Friday, April 18, 2008

Random pictures

I have been taking pictures here and there, not really focused on any particular idea. Things seemed to be heading in a squared off grid direction.

But then I went to Dumbo.

I think I have touched upon my difficulty taking pictures in Dumbo. It is almost as if the neighborhood is oriented strangely so the light hits it at the wrong angle. It has gentrified so quickly that the streets are almost soulless, maybe the rattling traffic from the bridge overhead adds to the confusion.I wandered into Empire State Park by the river. There were a few signs; "No Dogs, No Bicycles", "Enter And Exit At Same Place", "Keep Off Rocks", and a grumpy looking park ranger to enforce the rules. But there is a little strip of sand past the forbidden rocks. The East River is a tidal estuary, there is always a faint scent of the ocean near the banks.

Facing the river are old warehouses. One of them has the roof and doors removed. It is popular with wedding parties. I have never been able to get a good picture of the space. The warehouse next to it was sprouting some intrepid weeds.

The opposite side of the building has some scaffolding that pretty much blocked off the sidewalk. This did not stop the wheat paste artists and taggers from climbing over it.

The white streak on the tag is sunlight. It was coming through the scaffolding in bright beams, curving with the arched brick.

It was some fine sunlight.

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