Bridges, I used for this photo essay because I think they symbolize getting away
The 4 Seasons in Staten Island
In response to the Post Weekly photo challenge: Optimistic
Since a snow storm is supposed to happen tonight, I have snow on the brain. These are photos of people showing optimism during a snow storm.
In response to the Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless
The first thing that came to my mind on this subject, and of something that I might have a photo of, was clouds. Especially clouds at sunrise. When it’s a new day and the weight of the world has not yet hit us.
These photos I took on Raritan Bay in Staten Island, NY, where I used to take my dog for walks early in the morning and watch the sun come up.
Since I live alone–but, I have a cat, who claws up my furniture–in a building for seniors only, in Staten Island, yet, my life may not be too adventurous. Like many things I say off the top of my head, that’s not true at all. My life now is more adventurous as it’s ever been. I’m doing more art now than ever before, and making art is the greatest adventure of all. Also living in Staten Island, I’m less than an hour’s bus ride from Manhattan, The Big Apple, the greatest city on earth, which I still find as exciting as when I first moved to New York, 31 years ago. I feel as though I have Manhattan at my feet without having to pay the high prices. Staten Island is so much less expensive than Manhattan it’s ridiculous, but a person can still partake of all that Manhattan has to offer.
New York City is so gigantic that I’m still exploring it and finding new places all the time. I seem to go through different periods, switching from an absorption in nature and the rural part of New York, where there are deer and the like, and the opposite, taking in the big city. NOW, my fascination is with the urban side of New York City, and especially the art world. My first attraction to NYC came when a teenager in Los Angeles, when on my lunch hour, I would go to my highschool library and read about the New York Art Scene in the New York Times.
In response to the Posts Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops! This is supposed to be a photo that was a disaster. Usually my disasters, I delete immediately, but this one (above) I kept after the fact. As soon as I looked at it in my camera, I thought to myself “I think I’ve got a photo to fit the Oops! photo challenge.”
At first, I had no idea what that blurry object is in this photo, but now I can see that a man on a Citi Bike rode by me just as I snapped the photo, which I took to show Santa Claus walking down the street. Also notice the man sitting inside at Starbucks. He looks like his legs are cut off at the ankles. Taken in the East Village. NYC (photo is far more interesting if you click on it to enlarge. You can see the people’s faces.)
Today was SantaCon Day, which occurs every year in NYC around this time. That’s why there’s a Santa Clause in the above photo. People dress up in Santa Costumes and go to bars and goof off. This event began a few years back as a much bigger way with venues in either Central Park or the streets of the West Village, but it’s popularity has really dwindled into just people going to a few bars, that cater to the event, and getting drunk. The event has gotten a lot of bad publicity in recent years because sometimes fights break out with so many people drinking. The day keeps the police busy with a lot of stupid things.
Below are three photos that came out a little better.
Young New Yorkers celebrating the annual SantaCon pub crawl 2015, The East Village. It was so warm today, some people were wearing shorts and tee shirts. I’ve never seen it like this before so close to Christmas in NYC.
Life is a Cabaret on the annual SantaCon day on Broadway in the East Village. K-Mart was selling Santa Hats for $3.00.
In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge
Above photo Hawk in Central Park.