I went up to Fort Tryon Park today. I hadn’t been there since after the big February snow and it seemed time. I spent an hour wandering and being particularly uninspired by what I was shooting. The blossoming trees and little birds were nice but…A result, I think, of way too little sleep over the past few days, which has led to way too much unproductive thinking about the past, present and future.
The Park was beautiful but, once again everything was grey and it was sprinkling a little bit and my camera and I were not in sync. The George Washington Bridge always inspires me and even it was doing bupkis for me.
Then I came around a corner and saw Luis Clemente De La Cruz.
We started speaking as I shot the bridge. He is a gentleman from Elmhurst, New York who, if I understood the story correctly, frequently has his picture taken. He told me that he has received pictures from California and even Japan.
“The postman said to me, Luis, I did not know that you were so important that you would get mail from Japan.”
He asked me if I would take his picture and send him a print. I said, “I thought you would never ask.”
To all who celebrate: Happy Passover!