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A Fall Art Show in The Rockaways

In historic places, NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm

As mentioned in an earlier posting, I spent a good part of the summer exploring The Rockaways.

While roaming through Fort Tilden, I discovered the Rockaway Artists Alliance.

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This organization has 2 beautiful studios here, where they hold a variety of events throughout the year.

I was asked to participate in their exhibit “ArtSplash” with 4 of my fine art prints.  The show runs through October 13, 2013.

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Until next time.


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This is HUGE (at least for me…)

In historic places, NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Over the past few years I have volunteered at ICP. I find teaching teenagers through the Teen Academy program most interesting-these young people continue to amaze me with their creativity.

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As my relationship with the school grows, the continued networking with the educational staff stretches me artistically demanding a higher level of performance as a photographer.

On August 8, 2013 I received an email from the Coordinator of Community Programs at ICP regarding an exhibit that would coincide with the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) would be pulling images exclusively from open calls for this show; they extended the offering to the ICP educational staff. Since I had images from the storm, I submitted to the call with no expectations. [I have submitted too many times to count to a variety of shows in the past and been “kindly” turned down, but continued with optimism that this time would be different…]

On August 16 I received an email with the subject Hurricane Sandy Exhibition. As I read the first line in the email, I expected a familiar response just like before. Basically “thanks for submitting, but no thanks…”

Instead this is what it said:

Thank you so much for submitting photographs of Hurricane Sandy in response to the Museum of the City of New York’s open call. I am writing to inform you that your work has been selected for a special preview exhibition, Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, which opens on Governors Island on August 24th.

I was not expecting this. As the words processed in my brain, there were multiple emotions rising to the surface. I couldn’t help laughing, and then I couldn’t help crying. I kept moving around my apartment shouting and balling-my dog Kodi didn’t know what to do.

The joy and relief that if you keep persevering eventually a dream will come true. These few positive words launched a release of emotions that have been building for years-it was exhilarating!!

Saturday I visited the exhibit on Governors Island. It blew me away. Having lived through the storm, photographs of areas hit much harder than my part of town moved me in a way that can only be experienced first hand. The tragedy and the optimism-the human spirit that keeps moving forward.

I saw for the first time in my photography career my name and work projected on a wall over 8 feet tall. That made this all real.

The exhibit RISING WATERS: Images of Hurricane Sandy is on display through September 29, 2013. Please join me at the closing reception September 22, 1-4:00pm. You will be very happy you did.

Until next time.

Teresa, 51art

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Hidden NYC Treasure

In NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Jacob Riis National Park is a hidden jewel in NYC. The beach opens to the Atlantic Ocean. The people of the Rockaways are rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Here is the beauty of their neighborhood.
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Until next time.


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How One Thing Leads to Another….

In historic places, NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Act 1-It was summertime in the NorthEast.  Having grown up on the ocean where I learned how to swim about the same time I learned how to walk, there was a natural pull to the coast as soon as the weather turned warm.  Since a vacation was not in my future this year, being able to “get away” was going to be defined in a new way.

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Act 2-As an artist, the lines between working and relaxing continually blend together as work easily takes over more and more of the day.  To keep working without realizing that time off hasn’t been taken for days, weeks, even months becomes the norm.  Creating something unique and inspiring would (and still does) have all cylinders running-the down time could wait.  I needed to specifically plan time “off” to explore and recharge.

Act 3-Recent articles in the New York Times discussed how certain parts of the city were still having troubles rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.  I had never visited many of these areas and was curious to see these neighborhoods first hand.   A specific article regarding Broad Channel gave me pause; my curiosity was peaked and I needed to explore.

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With all of this turning over in my mind, I consulted google.  I looked for city beaches that would be less crazy; those that would remind me of what I experienced at the Jersey Shore many years ago with my grandparents.  I wanted something I could get to by METRO card, that would bring me to places hard hit by Sandy.

A beach located in Queens that is part of the National Parks System fit the bill.  July 17th I declared my first day of my “ONE DAY OFF A WEEK” project.  I packed my bag with reading material, snacks and water for the day.  And off I went by subway to Jacob Riis Park, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area that includes The Rockaways, Staten Island, and Sandy Hook, NJ.

