Wednesday, May 23, 2012
South Street Seaport in Black and White
In fulfillment of last week's promise of another post in which images take center stage, here are highlights from the second roll of film I shot on a recent rainy day in New York City. As you may recall from my last post, I spent the morning at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden trying to protect my Holga camera and myself from a steady rain, results of which you see above. By the time I was back in Manhattan, there was nothing to do but to retreat indoors for lunch at one of my favorite sanctuaries, New Zealand cuisine restaurant Nelson Blue.
I passed the time waiting for the weather to improve with the unbearable sacrifice of consuming three glasses of red wine and a large plate of grilled lamb chops. To my mixed relief and regret, the rain stopped.
It was still cloudy outside, but I decided to set aside my preference for stark contrasts of black and white in high sun and go for as many shades of gray as I could find. Looking up....
...and looking down. Then I headed over from the sidestreets to the waterfront itself and was thrilled to find a picturesque sailing vessel seemingly waiting for me to arrive and take its picture.
First the wide shot....
...then the profile. Ships at the seaport are not necessarily the most original of subjects, but I for one will never tire of them. At this point the rain returned in the form of a misty drizzle highly appropriate to such a romantic maritime setting.
I was just getting ready to dash to the subway before the next downpour when I spotted this view and could not resist.
And then, another. I don't know what it is about a rainy day when there are few or no people around - inanimate objects seem to be having silent conversations only I can hear.
The best part of this photo for me is the sign reading "Prohibited on Pier : Bicycles - Rollerblades - Skateboards." Even better if the other two outlaws had somehow also been in the frame! I hope you all enjoyed this little vacation slideshow. I'll be back next week with news about some new items I'll be offering for sale, and the redesigned image shop where you'll be able to find them! Until then, wishing everyone a good week and for those of you in the U.S., a long, relaxing, fun Memorial Day Weekend.