3-12-13 The Cloistered Life

“He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.”

Dante Alighieri

On Sunday, Katherine and I went up to The Cloisters. It is a beautiful Medieval Museum – an annex of the Met.

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It is located in Fort Tryon Park north of The George Washington Bridge.  It has great views of the Hudson as well.

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It is filled with European religious art, primarily 12th to 15th century.

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Katherine really enjoyed the Buddha look of this Madonna and Child.Cloisters-3

We started with Dante. How can we not end with souls being tormented in Hell?

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12-10-11 Sunset Over The River From Fort Tryon Park

“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”
e.e. cummings

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Today, for the first time since March, I wished I had put my gloves in my camera bag…

9-16-11 September Song (The Heather Garden In Fall)

Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time for the waiting game
Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson


Today I woke up and it was 49F. Even if the Autumnal Equinox is still 8 days away, I think it is safe to say that fall is here.  I headed off intending to go to The Cloisters and shoot from their lovely west facing balcony but I never made it past Fort Tryon Park and The Heather Garden.

So much activity, so much going on. Everybody and everything trying to pack as much living in as they can before deep autumn and the coming of winter.

4-18-11 Luis Clemente De la Cruz @ Fort Tryon Park

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.

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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.”

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To all who celebrate:  Happy Passover!