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Category Archives: Summer in the City
As we leave August’s summer in the city…I’m heading off to the farm (Virginia) for a couple of weeks…but just had to finish the month by sharing a few captures from Philly’s Naked Bike Ride! So what’s up with the Naked Bike Ride you might ask? Well how about 2,600 cyclists gathered to promote cycling advocacy, raise awareness about fuel consumption and of course to promote a positive body image!
I’ve always wanted to photograph one of these rides, but typically the public is not made aware of the event’s location until the last minute…which means you just have to be at the right place at the right time to view. So imagine my delight when walking out of a Starbucks while in Philadelphia, the riders just happened to be cycling down the street allowing me a few minutes of pure bliss snapping photos!
Now please note, riders were informed if they don’t want someone to film or photograph them, they must print out “This photo was taken without Permission” sign attached to their bike or body. Funny how I never saw one of those signs! (Note…I did capture some great individual shots, but I’ll be entering a few in a photography contest later in September...and if by chance something comes of it…you’ll be the first to see!)
Don’t know about you, but I’m ready for sweatshirt kind of weather along with the crunch of leaves beneath my feet! More from the farm as we head into September…
Take a couple of hot models and some drawing supplies…toss in a couple of drinks and guess what ya get? Yep, an evening of FUN!
Wouldn’t you know that it all started as a little event in Brooklyn and soon became a full blown movement! Looks like these sketch events are in many cities throughout the U.S. and in London, Tokyo, Rome and Melbourne and perhaps others by now…So check it out in your city, I promise you a fun time!
At Dr. Sketchy’s Philadelphia we were entertained by two fabulous drag queens… Anita Manhattan (how appropriate!) and The Notorious OMG. Both were so much fun and trust me, even if you can’t draw (like me!) you’ll have a blast. I sure did!
Looking for a unique Philadelphia destination? Head to the famous South Street and check out the Magic Gardens created by visionary and award-winning mosaic mural artist Isaiah Zagar. I just couldn’t get over how Philly has embraced the arts and certainly Zagar has been instrumental in helping to create this city into a thriving creative community it is today.
The garden includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block. Thousands of glittering mirrors, hand-made tiles, folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles to name a few. As you make your way through the maze there are a number of sightings of Zagar’s personal experiences. I’ll leave it at that…you can find that out when you visit!
As you walk along South Street mosaic tile work is everywhere including the building that houses Zagar’s studio. And guess who just happened to be working with a bunch of students that afternoon? Yep, Mr. Zagar himself. What a treat to meet him and chat with him and his students. A character in his day – no doubt – and dearly loved by his students as they continued to mention how giving he was of the information he’d learned about the process over the years. This is a must-see while in Philly!
Coming up…a session at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School with two of the foxiest drag performers in Philly and the infamous Naked Bike Ride! (and no…I didn’t partake in the ride…but trust me…it’s on the bucket list so one day it’ll happen!)
Summer isn’t summer until you meet up with a few thousands other kindred spirits in Central Park for a picnic and a movie!
Oh, and did I mention FREE?
God I love this city! AND this movie!! Too funny!
Tonight? Animal House!
Many times I’ve mentioned SummerStage in my blog…a program in Central Park compliments of the City Parks Foundation..offering free performances throughout the summer months. You know summer has come to an end when the last concerts finished up the season over the weekend. Just had to share some of the diversity between Saturday – Australia day (love my Aussies!) showcasing acts in contemporary music and Sunday – Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with a day of Jamaican reggae music.
The people watching was PHENOMENAL!
A few favorites from down under day…
And the ever so wonderful crowd during the afternoon filled with reggae!
Until next year!!
The visual treasure hunt today is all about water…and there’s no better way to take in the views of the water by taking a long walk on the Westside Greenway – a path about 13 miles from the Staten Island Ferry to the George Washington Bridge all along the Hudson River here in NYC. The USS Intrepid is just one of the many treats you’ll see along the way!
Today’s photography prompt brought to you by the Shutter Sisters in Elevate the Everyday…
So today’s theme from the Shutter Sisters is something green…well I looked and I looked in NYC and all I could find? A little background greenery. Enjoy the summer heat!
Nothing screams Summer in the City than Summer Streets in NYC! Always look forward to August, as three consecutive Saturdays with nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, walk, and bike beginning on Park Avenue as far north as Central Park down south to the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. One huge block party with people watching galore!
Chatted with these fellas who were walking to the court house to get married! How cool is that?
Yep, people watching at its finest…these guys were looking quite dapper on their morning stroll!
Good times and the day was BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy the weekend!
Perfect timing for Bella’s 52 Photos Project this week! Her theme…On the Streets!
Remember the days of the Polaroid? How sad that in 2008 production stopped on all instant film. But with the Impossible Project to the rescue, the company bought the production machinery from Polaroid (located in the Netherlands) and today it produces new instant film products for use in existing Polaroid cameras. There’s an office in Tokyo, Paris, Vienna and guess where else? Yep, my city. Right in the heart of Soho…can you imagine calling this place your “work?”
I sooooo want a Polaroid!!
*Summer in the City…Loving the prompts by the Shutter Sisters in Elevate the Everyday…