September 23, 2016
Train In/Out: Milford, CT
Miles walked: 4.6
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with m.Zuiko 17mm f1.8, m.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO
Magic Monday on a Friday this week so that I could attend Photoville in Brooklyn. They've been doing Photoville for 5 years now, this was my first visit. They use shipping containers as venues for hundreds of photography exhibits. They also have panels, presentations and evening activities. Since I don't live in the city, all I could do on my visit was sit in on a panel talk and peruse the exhibits for an hour or so. I totally miscalculated how long it would take me to get to Brooklyn and back so unfortunately I didn't really give myself enough time for the day. And a newbie I am not! Tsk tsk.
View of the Chrysler Building and a very cool building across the street from it. I wish I was a bird with a camera so I didn't have to shoot "up" at these weird angles.
This is a hill. In Manhattan. Took me 37 weeks to find one, albeit "hill" is a bit of an exaggeration. ;)
I decided to take the East River Ferry to DUMBO. I was making my way to the ferry which is fairly close to the U.N. Building. The General Assembly was in session and there were police EVERYWHERE. And lots of these signs.
I loved the birdie footprints!
The buildings in this area remind me a lot of the buildings on the Yale campus in New Haven, CT.
They make hero sandwiches but I loved how they decorated for 9/11. Beautiful.
Do you ever feel like a speck in the universe? I do (fairly often, actually). Anyway, I spotted this tiny bug making his way along the sidewalk. He made me smile...all alone in the big city, so tiny and fragile.
Speaking of feeling like a speck, check out this website app sometime! Talk about actually confirming that we are smaller than specks in the universe: Scale of the Universe 2
Welcome to Interesting things...
You might have guessed that I'm on the ferry now...
The Williamsburg Bridge. The last time I was on it, I got very aggressively hassled by a guy on a bike. Not my fondest 52 Magic Monday memory.
For some reason I love shots under a bridge. Bridges feel so oppressive in a way.
View of Brooklyn from the ferry.
Manhattan Bridge. It might be my favorite bridge in the city. I will make my final determination at the end of the project. :)
I've arrived in DUMBO and found Photoville which takes place under the Brooklyn Bridge.
I'm going to share some images of images! A few that struck a chord with me. Really loved the guy's floating head in this one.
I definitely wanted to see this exhibit, showing some of the work Bill Cunningham did for The New York Times. He was a street photographer who photographed and wrote a column on fashion in New York, basically what the trends were. If you like documentaries about interesting / quirky people, check out "Bill Cunningham New York" on Hulu. It's very entertaining, as was Bill! He led an interesting life. Maybe a little sad because, in my opinion, he likely supressed a very large part of himself, at least that was the impression the documentary left with me. I wish I would have met him in person.
Here is the trailer for the Bill Cunningham New York documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqiLJBXbss
And if you choose to watch the documentary, you will then understand how special this blue jacket is. :)
Because I would like to write a book for 52 Magic Mondays, I always enjoy taking a peek at what others have done with books. I looked up this author, Rick Schatzberg. Definitely check out his website, there is something very special about his images. The quality is amazing...all I can say is that his work is smooth and surreal. Even pictures of the mundane are fascinating. He has a gift.
General view of what the Photoville exhibit area looks like.
LOVE the quote!
I would add that I would love to see more "happy journalism" and happy images. I sometimes question my work for this project...will it ever gain in popularity since it's not full of dark, deep, depressing scenes. For some reason it feels like dark and depressing always takes the prize. And yet, despite what the news tells us, the world is the least violent it has ever been in modern times. (true statistic!)
My favorite image of the day. I think what I like is how existing art can be made into new art (by me!).
I told you, Photoville is UNDER the Brooklyn Bridge! :)
Powerful (but dark/sad)...
This exhibit covered the topic of Ebola. More dark/sad.
So that was my brief time at Photoville. Since I had someone picking me up from the train at 5pm today, I couldn't stay longer. I also needed to find the subway station in Brooklyn. I had yet to do that on a 52 Magic Monday, usually I hike across the Brooklyn Bridge and then take the subway up from City Hall. Today I was determined to find the station.
I liked the welding sparks.
Please take a moment to admire Mr. Pigeon who I timed pretty darn well for a moment I wasn't expecting!
This is the Bankruptcy Court building in Brooklyn. Welcome to my "Isn't it ironic..." page. :)
Borough Hall. And yay! The subway station. It's actually a decent walk from DUMBO up to here, probably almost a mile.
And that's a wrap on Photoville 2016. Next week, once again, will not be on a Monday (hey, I can break the rules once in a while). Going with some photography friends back to Harlem to explore another part of that area on Thursday.
Until the next Magic Monday!