About Gayle Alstrom

I live in Staten Island, New York. My primary interests are the visual arts, religion and philosophy, politics, social issues, nature and a few other things. I have a B.A. in Humanities.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightime

Night Falls on Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York, USA.  

First settled by the Dutch in the 1600’s, Port Richmond is where I live.  Although it’s one of the oldest and poorest communities on Staten Island, it’s not totally uninteresting.  It’s the largest Hispanic community on Staten Island.


Street Art

Street Art on Castleton Avenue at Port Richmond Ave.

Castleton Avenue and Port Richmond Avenue.  The main intersection of Port Richmond.

Castleton Avenue and Port Richmond Avenue. The main intersection of Port Richmond.  5-Eleven Deli on left.  All the other communities on Staten Island have a 7-Eleven, but we only get a 5-Eleven.

5-11 closeup

Peeking in the window of 5-Eleven Deli on Port Richmond Avenue and Castleton Ave.  Very busy all night long.  This photo was taken in the middle of a snow storm.

Toco Truck on Castleton Avenue between Park Ave. and Port Richmond Ave.

Toco Truck on Castleton Avenue between Park Ave. and Port Richmond Ave.

Dominican Beauty Salon

Dominican Beauty Salon on Castleton Avenue.

Influx of Women and Children at the USA’s Southern Border with Mexico

The following expresses my opinion on this matter:

Psalm 82:3-5

Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.

They do not know, nor do they understand.  They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.

(this doesn’t mean only if they are United States citizens, as the Republicans seems to think.)

Hebrews 3:1-3

Let brotherly love continue.  Do not be negligent in showing hospitality, for in doing so some entertained angels without knowing it.  Keep in mind those who are in prison as if you are in prison with them, and the ill-treated as though you are suffering physically yourselves.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra-ordinary

The following are a few photos I took of “The Gates” in Central Park for two weeks in February of 2005. “The Gates” was an installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) of 26 miles of orange fabric gates, as you can see in the photos. These were extra, extra-ordinary. attracting thousands and thousands of visitors from all over the world.

At that time, I was working only a few blocks from Central Park, so I used to go over there early in the mornings before work which gave me good morning light to take photos, like the one used in the header.  There was also much snow during those two weeks which I think also adds something to the photos.


lake (2)

Photo taken early in the morning with the sun coming up in the East and shinning on the orange gates making them especially vivid.


The Gates around the ice-covered pond in Central Park with the Plaza hotel in the background.


This is my swatch (2″x 2″) of the fabric used in “The Gates.”  In Central Park at the commencement of this event, a few young people were handing out swatches, but that stopped after a few days.  Then later, near the end of the two-week event, I saw a young man, who looked like he was selling drugs, but I knew what he was carrying.  He looked like a drug dealer, just loitering about, looking for buyers.  I approached him, and whispered, indiscreetly,  “Do you have a swatch?”  He looked around and pulled one out of his pocket and gave it to me for free.  I got 3 altogether, I think, during the two-week event.



Yours truly in front of one row of gates one evening after work.  Whenever I look at this photo I feel as tired as I felt when the photo was taken.

Matisse’s Cutouts

This video from YouTube and the Tate gallery was so charming I had to put it on here. I love the little girl at the end who says that’s pretty good for an old man. That her grandfather couldn’t do that.

When I look at Matisse’s cutouts, I want to get some paper and try the same technique. Which I think I will as soon as I get through with this post.