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Tag Archives: Hudson River
It was nice to finally get out and enjoy the sun and bike along Manhattan’s Waterfront Greenway. Approaching Battery Park a number of city workers were overseeing a large operation furiously pumping water from the underground subways back into the Hudson River where it belonged. It was a captivating operation and one that required a closer inspection. Amazing, for whatever reason the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial had never caught my attention before. Perhaps it was the water gushing out and a small group of people that had gathered that encouraged a closer look.
Here, sculptor Marisol Escobar, one of the most significant artists of the Pop era and a long-time resident of Greenwich Village, depicts merchant marines on a sinking lifeboat. The scene stopped me dead in my tracks. Not only did the position of the mariner in the water provide emotion to the scene, but the rushing water from the subway system heightened the drama…all a representation of potential rescue or possible loss of lives. The synchronicity of it all took my breath away…
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…
Before leaving for Virginia, I was eager to see the new installation of the large scaled sculptures placed along Riverside South, at the Hudson River, like they did last year. The Art Students League of New York, for the second year, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. A total of eight new sculptures have been placed along the river to be viewed until June of next year. You can learn more about the program and sculptures here.
After returning from my trip, a stroll along the river was in order just to catch my breathe and regroup…and I was immediately drawn to Damien Vera’s sculpture titled Cope. Beautifully written, here’s his inspiration behind his work:
Change is inevitable and necessary for progress and innovation. While we humans are affected greatly by the constant flux in our environment, most of the change in our lives comes from ourselves. A significant part of change is processing the new information presented and adapting to a new situation. Sometimes these events are fortuitous, other times it can be a tremendous personal, emotion, or physical loss. Gain, loss, and adaptation are the very nature of flux. I designed Cope to incorporate this idea with the feelings of solitude and reflection that I sense in the site itself. The monument’s towering pillars evoke these primal elements to create a personal, visceral experience.
How poignant coming off a week of many experiences and emotions!
Happy Fourth of July everyone!
Take a beautiful evening on the Hudson River…
Add an 80-foot, 1890′s-style pilot schooner called the Adirondack….
With a little bubbly of course…
Add some clouds…OK…some big clouds…
Toss in a little rain storm…
And you get one hell-of-an experience and a fantastic rainbow!
FUN! FUN! FUN!
Week six of Bella’s 52 photo projects, looking for light…
Captured on a walk along the Hudson River at sunset…
makes you wonder where these objects came from…
where they’ve been…
just floating along in life…
Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Well NYC will be filled with them this week as it celebrates another year of Fleet Week to honor the sailors and marines who serve our country. Seems this year is even more special as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812! But in all honesty, what always captures my attention is the water show compliments of FDNY!
Last year, without realizing there was such an annual event, I just happened to stumble across the warships as they made their way up the Hudson River towards the George Washington Bridge. (See post here.) This year I was able to witness the parade of tall ships which was just as exciting! Now that I’ve researched further, next year a cruise to witness the entire event up close and personal along side the ships will be on the must-do list!
So much to see and do, so little time!
Tucked away in Harlem, Covo Trattoria and wine bar is housed in an old railroad station under the rumbling Henry Hudson Parkway. An easy 25 minute bike ride from the apartment with nice views of the Hudson River…spring has definitely sprung!
**Will be reporting in from Stockholm, Sweden for the next ten days so stay tuned!**
A year or so ago, Eva Polak’s impressionist photography captured my heart. In our quest for tack sharp photos, often a lack of focus better captures a feeling or experience rather than the reality. At least to a few of us. I realize not everyone likes this type of photography and that’s OK. That’s what makes our art world go round, right?
One afternoon in the quest to learn more, the ICP (International Center of Photography) library here in NYC became my research headquarters to find other photographers who also enjoyed this type of photographic creativity. It was there I “met” Bill Jacobson and Dubi Roman. Between Polak, Roman and Jacobson’s work, their approach mesmerized me, their ability to forget rules and concepts of traditional photography when the right setting would bring about the right opportunity. As Polak mentions…In time and with practice, the technical and creative abilities you develop can ultimately be used intuitively… Oh, how I agree. After playing around (no filters, no computer manipulation) with impressionist photography for over a year now, there’s an intuitive sense when I run across subject matter ripe for this type of capture. I can’t explain it, but once you get it, you got it and you know it when you see it.
I’m curious how you feel about impressionist photography or how some describe as “soft focus” photography?
A few of my favorites captured over the past year….
Junk! An eye sore! Get rid of it!
These words are spoken by many people when you mention the 100 year old transfer station located on the Hudson River on the Upper West Side. A reminder of the past…and that’s exactly what I love about it.
Once a transfer terminal for the New York Central Railroad, it facilitated the movement of freight from railyards to river barges known as “car floats” in the day.
To me, the transfer station in the city equals an old run down barn on a farm in the country or old lighthouses along the coast. Full of history and memories for many…