I took a side trip to East Kingston today. While I was walking down a trail by the river -
I turned around. Behind me on my left I saw this.
and behind me on my right, I saw this.
“`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains.”
All colors made me happy: even gray.
My eyes were such that literally they
Took photographs. Whenever I’d permit,
Or, with a silent shiver, order it,
Whatever in my field of vision dwelt–
An indoor scene, hickory leaves, the svelte
Stilettos of a frozen stillicide–
Was printed on my eyelids’ nether side
Where it would tarry for an hour or two,
And while this lasted all I had to do
Was close my eyes to reproduce the leaves,
Or indoor scene, or trophies of the eaves.
I took my first pass at this weeks Travel Theme: color here. I thought I should take another run and go in a completely different direction. If you have been reading the Quotidian Hudson for a while you know that I am a fan of graffiti and have a love of 5Pointz.
Here are a few tiny examples of the work there.
and here are a few other views…
There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
My “Fine Art Digital Printing 1″ class ended Thursday. It was extremely informative and a great class. Not only did we deal with the print process and preparing images for the printer as opposed to the screen but it was also a good intensive Photoshop review. I came out with 4 images that I think made absolutely fantastic prints.
However, what I am going to show today is the before and after of several images that did not (yet) make it to the printer. One because of the amount of class time available for printing, one that may be good to go but I need to sleep on it and one that I am not sure should be printed.
I realize that this could probably work as a Travel Theme (Smoke and Mirrors this week) or a Weekly Photo Challenge (A Day In My Life) but I am saving up for those..
In no particular order – here we go. Lets start with the problem child. Can you tell which of these is the original? Would you print any of them?
Again I will not say which is the original and which is the “printable” version.
Image the last. What do you think?
Long time readers of the QH may remember my visit to the abandoned Glenwood Power Station in Yonkers (Star date 11-14-11).
I had been meaning to go back for some time but kept putting it off until I read that Westchester County had given Yonkers a grant to explore the possibility of developing the property.
I hesitated a few days too long…When I arrived yesterday crews were hard at work ripping the interior apart. There is a great deal of beautiful art work – aka graffiti – being demolished in the process. There is great skepticism in Yonkers that this project will ever get off the ground and anger over the tax breaks the developers will get. Yonkers is a struggling city with a small tax base and the citizens are not thrilled at giving their money away to a profit-making enterprise.
It surprised me just how much seeing this changed my mood. When I arrived I was feeling good. By the time I left I was, I don’t know, somewhere between depressed and pissed off.
If you want to see a piece of what the interior looked like check out the link to my 11-14-11 post. This is what I saw yesterday.
Graffiti – soon to be gone
Out with the old
State Line between NJ and NY looking upriver
If you’re old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends.
We borrowed David and Jenna’s car to pick Abigail up from Putney. The Graciemobile simply isn’t large enough for the three of us and all a teenagers stuff. This is across the street from the garage.
The picture below is from the first day I tested the idea of Quotidian Hudson and if I would actually be able to do what I wanted.
July 1, the start of the 2nd half of the year…
and day 3 of the Long Birthday Weekend. We went down to the Lower East Side to check out some Chinese places that Katherine wanted to try. Luckily the thermometers down there said it was only 105 so walking around on the streets with no shade was easy enough. Not too many people on the streets and those that were seemed to want to head inside…
But before eating we had to hit The Harry Zarin Company to get a chair reupholstering project going.
Then off we went…Sun Ming Jan is a Chinese meat curing establishment…
Sun Ming Jan, Inc
Always lots of history to see on the streets down here…
7/1/11 The First Walking Woman
I was never able to get her story and she stopped coming around about 3 weeks later.
I believe this is the first time I have posted three times in one day. Do I have anything left to say? Not really. Suffice it to say for no reason at all I decided to head over to Flatbush and Nevins around BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) and do some shooting.
This way to the Brooklyn Bridge
One of my favorite “eye of god” pictures
Ailsa’s - Where’s my backpack? – Travel Theme of the week is Secret Places.
One of my favorite places in the five boroughs is 5Pointz. It is a worldwide graffiti mecca that has been in existence since 1993, I believe. The work on display there is incredible. The building covers a full city block near PS1 and just off the 7 train line. However, if you want to see it you may need to move fast. Currently this 8th wonder of the world is scheduled for demolition – Landmark set to be demolished – in 2013 in favor of yet more upscale condos …just what New York is begging for…
If you live in NYC, please contact any and all of your local politicians to see if they will commit to help save 5Pointz!
It feels like it has been months since I have been on the Hudson north of 125th Street so I decided to rectify that today. My initial plan was to head up to Inwood and Inwood Hill Park but I realized that I did not have the time and so scaled back and went up to the 158th Street entrance to The Greenway. (click images to enlarge)
I started down the ramp and when I got to the bottom, I looked east
over the Amtrak right-of-way.
I then walked down to the river across the basketball courts and looked north.
It was a bright, mostly sunny day.
Then I pivoted and looked south.
Or was it an overcast day with high UV index?
I strolled south and then took a shot to the west to New Jersey.
As I mentioned in the post of June 9th, we were discussing Cartier-Bresson‘s Decisive Moment.
This was as close as I came today. The legs went in the air, the tugboat cleared the frame, the pigeon flew into the shot, and my finger pushed the shutter.
I continued south until I came to 125th Street where I took the 1 train. While waiting for it to arrive I looked NW back to the river and realized that I had the perfect shot to use as a tribute to Jade Doskow‘s Urban Utopias class that ends tomorrow. I looked out over Qzymandias’ construction site (or is it Columbia University’s construction site?) I always get the two confused.