Caught Playing!

Yes, I have been blessed to have traveled a good bit. Yes, I’ve photographed some wonderful people and sights and even moments in Asia, North Africa and Western Europe. Yet, for all that I’ve seen, the folks met, the monuments both natural and human built, the art and architecture and all those inducements to say “Wow!”, New York City remains my #1. New York City is my ultimate provocateur, the stimulus more than any other to my appreciation and delight and participation in living. Below is the most recent testimony to this love affair with Gotham. With the exception of Grandson Benny photographed in Connecticut this Christmas morning all the other snaps are of just the plain old stuff available for viewing in everyday Manhattan. The first three were made within minutes and feet of each other. In each case I’ve used post-processing apps to bring to the image that which drew me to make the photo in the first place. The delicacy and strength of an urban tree in the Lower East Side, the collage of reality and reflection found in a pizzeria window, the mind-created drama behind a wine bottle repurposed for water. Shapes, colors, relationships, movement within stillness: for me–somehow–all expressions of love.

 

2nd Av. & Houston Street

 

2nd Av. & Houston: street art artists

 

Mystery pipes at 2nd Av. F subway stop transposed by a screenshot

 

Benny

 

Freddie & Peppers pizzeria with reflections

 

Amsterdam Avenue construction site

 

Scaffolding behind the Beacon Theater

 

#3 train

 

Brookfield Place after a rain

 

Alien space ships from New Jersey invade West Harlem

 

W. 72nd between Broadway & West End Avenue

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Thai restaurant water bottle

 

 

Published in: on December 27, 2018 at 6:43 pm  Comments (15)  

Cousin Ben and a Dozen New City Snaps

Like no other human being I’ve ever met, Cousin Ben Beaton combines the solid with the impish. After years of living in Taipei he now lives in Tel Aviv. Language learning presents no problem to Ben, nor does mastering the intricacies of a culture–all with a twinkle in the eye revealing the everpresent sense of humor that makes him so dear to me. Recently we met at my favorite lunch joint here in NYC. Regardless of how he might have looked to the rest of the world, here’s the Ben I saw:

Ben Beaton…and, yes, his mother loves this snap!

Now for some recent photos made with the iPhone 6, its post-production app, Snapseed and, finally, Picasa on the laptop.

Church of the Latter Day Saints NYC–rain

 

Croatian Church 41st off 9th Av NYC

 

Hudson Yards

 

Amsterdam Avenue Brunch

 

Ghost of Christmas Future–building a Christmas tree stand

 

Central Park South thru the rain-covered bus window

 

St. Patrick’s in the rain thru the same bus window

 

Central Park

 

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree yet again thru the same rain-covered bus window

 

Museum of Jewish Heritage reflections

 

NYC imagine…

 

Battery Park City

 

And a joyous Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali and, of course, New Year 2019!

 

Istravshan Tajikistan

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on December 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm  Comments (14)