These are a few of my photos that I took one warm Saturday night in Times Square in winter of 2010 when I had nothing better to do. Times Square has to be one of the most illuminated places on earth.
Resolved: In 2013, I will try to create something new every day, or work toward creating something new (i.e, working on a painting), even if it is only taking one photo or writing a few words. In the act of creating, I am concentrating on the present, and not the past or the future.
Resolved: This year I will be more active and less passive–more work, less TV (yes, I like television).
“Folk Art Landscape” [(2′ x 4′) oil and acrylic on a board] . I found this particle board that was already framed in a trash can. It looked so perfect to paint on that I couldn’t pass it by. This is the picture I painted on it. My dog Mary, who lived with me for 12 years before she died, is in the lower right-hand corner. That is supposed to be corn stalks in back of the house. There’s a man driving the boat, but you have to look really close to see him. I consider my art folk art.
2012 was the year I really discovered Staten Island, where I have lived for almost 30 years, but never really got into exploring much, because Staten Island is so overshadowed by another NYC borough: Manhattan. The lure of Manhattan was the real reason I moved from California to New York, but I settled in the borough that looked the most like California.
From my view, this year was bookended with two tragedies: In January, 2012, was the fire on the corner of my street (Park Avenue and Castleton Avenue in Port Richmond, Staten Island). It was a huge, historic house, built in the early 20th century, that burned half way before the fire was put out by multiple fire companies from Staten Island and Brooklyn. The year primarily ends with another tragedy, Hurricane Sandy, which devastated my former neighborhood of Midland Beach, where I lived for 15 years before moving 3 years ago to Port Richmond. These I think are a few of my best photos from this year:
This was the year I discovered the Greenbelt in Staten Island and how much it has to offer in terms of adventure. Whereas, Manhattan is quintessential urban, Staten Island is quintessential suburbia. I like suburbia, but I also like being only an hour bus ride from the Big Apple.
“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found” – James Russell Lowell
These are two photos I took of the same egret over a pond at Snug Harbor in Staten Island, around 1995, before the days of digital, when I was still taking black and white with a manual camera. I also did my own developing and darkroom printing back then, before the computer took over.
I’m thankful for the beautiful birds that show up every morning to get the food I love to feed them.