February 26, 2009

New York, New York

Through a series of events, I find myself in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn for a couple of days. As is often the case, being in New York City is going to be busy. But it did put me in mind of this set of photographs I created of the city: New York Life: 1,000 Pictures of New York City - a set on Flickr

Beginning in early October of 2001 and ending at around ten in the evening of November 9, 2002, I kept a detailed photographic record of what we were like and how we lived in New York in that shaky first year of our unsought new era. During those months I took over 23,000 photographs in all the areas and neighborhoods and places in which I found myself, night and day. Of these I destroyed most. In the end, I kept about 5,000 that struck me as worth preserving for one reason or another.

To show you, to make you see, what I saw during my walks around New York City in those months, would take a thousand images and an iron constitution. And so I selected them and I've put them HERE . I've selected thousand images because they seem, in aggregate, to give a reasonable impression of my last days in New York, the city I had lived in and loved for the better part of 30 years.

The Flicker Set is HERE.

Posted by Vanderleun at February 26, 2009 6:50 AM
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Makes me regret that I've never 'done' New York.

Very nice. Photos and prose.

Hard to pick a favorite.

I had to share the Mammogram Machine with my husband. His specialty is breast imaging.

Would you mind if his weird colleagues share the titter? I know they're going to want to have a copy beside their monitors.

Posted by: Cathy at February 26, 2009 4:01 PM

I loved these:
"Father and Son"
"Tank Tops" (looks like the set from a movie)
and "The Tanks" and "Tank Town"
"Signboard" with reflection of church windows
"Hamlet's Garage" pretty bricks
"Ready" (do NOT tell a New York fireman that he cannot "In God We Trust"

Posted by: Deborah at February 27, 2009 12:12 PM

Nice shot of Sam's. But the barrel distortion is terrible- distracting. You can fix this in Photoshop.

Posted by: Kim at February 27, 2009 11:33 PM