Challenge = Connected
2 of the people in this picture have known each other since 1997. Those two have known the other 3 since 2000.
We had a going away party for Caroline and Ben who are off to their first year in college (Wesleyan University and University of Michigan Honors program). Abigail and Eva are starting their sophomore years (Smith and Wesleyan). Noah is a sophomore at Bronx Science. Their friend Edy (SUNY Purchase Honors Program) could not make it since she had just returned to school for her sophomore year – but trust me she was there.
In the interest of full disclosure I must tell you that I shot these photographs Saturday…
I find it serendipitous that the Quotidian Hudson is celebrating its 900th post on the day of my wedding anniversary.
Photo Credit Keri Pickett
After finishing up the shoots for New York Cares and walking to the Bronx I headed to The Hudson. I stopped at Trinity Cemetery to pay my respects to James Audubon who is buried in the graveyard at the Church of the Intercession in the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum at 155th Street and Broadway. Then I continued on. The west end of 155th Street splits in two just after Broadway. One part is level and meets Riverside Drive. The other part is one of the steepest hills in Manhattan and goes down to the walkway across the West Side Highway. Kids and Skaters love to hang out there. I have seen people skateboarding there frequently but I had never gone by on one of the first warm spring Saturdays. Below is a slide show. Under that you will find the individual pictures.
“If you cry ”Forward” you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go.
Don’t you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions?”
This week’s Photo Challenge is: Forward.
I took this image on 7/4/09 just before the Wellfleet, MA 4th of July parade began. This is from my (very) brief Norman Rockwell period. It lasted about 12 hours.
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
“Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.”
Today I realized that JFK‘s assassination is more than twice as distant from Abigail as Pearl Harbor was distant from me when I was her age.
And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game
I paid no attention to the weather report when I went out. I didn’t even look up at the sky, just headed down to the park and the river. I had an hour before I had to get to an appointment which seemed like a good amount of time to walk and think and shoot.
Within 10 minutes it started to rain, pretty hard too. I spent most of the next 30 minutes under the canopy of trees with my hoodie up, pulling the camera out every now and then to catch the river through the trees when it looked particularly rambunctious. I got some great shots but all in all I like this one the best which I took before the rain began.
Beacon High (blue) v. LaGuardia High (white)