For some time now I have been following Broken Light: A Photography Collective.
Today, The Accidental Cootchie Mama got all directive in her blog and told her readers to connect with the blogger who commented above them. To say I am not in that kind of mood is an understatement. But, I am not really as misanthropic as that may sound, so I decided that rather than my meeting someone new, I would introduce you to someone new. Broken Light seemed the right blog to point to. I strongly suggest you wander over to their site (follow the link at top of page) and check out the work.
The simplest explanation the Collective gives of itself is:
“We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!”
They do not limit the contributors to those who are specifically diagnosed with an illness, they also have contributors who work in the field or who have affected family members. People of all levels from beginner to top professionals have submitted work since I have been following the blog. I really believe that it is worth your attention.
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
This quote opens the chapter called “Into The Fourth Dimension” from Alexandra Horowitz‘ lovely new book On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes. This is a book for anyone and everyone but I do strongly recommend it for visual artists, especially photographers, and writers. Simply put, the book details Horowitz’ walks “around the block” with eleven people with various areas of expertise. Geology, typography, naturalist, toddler all present her with an astonishingly different view of the world. I spent five hours in the “Genius Bar” at the Apple store today and was able to do a lot of reading. I know I came out seeing the world differently. Sadly five hours with Apple means no hours with camera. So, here is one more shot from my walk yesterday. This is for my cousin Stephanie.
The river roads collect the tolls
for the passage of our souls
through silence, over woods, through flowers and snow
and past the George Washington Bridge,
down from the trails of Breakneck Ridge,
the river’s ancient path is sacred and slow
click on any picture to get a full size view strip
Just discovered this contest Capture The Colour which ends today.
The colours (or colors on this side of the pond) requested are: Red; Green; Blue; Yellow and White (the anti-color). A few of these may be familiar to some of you.
The Little Red Lighthouse
Green – Champlain Canal Lock # 5
Blue – Duck Pond, Wellfleet MA
Yellow – Creek to Hudson River, Nyack NY
White – The trail between Inwood Hills park and The George Washington Bridge
A further request is that you invite five fellow bloggers to submit. Several bloggers I would have chosen have already been picked. Several others are on the other side of the world where it is already the 10th.
Yi-Ching Lin Photography
Photography Journal Blog (Amy Maranto)
Leanne Cole Photography - This may very well be too late but you should check out her blog anyway
Jean’s Photography Blog
This is my second go at Ailsa’s theme of Relaxing. I do hope you check out her blog “Where’s my backpack?. She is an inveterate traveler and has seen some amazing views. My first attempt is here.
Now some of you may think I am nuts but I find it very relaxing to go up on the George Washington Bridge: the northern crossroads from New England to the mid-Atlantic; The Cross Bronx Expressway; I-95 and look at the river and listen to the traffic go by (sometimes) or not go by (rush hour).
Anyway, I took this picture a few minutes before the shot that was exhibited at Photoville. I shot this from the bike and pedestrian way leading up to the Bridge.
Here are a few new arrivals with their interpretations.
Travel Theme: Relaxing | Rant and Roam
Relaxing: Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme | The Rider
Travel theme: Relaxing | The Plexi Pixie
Travel Theme: Relaxing | tahira’s shenanigans
Travel Theme: Relaxation | travelling bag
Travel theme: Relaxing | Sonel’s Corner
Travel Theme: Relaxing | Geophilia Photography
Before heading out to Jackson Heights Saturday afternoon, I spent the morning in the Bronx, the Riverdale section to be precise. There is only one authorized way to get to the river in the Bronx, that I am aware of, and I was not near it so over the tracks I went.
It was a beautiful morning…
A piece of train?
Looking south to the city
Bird thought bubble: “I’ll eat you if I’m able.”
Da train, boss. Da train.
Okay. WordPress tag suggestions for this post include Anthony Weiner? Cognitive dissonance.
I took a long walk in Inwood Hills Park today. I frequently go there when I want to be as alone as you can be in public in NYC. There are a number of nooks and crannies you can find where you can spend a few minutes without seeing or hearing anyone. You can do the same by staying in your apartment or closing your office door but it just doesn’t feel the same.
This fellow was my only companion for 5 or 10 minutes
I spent a lot of my time contemplating the bridges in the hood.
The Henry Hudson Bridge
The Amtrak Swing Bridge
The George Washington Bridge
I had intended to walk down to the GWB on this old beat pathway on the outskirts of Fort Washington park…but
It is closed for construction. In reality I know that this is good for the neighborhood and the city but it’s another of my wild places that will be tamed and gone.
Did you ever wonder what would happen to a Peep in a microwave. No? Neither had I but it came up last night, so…
Poor little purple duck.
“He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.”
On Sunday, Katherine and I went up to The Cloisters. It is a beautiful Medieval Museum – an annex of the Met.
It is located in Fort Tryon Park north of The George Washington Bridge. It has great views of the Hudson as well.
It is filled with European religious art, primarily 12th to 15th century.
Katherine really enjoyed the Buddha look of this Madonna and Child.
We started with Dante. How can we not end with souls being tormented in Hell?
Someone finally caught me yesterday. It had been so long that I thought I was free and clear and no one would ever notice or find out.
No matter where I am: at the river; in NYC; in Mexico; The Caribbean; or Boston; I always tag my posts with the Hudson River and almost always with New York City. No one ever commented on that until yesterday when yi-ching lin (a photographer with a truly remarkable eye, please check out her work); “caught” me.
I have thought about that; the question of tags, what they represent, what they are for, the blog protocol that “controls” them…but no one ever gave me the manual.
I started this as a blog about the river and, to a lesser extent, the city and even when I expanded the scope I realized that is what this blog is always about. One way or another everything I do with this blog, and photograph for the blog, is part of an ongoing internal conversation about the meaning of the river and the city to me, to my family, and hopefully to you, my readers.
So, I will continue to tag the river and the city. Perhaps when I hit 1000 posts (222 to go) I will change that…but I don’t think so.
Meanwhile in honor of my muse(s).
The walkway over the Amtrak tracks which takes you from the river to 155th Street
My favorite Manhattan upriver view
It has the GW, Little Red, a piece of the Palisades and directly above Little Red, the abandoned power station in Yonkers (the small white building)- bonus point for the barge.
It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood…It’s actually a grayout not a whiteout but…
Approaching the George Washington Bridge
Entrance to Narnia? Moria? London 1888?
The Little Red Lighthouse
Look up in the sky – What! I can’t see sh**
Pigeons -178th Street
125th Street: Seagull feeding time
“There’s A High Flying Bird”