7-29-14 River Pool At Beacon – Guest Blog

I am turning the words over to Katherine today…

In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 I participated in the Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim   across the Hudson to raise money for the Beacon River Pool. The Hudson is America’s “first” river and this swim demonstrates that we can clean up the Hudson for the benefit of all. It was an amazing experience – imagine finding yourself in a Hudson River School Painting. It’s ridiculously thrilling. ———————–

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As many of you know, the pool is a creation of the community and Pete Seeger was one of the lead creators. It will be odd to swim this year, the 11th year of the swim, without him leading us all in a rousing version of This Land Is Your Land but that is why I feel that it is even more important that I swim this year. An important part of the community has moved on and we need to help keep the idea and the reality alive.

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As my friend Karen Frillman put it:

“Pete created paths for so many people to walk down. He loved life. He wanted everyone – and that meant anyone- to feel their humanity- to enjoy the pleasure of singing tunes together and better yet with harmony, to eat a home baked strawberry shortcake and in the case of the riverpool, to dip into his beloved Hudson on a hot day and have fun! I feel he reminded me how great it is to be part of something bigger than myself, to get involved, be conscious, don’t say it can’t be done but how can we do it? Pete, you were a great teacher. Thank you.”

So if you want to help out River Pool and continue to support healthy, clean, swimmable Rivers hit the Join Us button RIGHT HERE!. If you are uncomfortable with putting your information out on the net you can certainly send me a check for River Pool that I will bring to the swim. Or if you just want to come out and cheer on the swimmers, join us riverside in Newburgh August 2 around 11:30 for the gathering and 12:30 for splash time!! Thank you in advance and look for Robert’s pictures of the event sometime after August 3rd.

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7-28-14 At Work

First a message from our sponsor:

Soho Photo Gallery: 15 White Street is having a pop-up gallery event with The B&H Event Space this Wednesday (7/30) and Thursday (7/31) from 1pm-6pm. It will show the work of 54 “event spacers” and I have one or two or three pieces in it. The exciting thing is that I won’t know how many until the show opens. Part of the pop-up vibe!  There is a party Thursday evening from 6-8 to celebrate the conclusion of this year-long event. I may not be there since I am booked for a shoot (the freelance life) but go down and celebrate for me – or with me if we break early.

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I am always impressed by the dedication and drive shown by so many young artists who still come to New York City, despite the insane cost of living here, the destruction of the classic “art neighborhoods” in favor of Hedge Fund Condos, and the sheer amount of noise and distraction that stomps their chance of being heard.  They still come and scramble and scrounge and work and work and practice and work to do their work. Last night we took Lynn Seville’s NY at Twilight class to Central Park. At around 9PM on a Sunday night, which is perhaps when the park is at its slowest, a young lady showed up and began to play. Her case was open, she was busking but very few people were going to walk by. She was also rehearsing in one of the truly beautiful spaces in NYC. It looks great and it sounds great. She was an excellent player.

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7-27-14 Travel Theme: Meeting Places

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is meeting places. I am currently TA for Lynn Saville’s New York at Twilight class (Check out her work here).

Two nights ago we went to a classic NYC meeting place:

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Washington Square Park, legendary Greenwich Village Meet up spot.

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Last night we went to a newer meeting spot:

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Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Some other meeting places:

http://eatlesssugaryouresweetenough.com/2014/07/25/yoga-martinis/

http://delsotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/travel-theme-meeting-places/

http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/empathy-of-joy-or-emergency/

http://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/travel-theme-meeting-places/

http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/07/25/cinque-terre-meeting-in-an-italian-paradise/

http://joanfrankham.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/meeting-places-travel-theme/

http://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/travel-theme-meeting-places-hampton-court-maze/

7-26-14: Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

The challenge is something you love. It doesn’t actually have to be anything to do with summer but, why not.  This is from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, a place I truly love.

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Other loves:

http://fakeormistake.net/2014/07/10/summer-levitation/

http://mittenedhands.com/2014/07/25/summer-joy/

http://varietyoflight.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/weekly-photo-challenge-summer-lovin/

http://varietyoflight.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/weekly-photo-challenge-summer-lovin/

http://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2014/07/25/summer-lovin-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/summer-lovin/

http://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/a-yellow-rose/

http://notbikiniready.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/crock-pot-jambalaya/

http://sophiesophrosyne.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/monteriggioni/

http://kleesbutterfly.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/summer-lovin-the-deep-blue-sea/

 

The ices vendor setting up on East 110th Street

Robert S Johnson:

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THose were the days my friend?

Originally posted on Ephemeral New York:

The ices offered by this street vendor are probably not artisanal or organic. But I bet they hit the spot on a hot summer day.

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Photographer John Albok captured the cones and syrups of one man’s cart in East Harlem in 1938, a neighborhood of Italians at the time with a small but growing influx of Hispanics.

The link from the Museum of the City of New York describes them as piraguas—the Puerto Rican treat sold by many vendors today.

[Photo: MCNY Collections Portal]

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7-24-14 – Five Weeks (Who’s Counting)

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

 

I had the chance to go out and shoot Abigail and Lilah for the first time in almost a month today.  We went out to Riverside Park or at least the path outside it. I tried to get them to the river but no luck… We were all a little rusty and we all are a little distracted. We are coming up to the end of this project. In 35 days Lilah leaves for college. In 35 days we take Abigail to college.  I am not very happy with what I shot today but I do think I got a few interesting images. You will be the judge of that…

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7-23-14 Minds Are A Wonderful Thing

 

 

 

 

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The last thing you see at the Garry Winogrand retrospective at The Met where they don’t allow you to take pictures of the exhibition.