It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood…It’s actually a grayout not a whiteout but…
Today is mainly about the beast. Part 2 will be about the fog.
It was a truly foggy day yesterday. I went out at 11 and headed for the George Washington Bridge because I thought the river would look romantic and/or spooky from that height through the fog. HA! (Tune in tomorrow for pictures of the white out.)
Then I headed down to 125th Street because I thought it couldn’t be as bad at ground level. While walking on the deserted bike path and looking towards the river I saw my first living creature since I left the environs of Fairway.
Last spring, the cat had a Calico companion. I don’t know if she was in hiding or the street got her.
Katherine and I had ourselves a culture day today. We went to MOMA to see the de Kooning exhibit (200 images). I particularly liked his painting entitled Palisade as it reminded me of shooting the river from the Palisades.
After coming home we hung out for a while and then went with Abigail to see “Hugo”. We all loved it. How often do you get a heartwarming tale about the history of the movies? Amazing images and a lovely movie.
The day started at the 125th Street Subway Station…
In my experience, the 125th Street Station on the 1 Line is the only place on the MTA that you can see the Hudson. I have been there and shot several times already this year but I have always then walked north or south and shot other areas and per my one picture a day preference – violated only 3 times in 58 days- it has lost out every time. Which is strange when I think about it because I am a city guy and this is about as city as a view of the river can get. I love the energy of the city that you can feel from here. Although, admittedly, it feels much more mid-20th Century when the USA built the middle class and got things done than 21st century. Today, I decided to just shoot from the platform and then put the camera away. And that is what I did.
Random thoughts for the day:
The” joke” that describes the USA in March, 2011: A unionized public employee, a member of the tea party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the tea partier and says, “Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”
Jane Russell died less than 24 hours after James Franco.
When I was RIFed from my job (RIF=Reduction In Force – corporate terminology for: “Goodbye, we are not firing you BUT your job…it’s gone”), I was very uncertain of how to occupy my time. I was casting about for something and my wife said: “you are constantly taking pictures, why don’t you just do what you love and shoot”. So I did. I took a class at ICP, to add structure to my thoughts and life, and started to think about what I wanted to shoot. It soon became clear to me that I was drawn to the Hudson River on an almost daily basis. So, I decided that I would shoot the river every day no matter the weather or how I was feeling. Some days, it might be from a distance but I would shoot it everyday. So I have. Today is January 30th. I have been doing this since 1-1-11. I will be posting a picture a day going forward but first I need to catch up and post all of January. I will be doing this tomorrow. The blog will go live on 2/1/11.
Looking for work is a full time job BUT it is just about the most boring and frustrating job you will ever have and you have to have something else. This started as my something else but it has become my passion. The Hudson is a hugely important river in the history of North America, New York and Manhattan, yet most of us who live on the island do not give it a thought. I have been as guilty of this as anyone. Today, January 30th, I planned to go out for 30 minutes – I was on the river for 3 hours. There is always something different to see or a different way to see it.
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