and White by A Round Cube

 
 
 

Nowadays, I’ve mainly been shooting with my ContaxT2. I'm not a photographer, or anything; however, I do enjoy snapping this and that while casually walking down the street or some alleyway. The quality and process of shooting with film is incomparable to digital - not being able to immediately see what was captured is, in some ways, enlightening. You could say that I’m a bit of an old spirit. Waiting for the rolls to be developed adds to the experience of shooting with film. I even enjoy randomly browsing through those out of focus, under or overexposed moments. While organizing the rolls accumulated since I have started, I had an idea to put together posts using these, something like recollections through film photo. I got excited and dug out leaves pressed in some book last year, scanned them in and started fiddling. So here goes the first, hope you would enjoy it with us. xx

發現最近自己幾乎是用底片相機在拍照,雖然不是專業攝影師但喜歡隨身口袋裡去到哪都帶著底片相機,方便即時記錄每天生活中遇見的人物街景、 甚至是一瞬間。喜歡按下快門後無法立刻看自己究竟拍到了什麼,有時底片會不經意的曝光、或是塵粒在光線下預期外的明顯,還有每次等待底片洗出來前的期待,這些都是讓我格外享受用傳統底片相機拍照的樂趣。翻翻一直以來累積的照片,讓我想好好的整理他們,用底片機拍下的記憶和一些無所謂卻最真實的日常記錄。想到這裡開始有點興奮翻開去年秋天我夾在書裡的落葉 (經過一年很多都碎了),把它們傳進電腦裡用剩下的幾片小葉開始亂擺,同樣的一片落葉卻是不同的秋天。這是首篇,希望在看的你也跟我們一起enjoy囉。

 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes it happens that you stall, delay, wait for something to happen. Sometimes you have the feeling that here are all the makings of a picture – except for just one thing that seems to be missing. But what one thing? Perhaps someone suddenly walks into your range of view. You follow his progress through the viewfinder. You wait and wait, and then finally you press the button – and you depart with the feeling (though you don’t know why) that you’ve really got something.”

— Henri Cartier-Bresson



"有時候不盡滿意,我們便會動也不動,等待什麼事情發生;有時整個畫面都鬆散了,拍不到好照片幾已成為定局,突然有個人從眼前經過,我們透過觀景窗跟隨他的路徑,我們等待、再等待……然後按下快門,至此才帶著背包裡好像裝了一些東西的感覺離開。"

—亨利‧卡提耶-布列松
 
 
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Photos taken with
Tri-X400 using Contax T2.

Sweets found inside a "Burrow" by A Round Cube

photo source   Brunch with

photo source Brunch with

 
 
 

What I am about to introduce is one of my favorite hidden gems, yes I know, lots of places in New York get hailed as "hidden gem" but this one earns the moniker. Tucked away in the lobby of a historic building in Dumbo, Burrow, a Japanese Patisserie is just as hard to spot as the "speakeasy" bars — the entrance could take a while to find. This little shop is actually located right around the corner from the vintage store previously introduced, The Front General StoreIf you are planning a visit, definitely check out both its a bundle of joy! 

今天要來介紹的是一家日本甜點店 — Burrow。店如其名, Burrow的意思是地洞, 而難找的程度就像Speakeasy一樣明明有了地址卻找不到門進去, 每次和朋友邊聊天邊走去Burrow的路上都常常會不留意走過頭。第一次拜訪時不外乎同時非常期待卻也異常焦躁(尤其是肚子餓的時候)。雖然說是地洞, 不過它也同時位於之前介紹過的二手古董店附近: The Front General Store

 
 
 
 
 
 

Burrow is the dessert places I visit most frequently, although I still manage to walk past many times. Once you find your way inside, you'll be greeted by the friendly proprietor ready to make you a warm drink or serve up a pastry from their mystical case of offerings. What they have here is a combination of Japanese delicacy and the warmth of American baking. From portrait cookies, tower of cream puffs to cactus-shaped macarons, the pastries are often too adorable and makes you think twice before eating. The flavors and selections change on a regular basis. There are even daily specials made with seasonal ingredients, such as the cherry blossom cakes and pumpkin pies. Snatch ‘em if you see ‘em! (they are kind of rare). Everything here is made with as much love as talent.

紐約的甜點文化就像它的民族風情一樣是個大鎔爐。Burrow可以說是我最喜歡也最常去的甜點店了, 它有著忠於真材實料的味道, 結合日式的精緻與美式烘焙的溫度, 連我不愛吃甜食的朋友都能自己吃好幾個蛋糕。Burrow厲害的地方除了能讓不愛吃甜食的人享受甜而不膩的糕點之外, 更是能滿足甜食愛好者的口味抓住他們成為常客。我想它與一般甜點店最大的不同就在於烘培師Ayako Kurokawa對於食材有著源源不絕的靈感, 每個禮拜甚至每天都能看見Burrow推出新的糕點。對於她而言, 除了本身對當季食材搭配有著扎實的經驗, 而且每樣餅乾與蛋糕更像是他的藝術創作。像是女孩辮子的奶油餅乾、自畫像的插畫蛋糕、仙人掌的立體夾心、黑人手指餅乾, 每個都像是一件小藝術品, 要下手吃它們之前都得想想到底該從哪裡開始吃才好。

 
 
photos source    Burrow

photos source Burrow

 
 
Burrow's Patissier

"AYAKO KUROKAWA is a patissier and a food stylist in NYC. She picks her inspirations from her restaurant experiences, Brooklyn life, and day dreaming in the subway. She likes the comfort of wood, precious old things, and simple fresh dishes. She also loves to surprise people, and to bring smiles to their faces with her sweets."
 
photo source   Brunch with

photo source Brunch with

Burrow
68 Jay St #119, Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.ayakokurokawa.com