This first day traveling (about 2hrs) was to get familiar with the trip.  And to jump in the ocean and enjoy a bit of summer.  These beaches have waves that are great for body surfing (if you enjoy that sort of thing…)!

Since then, I have traveled to the Rockaway’s once a week on my “Day Off” to continue the exploration and discovery, getting there a variety of ways.  (Subway, Bus, Bike, Car)

One day I bicycled from Bay Ridge Brooklyn through Coney Island, over the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, into Breezy Point, (a closed community which I find very peculiar for a borough of NYC) and then on to the subway at 116th street (approx 25miles).

One day I explored Fort Tilden, a National Park where it’s beaches are currently closed due to Sandy.  Serious erosion along the shore makes this stretch of beach unsafe, and rumor has it that ammunition from WW2 washed ashore during the storm.  While there I explored the studios of the Rockaway Artist Alliance.  (More to come later regarding this organization.)

One day I took the subway to Broad Channel and biked across the Cross Bay Bridge into the Rockaways riding along the (broken) boardwalk out to Long Island.  On the way back I discovered Boardwalk Bagel at 108th street that makes the best crumb cake, the kind you can only find at the beach.  I ate it on my $2.00 ferry ride back to Wall Street.

These are just some of the hi-lights of what I discovered, and still so much more I haven’t.

There is over 7 miles of beach and boardwalk that opens to the Atlantic Ocean.  And then there is all of Jamaica Bay.  This is New York City.

The NYC Parks Department manages most of the area, and the balance is maintained by the National Parks Service. Filled with rich history, lots of natural wildlife, and miles and miles of area to explore, I am blown away that this is still NYC.  I can travel with $2.50 for the subway ride and a whole lot of curiosity.  This is why I love this town!

And the people of this community are working hard to rebuild after Sandy.  As I continue to visit this neighborhood weekly, I am discovering the strength of New York City.  These visits have also given me the basis for my next documentary project.  (Stay tuned…)

Until next time.


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Why Professional Organizations are Good for the Soul

In ny, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I joined the “American Society of Media Photographers” (NYC Chapter-ASMPNY) about 3.5 years ago.  Two years ago, I became the treasurer and board member.

  • Not only does this organization keep photographers aware of the changes in our industry
  • it continues to educate it’s members
  • it advocates for photographers rights
  • it continues to drive the industry standard for artists and clients.

I have been incredibly inspired by what we do for our members, as well as what it has done for me personally.

Within our large chapter, are smaller groups we call “brain-trusts”.  These groups meet monthly.  Some are specialized (e.g. fine art, fashion) and some are general (members shoot all types of work).  These groups allow a safe space for colleagues to get feedback on what they are working on, ask for opinions on how to pursue an idea or project, and a means to hold one accountable for what they will accomplish in the next 30 days.

This group has been the best thing for me as a professional-when you know you have to face these folks and say why you “didn’t” achieve you goal, they give you reasons why you should go on.

Professional photographers for the most part work alone-thoughts are constantly kicking around in ones head.  This group gives the opportunity to share these ideas and make them actionable.  Our network is strong, and the support reaches beyond the meeting for each other throughout our individual journeys.  Our dynamic leader (and talented fashion photographer) Frank Rocco keeps us all focused.  Thank you for that!

One of many discussions at our June meeting was how to get your work seen outside of the Chelsea Galleries.  Susan Farley suggested a place on City Island where she has shown her work from time to time.  I took her suggestion and contacted the gallery.

Ron Terner, an amazing photographer in his own right, started the Focal Point Gallery for artists that were not yet known in the community.  This was perfect.  He accepted one of my fine art images for the July show.

I’ve now shown multiple pieces over the past three months.  It’s a wonderful space.  Each month he holds an opening party for the gallery; the most recent opening was Friday September 6.  The work will be up all month.

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It’s really a treat to visit the space.  And after you view the artwork, you can dine on some local seafood.  Enjoy the show!

Until next time.


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