Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Dance. You can see my first attempt here.
I believe I mentioned last week that I am the teaching assistant for a series of Boro Walks being done at ICP. Saturday was the second walk. Andrew Lichtenstein, a wonderful documentary photographer led this walk. You can see his work here.
The walk was through Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Lots of great photo opportunities there but this post is about dance! Every Saturday (and Sunday I believe) there is a dance party on the Boardwalk. Here are just a few of the dancers.
and just for fun, here is a picture of Andrew leading a discussion on the subway ride out…
Below are links to a few of the many other views of dance. Check them out.
Travel theme: Dance | no step too loose
Dance Three Ways | dadirridreaming
Travel Theme: Dance | Stepping Ways
Travel Theme: Dance | Postcards from
Travel Theme: Light (on Training) | Star and Twinkle
Travel Theme: Dance | Its In The Picture – 365
Dancing with abandon in Sedona | Travel with Intent
Travel Theme: Dance | American Gypsy Gibberish…
I Hope You Dance | The Retiring Sort
Travel theme : Dance | Moments In Your Life
On Sunday I was the Teaching Assistant for a Borough Walk through Chinatown. The photographer leading it was Alan Chin. The man is an amazing fountain of knowledge about Chinatown (and a damn fine photographer – check out his website, here).
We started in Columbus Park and ended up at The Nom Wah Tea Parlor. I have not had time to work on many of the pictures but here is a brief taste.
Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events -
As mentioned yesterday, I am running out 2012 with some of my favorite photographs of the year most of which did not appear in the blog. Coincidentally the theme of the photo challenge this week is: My 2012 In Pictures. Today I am showing some of the people I found interesting this year. – before 7/1/12.
Law Enforcement – Occupy Wall Street – Union Square
Union Square – OWS
OWS – Union Square – April
Model – B&H Fashion Photo Walk – Central Park
Vendor: Wellfleet Flea Market
The Watchers – ICP
The previous two posts – ice skating in Bryant Park and night shots on 34th Street, both took place on 12/17. Tonight’s post does as well. When I arrived at ICP (it was the last night of the Digital 2 class I assisted), there was an event happening on the Plaza. I do not know who sponsored it, it could have been Grace as it is the Grace Building. It could have been HBO as they have a plurality of the space. It could have been the BID (Business Improvement District). The only thing I am sure of is that it was not ICP.
I am pretty sure that whoever put the event on did not expect 50 degrees at 6PM on December 17th in NYC. Thank heavens that global warming and climate change are both myths and/or theories just like evolution.
However, you book an event – you go with the event.
Some really good ice sculptors were at work under the lights.
Each sculptor seemed restricted to one tool. A chain saw, a router, etc. I approve of that. The application of ropes and rules is a great stimulus to creativity.
Today we shot with models in a studio environment. First time for me. I shot Rachel and Jim. It was a great pleasure to work with both of them.
It is spring/summer in NYC which means street fairs are in full bloom. Now in a lot of places, street fairs are pretty exciting things. Bands play, local artisans sell well made crafts, and chefs strut their stuff. They are also exciting affairs in New York if you need cheap tube socks, badly grilled food, underwear and CDs. Almost all of them sell the same stuff, week after week and year after year and they make an ungodly mess of traffic BUT, people love them. Except when it rains I have never seen an empty one.
I am TA’ing an Intensive Digital 1 course at ICP over the next two weekends and we had a street fair on 6th Avenue today. Bad for traffic but great for the folks taking the class. They didn’t have to go looking for subjects. the subjects came to them.
Cinch and Choke
Hudson River Art Trail to Expand…Hudson River Art Trail
I am the TA for a class at ICP entitled Urban Utopias. Today we went to several rather spectacular Community Gardens in the East Village, all in Alphabet City.
Hope you like the view.
Pass me the bottle, pass me the wine,
Open your throttle, and I’ll drive you right out of your mind,
Watching the waves, watching the sky,
I’m just sitting down here by the riverside,
Watching the world going by…
Chris De Burgh
Tonight was the opening of the graduating students exhibit at ICP. Made for a very easy night in the lab as only 2 or 3 people wanted to work. Spent most of the evening telling guests where the restrooms, food, and bar were. With several hundred people there scattered over five or six rooms and two long hallways, a few amusing folk asked me if I knew where “X” was because they were not by their work. My best advice was always the same “go to the bar and hang – they will show up”.
Several of the students I had become friendly with were kind enough to say thank you for your help – I don’t know what I really did for them but be nice and give them equipment but sometimes that is enough – and two were kind enough to bring me a glass of wine.
Spent most of my time at ICP and the rest of the evening following the NY State Senate deliberations on the Gay Marriage bill. At approximately 10:25pm it passed and the Governor signed the bill before Midnight, making New York the largest state in the country to approve Gay Marriage and only the second to do it through the Legislature. I think the Pride Parade Sunday is going to be especially raucous!
The images above and below are two that did not make it to my final decision round for printing for my class but I really like them both.
I really enjoyed my photo class and I wish it was not over. Great teacher (thanks Brad) and great TA ,(thanks Amanda), good people, serious about their work, as fellow students, at a facility that really does care about photography. For the Continuing Ed student I highly recommend International Center of Photography. I hope to take another class come fall.
Several people asked me to report on which pictures got the best feedback from the class. It was varied but these three drew more attention then the rest…
Unfortunately, I had no time to print the following picture which I just love…This is worked harder than most of my pictures. Just as a note everything I do is in Lightroom. Many of my blogger buddies like Kieran over at sumpix are experts at Photoshop but I have never learned it. Too bad for me but you work with the tools you know and I really like Lightroom.
But what has been going on with the river? Well GE has started Phase 2 of their dredging project to remove 40 miles of PCBs …Hudson River Cleanup. (Disclosure – for a brief time in the late 90′s or early oo’s I worked for a company GE bought and then discarded when they realized that they had no idea how to deal with a Hospitality/Tech company).
It is sad what we have done to our water. The thing we truly cannot exist without (other than air and we haven’t exactly been kind to that) is the thing we have most screwed up. When you realize that the Hudson is one of the most (or the most) successful reclamation projects in the history of the world, and yet, even after GE finishes we will still have many miles of PCB infested water and sewage running into the river every time it rains in NYC, … really what exactly are we thinking?
Time – Alan Parsons Project
If you read this blog you know that I am always a day behind, I talk about yesterday as if it were today, today as if it were tomorrow. I assume this is fairly common in Blog world, although no one I follow seems to do this, but I do confuse myself sometimes and can’t quite remember when I am talking about and if something has happened or will happen “tomorrow”.
At those points I feel a bit like Winnie the Pooh: “When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
It was a very long day today. A full day of work followed by 4 hours at ICP. The graduating full time students have their show in 16 days (according to one group I heard) or 18 (according to another group) and are scrambling for lab time. Almost every single open lab slot is booked for the next two weeks.
The students are bargaining with each other, “I will give you my 3 hours on Station 4 if I can have 2 hours on Station 8″ – they are tired enough that the European students have forgotten that we write month first and day second in the US (6/10/11 v 10/6/11) and realize too late that they have reserved on a day they can’t use – there is an air of chaos and really fraught energy filling the air. It is amusing, inspiring, and tiring to observe.
So today, I am looking into the future and linking to an article in tomorrow’s NY Times about further government over reaction on the river… Security checks on the Hudson