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Jason Devaun
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I see it, I shoot it...
I see it, I shoot it...

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And now we've come to the portion of the program where I state the obvious:

I love NYC.

#nyc #newyorkcity #happyvalentinesday #streetphotography #blackandwhite #jdevaunphotography


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In a city as energetic and unrestrained as New York, it's important to have "quiet places." Granted, a quiet place in NYC may be nothing more than a "slightly less noisy" place to someone who lives in a van down by a river in Oregon. But these spaces are vital to the quality of life here and, luckily, they aren't hard to find. There are big parks and little parks and gardens and promenades. Even when the situation isn't ideal, New Yorkers just seem to instinctively know how to get what they need. I like to call it pragmatic creativity.

#nyc #newyorkcity #relax #streetphotography #blackandwhite #jdevaunphotography


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The Lower East Side was once the central dwelling place for the bulk of New York City's immigrants in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Here you had Italian, Jewish, Russian, German, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Romanian families all trying to eek out a substantial existence. Poor living conditions played a major role in bringing about the political activism that would become closely associated with the neighborhood. Change, in more ways than one, accompanied that activism; after WWII, there was a sudden influx of African-Americans and Puerto Ricans moving into the area. By the 1980s there were significant numbers of Dominican, Japanese, Indian and Korean residents in the Lower East Side.

Today it's a gentrified, trendy neighborhood dotted with luxury condominium towers, but it still manages to maintain enough of its old school charm to make it a worthwhile train ride downtown. More importantly, setting aside any ill will toward hipsters and gentrification, the Lower East Side is representative of all of NYC in one decisive way: immigration and diversity are the heart of our story.

#nyc #newyork #immigration #nobannowall #streetphotography

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"Alternative facts" make me want to live in an alternative universe.
And then I remember I live in NYC. So, never mind. I'll just turn off the TV.

#nyc #newyorkcity #alternativefacts #reality #streetphotography
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The incoming president may be a New York native, but he is generally unloved in this city. Overstating party lines, both real and imagined, is ultimately useless but everyone knows NYC is blue.

Dark blue.

Yankee blue.

#nyc #newyork #westandunited #thankyouobama #trumpinaguration #demonstration


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The 2nd Avenue Subway has graduated from urban myth to reality. For nearly 100 years this proposed addition to NYC's subway system failed to materialize for a multitude of reasons: the Great Depression, World War II, mismanagement of funds, political infighting, logistical complications -- it was just one problem after another. The skepticism that the 2nd Ave. Subway would ever come to exist in their lifetime was a state of mind that spread itself across at least a couple of generations of New Yorkers. But on January 1st, 2017 the 2nd Ave. Subway rang in the new year with three new stations (96th St., 86th St. 72nd St.), bringing Q service to the Upper East Side.

I imagine none of this sounds like a big deal to people outside of NYC, but believe me when I tell you that a good number of this city's subway riders have been in a celebratory mood lately. The 2nd Ave. Subway represents a 4-phase project that, when completed, will see the line extend from Uptown to Lower Manhattan. Phase 1 is done. No one is holding their breath for phase 2 to begin. We're happy with what we've got.

#nyc #newyork #subway #secondavenuesubway #mta


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It's over. We finally escaped the cold merciless grip of 2016. From social and political turbulence to the gut-wrenching deaths of far too many inspirational human beings (Prince, Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor, George Michael, Pat Summitt, Bill Nunn, Gwen Ifill, John Glenn...okay, I'll stop now), 2016 C.E. has been a year to forget. While such losses are inevitable in any given year, it's really the political situation that ushers many Americans into the new year with a grim sense of trepidation. As far as I'm concerned, the only way we can have a better 2017 is by being better to one another. It's not magic; it won't erase everything that's wrong with our social and political systems and those who unfortunately are in charge of them. But treating others with the same level of dignity that you would expect for yourself can go a long, long way in making life more livable. There will surely continue to be stressful occurrences but it's easier to overcome them when we've got help. Let's resolve to be good to one another in 2017.

#nyc #newyork #newyear2017 #streetphotography #jdevaunphotography #phifedawg

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