April 28, 2010. Was somebody thinking, "I couldn't find any paper, so I left you a message on a wall where we were supposed to meet." Imagine finding this thousands of years from now on the off-chance that one of these doomsday movies is correct and NYC becomes reforested, overrun with exotic animals - NYC petroglyphs. The drive for expression is just so strong. In the City, we can't always find a tree to carve a name in, people adapt, and the building owners have left it - for now.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
April 24, 2010. A beautiful spring day in the City. Cool, bright and warm in the sun, chilly in the shade. These purple tulips hem the walkway - to hide behind - if you are intent on doing so, or to bask in their glory. They stand tall and beautiful, and passing children want to pick them. Parents have to explain that they cannot and should enjoy them as they are.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
April 18, 2010. Sometimes I go to places and I have no idea where I am. And then I see these things that might be artistically haphazard, were probably designed by what was needed engineering-wise, but then present these intricate images depending on where you are standing. The slow, lazy arc of the tracks stretching into the distance, crossed so decisively by the track in the foreground. It may not add to the warm feeling of the community around it, but it adds to the urban landscape that brings its own beauty to our City.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
April 11, 2010. I don't know how this is done, but I love the chalky white background of these post poster surfaces. The dark sweeps of the roller cross the surface to provide a background for the swatches of purple that start and end the frame. Did someone do this on the run - a sort of kamikaze approach to this subway art? I don't know how long it will stay, but I want to enjoy it while it is there.
April 10, 2010. A beautiful day in the neighborhood and the trees are in full bloom. The ornamentals are just that, showy, full and brilliant in their artifice. You can't help but look, to marvel at their fullness, their color, their contrast. How much are people just like this. One big difference is trees don't ask you 'what are you looking at?' They just quietly let you look, knowing that they were bred to look like this.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
April 8, 2010. I finally got out of the office for a little walk-about. Around one of the office buildings are numerous planters filled to bursting with these beautiful purple tulips. They are a wonderful sight on streets that can look a little haggard and worn in the bright sunlight.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
April 3, 2010. Walking, just walking. And then I came to this familiar spot just north of Columbus Circle. I didn't expect the reflections in the background, nor the long narrow band reflections, and I tried to leave out the garbage receptacle. But it is what it is and it is what our eyes see, all of it, what we want and what we don't want. It can also be so selective, but we always see all of it, the sight just doesn't register.