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Photographer Alex Raytses Shows Coney’s Ghostly Side


When you picture Coney Island, you may imagine that fantastic, bright red parachute jump in front of a vibrant blue sky, or the many colorful bathing suits and multicolored beach umbrellas. Perhaps you can’t help but picture the dazzling array of signs along the boardwalk as you walk past the amusement park.

Well, photographer Alex Raytses has his own take on Coney Island, and in his new online collection “Coney Dreams” he shows that it’s much more haunting, much more lonely than others.

These trance-inducing photos resemble a dream sequence with shades of gray mists and beige sands, communicating the calmness of the pier on a foggy afternoon, or the brutality of a harsh wind and snow that can disrupt a winter sojourner on the boardwalk.

Check out more of Alex Raytses’ Coney Dreams photos.

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  1. another wannabe.  why not start your own portfolio of real photos.  clearly some are his (though some are clearly staged), but other photos do not belong to him.  not about to prove anything to anyone, but ALEX- why oh why?

  2.     Hi Daniela, this is actually Alex Raytses.  Which photos do you think I stole?   Any reference to back up your claims would be appreciated.  Thanks

  3. Daniela, 
    Clearly you did not read what I wrote. I’m not Alex Raytses.  And I asked which photos do not belong to him? If you are going to make accusations please back them up with proof. 

  4.  is there a reason i should be telling you what you already know, or are you going to play ignorant, or pretend to be innocent?  Read what i wrote: “not about to prove anything to anyone”.  We both know what we know – period.  end of story. 

  5. Unfortunately, you may HAVE to prove something to everybody if you choose to continue making claims.
    In relevant part:
    “The four (4) categories of slander that are actionable per se are (i) accusing someone of a crime; (ii) alleging that someone has a foul or loathsome disease; (iii) adversely reflecting on a person’s fitness to conduct their business or trade; and (iv) imputing serious sexual misconduct. Here again, the plaintiff need only prove that someone had published the statement to any third party. No proof of special damages is required.”

    Since Mr. Raytses is a photographer, “adversely reflecting on a person’s fitness to conduct their business or trade” seems to apply well.

    See also:

  6. When you make an accusation, such as yours, it is up to YOU to provide the evidence that his photos are “stolen.”
    Until such proof is offered, you are the one who is libelous and should be ashamed.


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