I went to an all day seminar on Photoshop at the Javits Center today. The Javits is New York’s convention center and it is one of the more unloved buildings in the city. It is way too small to be a convention center in a city of 8 million people, one of whose major industries is tourism. It is unattractive, badly designed and not well staffed. It is on 12th Avenue and overlooks The Hudson River.
The seminar was good and when we broke for lunch I figured I would wander the center and find some interesting angles to shoot the river. Get a new perspective on my old friend. After wandering for about 20 minutes and asking several staff, it turned out that there was only one place in the entire building that had a river view you did not need to pay for and it was covered with screens.
Sigh. I walked the block to the river to eat my dirty dog and commune with the water.
And here is a link to pictures of Andra’s Natchez Trace walk today. http://andrawatkins.tumblr.com/post/78593437727/to-live-forever-an-afterlife-journey-of
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Leonardo Da Vinci
“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?”
Ailsa and The Weekly Photo Challenge folk sometimes run along very parallel tracks. This week Ailsa picked the theme of ‘ancient’ and the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘abandoned’. Kinda the way I’m feeling tonight…
The first choice fits ancient a bit more than abandoned but both fit. This is the old Roman Cistern in Istanbul.
Of this next photograph, nothing exists any more except the mindsets of the glorious leaders who produce it. The Berlin Wall
Before I close with other folk’s variations on these themes a SHOUTOUT to my friend, Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama, who begins her 444 mile walk of The Natchez Trace (which is also ancient if not abandoned) tomorrow morning in support of her new book
I may be breaking the embargo on publicizing this by four or so hours but I don’t care. It is a hell of a book which you should read immediately and a hell of an adventure she is about to embark upon.
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