26 October 2015
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I am slow to re-enter my home life after a four-day trip to one of my favorite places to visit, especially family and friends. Truly, it was days and nights filled with the exceptional. New York is a city that offers the most sophisticated of our visual culture, and that’s just a beginning of its gems.
In the Lens section are two examples of how the city embraces your presence and gives you much to ponder. At times it seems to boast, but it’s just its way. It means to be bold and seductive and tranquilizing and tantalizing, and provoke you all at once. In its intensity it energizes and frazzles you.
You are helpless to ignore its kaleidoscopic panorama of the imaginable and unimaginable. I’ve been on retreat or vacationing there my entire life, and I will never ever see all that I want to experience. New York is complicated and the quintessential “I’ve got it all” urban center.
Graffiti is one of America’s home-grown art forms, which was born on the streets of New York. That legacy has never dissipated and continues stronger than ever today. It gives public spaces a sense that the people’s voices are present, and being heard through a vibrant language called visual art.
The city is a sanctuary that reveals its creative legacy over time. While NYC has imprinted itself upon the world, it also imprints itself upon each of its visitors and definitely on its residents. It’s a symbol of the yin/yang of the human condition, it’s beauty and its possibilities as well as abilities to create havoc on ourselves and others.
On my last day there as I strolled toward Washington Square, a protest against police terror in the city and organized by RiseUp was to occur in a few hours. And in the distance the Freedom Tower was standing with graceful dignity, gleaming majesty and its symbolism of human nature.
Tip of the Week:
Graffiti—street art—has mostly been considered a form of “outsider” art, which is more often found in an urban area. But it can be seen wherever a wall or surface has enough space for the artist to complete the mission. Graffiti has a long history, but today’s proliferation hails from the 1970s and 80s. Young New York kids delivered passionate messages that covered boxcars and exterior walls. The explosion of graffiti in New York City quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a provocative and thought-provoking public art. PBS NewsHour produced an online video that captures the back story of this art form. To view “The History of American Graffiti From Subway Car to Gallery” by Saskia De Melker (first shown 31 March 2011; 7.23 minutes) click here. It’s worth watching.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.