if you ever need me, I'll be right here. (for christopher kontoes)

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© Paul Lavallee
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Another image of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island. When I scanned this image I immediately thought of Christopher Kontoes. If you have not seen his work and you like my film images, you will love his! He has an unique and consistent style that amazes me each time he posts a new image.

Christopher also has oustanding titles to his images, way cooler than anything I could imagine. Does anyone get my title reference?

Created using a Diana+ camera with a 35mm back and Lomo Redscale film. Negative scanned as grayscale with my Epson v700 Perfection scanner. No digital manipulation, not even dust and scratch removal.

© mylatehope.com

Ps. I just realized that I forgot to flip this image horizontally after I scanned it upside down. Looking west towards Manhattan from Roosevelt Island, the smoke stack is on the left side of the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge and the Roosevelt Island Tramway is on the right side. I knew something didn't look right! Oh well, I think I like it better this way (with the dominant line proceeding from the left to the center of the image) anyway.

68 responses

  • Megan Green

    Megan Green said (16 Jun 2010):

    I assume the title has something to do with Michael Stipe, but I need to brush up on my REM. This photo is so very C.K. - great tribute!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (16 Jun 2010):

    Yep...it's definitely got to be REM...I know that Chris K uses a lot of REM lyric references. I am a very big fan of his work.

    This one is yours alone, Paul...magnificent!:)

    I'm working on the the title reference.

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    a perfect Kontoes-esque photo!

  • Tricia Louvar

    Tricia Louvar said (16 Jun 2010):

    great interpretation + focal points.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Well done!

  • Danielle

    Danielle said (16 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful photo and perfect tribute!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    An outstanding tribute to the uniqueness of Christopher's work......and a beautiful insightful photo

  • Stef LePape

    Stef LePape gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    ...like a bridge over troubled waters...(I am fessing my age)

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    A wonderful shot Paul..

  • Diane Peterson

    Diane Peterson gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Great for this theme Paul! Love it!

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (17 Jun 2010):


  • riverS

    riverS (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    me too

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Very niiice - works well for the theme - Voted ;o)

  • Sean McMahon

    Sean McMahon (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    awesome shot.

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    love the focus on this one!

  • dana io

    dana io said (18 Jun 2010):

    amazing early industrial feel to it!... voted

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    Fantastic. Got my vote!!

  • Coreesi

    Coreesi said (18 Jun 2010):

    Awesome photo

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (18 Jun 2010):


  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    Yeah Rad Voted!

  • Stef LePape

    Stef LePape said (19 Jun 2010):

    I keep looking at this picture---

    well--waiting to see--What the answer is!...


    puzzle unsolved :(



  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (19 Jun 2010):

    but this is outstanding too! both, image and title!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    This is so good! Voted

  • Suzanne Cofer

    Suzanne Cofer said (20 Jun 2010):


  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    my vote!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    wow - my vote!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell said (20 Jun 2010):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful framing and texture - my vote

  • Marko

    Marko gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    great photo, got my vote

  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (21 Jun 2010):



    JOE FAILK gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!


    JOE FAILK gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • MAUPEC .

    MAUPEC . gave props (22 Jun 2010):

    voted paul!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2010):

    Really brilliant. Love the tones.

  • Brian Betteridge

    Brian Betteridge gave props (25 Jun 2010):

    this is really great...got my vote

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (25 Jun 2010):

    oooh...what a great atmosphere! A+

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (27 Jun 2010):

    Spot-on for moody, dramatic and quite beautiful -- the familiar (albeit reversed) view still renders an "alien" scene. A big "YES" for me for this amazing urban-scape.

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    excellent entry for the theme ! V+

  • Johnny Lucus

    Johnny Lucus gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Awesome shot, love the mood in this

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2010):


  • christopher kontoes

    christopher kontoes (Deleted) said (7 Jul 2010):

    just know saw this. i don't know what to say. thank you. kind. very kind of you.

  • Dominic Kite

    Dominic Kite gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    Very, very nice Paul.

  • Natasha M

    Natasha M gave props (23 Jul 2010):

    great photo

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (31 Jul 2010):

    I came back to vote.

  • Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Very cool indeed

  • Jonathan Davis

    Jonathan Davis gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Awesome shot! Dig the feel. Voted!

  • Vasileios Gretsistas

    Vasileios Gretsistas gave props (18 Aug 2010):


  • Ludovico Sinz

    Ludovico Sinz said (18 Aug 2010):

    i like this photo!

  • Sharon Wish

    Sharon Wish gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    What more can I add...damn, this is awesome! Voted.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    you've got my vote. Incredible shot!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    got my + vote!

  • Danica Radman

    Danica Radman gave props (21 Aug 2010):


  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (22 Aug 2010):

    The feel of old is there, I love the grain, my vote!

  • SiangMing Foo

    SiangMing Foo gave props (23 Aug 2010):


  • nö

    nö (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    O-kay. wow. I love it. LOVE it.

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    it's all good....moody and wonderful!

  • Adam Reilly

    Adam Reilly said (27 Aug 2010):

    Love it!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    Love this,,nostalgic old time look,,,textures amazing,,my vote

  • Carmen Lobo

    Carmen Lobo gave props (29 Aug 2010):

    Great work!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Absolutely love this!! Great tribute to Christopher!

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (7 Sep 2010):

    Excellent work !!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2010):

    So, so apt. Really beautiful and moody.

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (8 Sep 2010):

    fabulouso...my vote !

  • Bruna Euringer

    Bruna Euringer gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    i envy you - i wish I had taken this photograph! ;-)

  • Christopher Malcolm

    Christopher Malcolm said (4 Oct 2010):

    Fantastic work!

  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) gave props (6 Feb 2011):

    nice shot, gritty feel

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