Today’s headline refers both to the pictures I am about to post and this post itself. This post bears no resemblance to what I intended to put up today but a combination of computer issues, the world choosing to get in the way of my posting, and I am sorely afraid the loss of 200+ images from this evening has made it necessary. When I choose not to post one day it will be because I choose it not because it is forced on me. – End of rant.
I was in Chinatown yesterday and saw these. I think they fit the definition of tacky, don’t you?
As I wrote on 4/21, Saturday, April 20th, was New York Cares Day Spring 2013. One of the places I shot was the William A. Harris Garden at 153rd Street and St Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. It is a great little community garden and I strongly recommend visiting. I was lucky enough to meet Lori Harris who seems to dedicate every free moment to the garden. If you are lucky she might be there when you come by!
Ms. Lori Harris and friends
After I finished shooting there I took a long walk over the Macombs Dam Bridge and back then down to The Hudson via 155th St (pictures to follow in the near future) and quite by accident stumbled upon another New York Cares work site. Well, there were 70 + after all. Here are a few pictures from that scene.
Dig we must
HR at work
Christopher Street Subway Station
Okaaaay. Today’s question class…South Carolina or New York?
What can you say about a state that wants to uphold traditional marriage (2006 amended the State Constitution to prohibit gay marriage and civil unions) and stop politicians from wasting the taxpayers $ and then turns around and nominates Mark Sanford for Congress? A man who wasted how much taxpayer money? To make it even better, as he accepted the nomination he spoke movingly about his god and his fiancée (formerly mistress) both being proudly behind him – it is true that we could see her. Mr Sanford still holds the record for largest ethics fine in SC history.
On the other hand what can you say about a collection of goofballs who make The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight look like brainiacs, who get caught giving and taking bribes for the purpose of making the impossible happen? There is no way that Senator Smith was getting the Republican nomination for Mayor unless he bribed the entire voting population. Of course, if we behaved the way the dopes who took the bribes did (endorsing other people), we could take the money and not do what we were bought for.
I’m afraid I have to give the edge to SC. Before you start yelling biased northern judge let me point out the only truly salient fact. SC voted against its own proudly stated religious, moral, and monetary beliefs. NY just elects crooked dunderheads.
I collected on my Christmas present from Katherine this weekend. I have started baking bread, especially sourdough bread, over the past few years so Katherine gifted me with a four-hour class: “The Magic of Wild Yeasts: Sourdough” offered at the King Arthur Baking Education Center in Norwich VT. The class was taught by Amber Eisler, one of their on-staff instructors. She is excellent.
This was a test run to see if I enjoyed the experience and thought it worthwhile. I certainly did. Now we need to decide when to return and take a few weekend classes. (Katherine would obviously take a higher, much higher, level class than I would).
We stayed at the Lake Mourey Resort in Fairlee VT. One of their signature winter offerings is a 4.5 mile skating loop around the lake. Not this weekend (or last, or the one before that…). The ice was unsafe. Open water was actually visible.
I grew up in New England and went skiing in VT and New Hampshire a lot as a kid. I remember January. It was cold, the snow was deep, the rivers and lakes were frozen, ice boats would be out and all in all it was winter wonderland time.
This felt like mid March in New Jersey or downstate New York. There was very little snow on the ground, as noted above, nothing was frozen solidly enough for skating. Does it mean anything? In the short-term, probably not. It will snow in VT. The lakes will freeze at some point this year but long-term?
The climate patterns are changing. Make of that what you will.
From “Ephemeral New York”: A lovely article about and great pictures by photographer, Rebecca Lepkoff
A photographer’s poetic, playful Lower East Side « Ephemeral New York.
I do love what a few simple adjustments of subject and shutter speed can do to an image.
I think my favorite shot of the day…
The Quotidian Hudson sees no way not to re-blog this truly wonderful piece about a very special place on the river…
Vlad, Johna – thank you.
Kayak Camping in the Hudson River Islands State Park.
State Line between NJ and NY looking upriver
You’re always believing ahead of your evidence. What was the evidence I could write a poem? I just believed it. The most creative thing in us is to believe in a thing.
One of the many benefits of The Quotidian Hudson for me is that I use my camera and take pictures everyday. This has forced me to look at the world and really see what is there, to develop a certain type of visual acuity. It also allows the opportunity to fail, to take lousy pictures and share them anyway which does two things. I am much less self-conscious when I show people work and it demonstrates to me how much I have changed over the last 18 months As I have said before I am a better shooter now and images that I think are mediocre today are ones that I would have thought excellent when I started.
One of the downsides of The Quotidian Hudson is that I take pictures everyday (I have already shot over 12000 images in 2012) and don’t give myself the time to slow down and contemplate the image, to work them and live with them and really see what develops. That is not to say I shoot, publish, and forget. I do spend time with certain pictures but that is outside the blog and is done after I have finished the daily shoot and post. I am contemplating a change of direction…
Today started the 2nd weekend of the Digital 1 Intensive class at ICP. Irina Rozovsky is teaching the class. Her monograph One to Nothing was just published. I really recommend it to your attention.
Irina used part of the morning to show images. She spent a good amount of time on Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt, talking about “The Decisive Moment” She also spoke about William Eggleston and the development of color photography. This inspired the two images below (see paragraph two).
If you visit New York this summer the website below has lots of information about things to do on and along the Hudson River from the city up to Lake Tear In The Clouds. Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
“Every person on the streets of New York is a type. The city is one big theater where everyone is on display” – Jerry Rubin
Can you tell the tourists from the locals?