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Celebrating 5 Years

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on June 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thank you to all clients and friends of 51art for an amazing five years!

On New Years Eve sitting along the East River,  a wonderful idea came to me.  This moment would define my new goals for 2011; two projects centering around the activities of the Upper East Side. Both based in photography; both based in community.

-The first is 51art flavor, an online-magazine which brings together food, wine, art, photography-the “flavors” of the neighborhood.  There is so much creative energy in this part of town.  My goal is to bring it together here.  Bernadette who is interning this summer, will be writing fabulous articles about her discoveries.  Check back monthly for updates!

-The second is a project which documents life on and along the East River.  Most recently I’ve had the privilege of working with the men and women who are rebuilding the East 78th Street footbridge.  Rain, snow, heat, these folks are out there everyday making it happen.

I continue to photograph the work of some of the most talented interior designers here in New York City.  Their designs inspire and transform.  Truly amazing.

I have also expanded my photography to portraits and headshots.   Clients include actors, musicians, singers, dancers, business owners and more.

And when there is down time, I work on my fine art b&w’s where this journey began.

Each day for me is full of joy, of passion, of creativity.  I can’t imagine life any other way.

And could not do it without you.

Thank you so much!

Hold true to your passions and great things will come.

-teresa

adventure is life, live it!®

It Happened on 125th Street

In NYC History, NYC Today on August 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

On June 30, 2009 I headed uptown to the NYC Business Solutions Center .  We were a few weeks into our marketing class so I was focused in thought on business as I rode the subway.  Not for a moment did I connect the dots to what had happened five days prior and how it would impact the next few hours of my life.

The class was located a few doors down from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.   As I climbed the stairs from the station to street level, I was hit by a wall of people.  It took a few moments for the activity to resonate and then clarity!  This was a celebration of Michael Jackson’s life.  The sidewalk was packed.  People were lined along the parade barriers on both sides of 125th Street.  Cars were not allowed to pass.  The road was empty except for police in bright orange rain gear monitoring the crowd on either side.  Stores had their doors wide open; mobile music devices were set up everywhere sharing the amazing music of Michael Jackson.  People of all ages were singing and dancing in celebration.

At first I was focused on getting to my class as I was already a few minutes late.  Going against the flow of the crowd was a foolish idea, so I walked east on the south side of the street trying to find where I could cross.  The police would not let anyone through other than the designated openings further down.  So onward I went.

With each step I began to engage more and more with the activity of my surroundings.  The longer I was part of the crowd, the more I felt the energy of the moment.  The life  celebration of such an amazing performer.  And I too began to sing “Billie Jean…”

Events happen throughout NYC every day.  And if you are fortunate to find one, stumble upon one, the experience will match no other.  Being part of this celebration connected me to Michael Jackson on some level knowing that he and his brothers performed right here on this street so many years ago.

This is also the day I came to realize the power of the small camera I carry.  The amazing (in my opinion) iPhone.  A celebration that would never be repeated again.  A celebration that needed to be documented.  A celebration that happened on 125th Street.

Until next time.

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

With Patience & Perseverance, Dreams Do Come True!

In NYC History, NYC Today on April 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Marisha, the absolute Professional you want to help design your wedding invitations!

I have the pleasure to announce a very exciting  partnership.  On April 1, 2010 I met with Jessica Paulen of Judy Paulen Designs.  She is the buyer as well as owner of the stationery shop at the 59th street bloomingdale’s.  I shared with her “aTouchofYellowinNYC”.  She loved the note-cards!  So much so that they are now part of the assortment in her shop.

This is a dream come true!

Here are images of the cards and the shop.  When you are in town, please visit the 6th floor and tell them you are a friend of 51art.


Until next time!

teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

An Eye-Opening Spring Day

In NYC Today on April 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I began this blog as an extension to my stationery line “aTouchofYellowinNYC”. The note-cards are designed to share a bit of what it’s like to live here, a slice of New York City life.  So much happens that if you stand still on a street corner for a minute you will experience something unique, unexpected.  With my designs, the everyday/mundane has a bit of character and a bit of history to give perspective as to why the city is what it is today.  This entry shares what I experienced yesterday while walking my dog.

Our neighborhood is very nice by New York City standards.  The buildings that surround us are quite grand each with their own doormen;  the streets that grid the neighborhood are lined with very regal and very old trees.  We are right on the East River and stroll the promenade each time we take our walks.  Amidst all the landscaped beauty and the well coiffed people that live in this neighborhood, there are some folks that take temporary residence in this part of town.  They are transient folks, nomads that carry their goods on their backs.  These folks most of us refer to as the “homeless”.  They find sanctuary under foot bridges along the rivers’ edge, on stairs at churches and schools, in concealed doorways of darkened buildings.  During the late night hours these folks are sleeping in these places, but during the day what do they do?  Where do they go?  Since most of us are working, that question is not readily answered.  (Unless you ride the subway where entertainment abounds-sing for your supper I suppose…)

Yesterday, my dog Kodi and I had a glorious spring morning greet us.  On our walk, we passed the doormen and maintenance men & women washing their sidewalks.  This daily routine begins on the first warm day in spring and ends on the last warm day in fall.  With so many 2 and 4 legged friends sharing this space, the cleaning is a necessary task.

As we were watching the hose spray in the sun light, trying to avoid getting wet ourselves, I noticed a man walking down toward the river.  He was in the street and had a black suitcase in tow.  This gentleman was graying and I could only guess his age to be mid 50’s to early 60’s.  He stopped at the corner where a puddle of water was gathering from the side walk run off.  Letting go of his bag, he bent down to the street and began scooping the water with his hands, washing them.  It took a moment to realize what he was doing.  Kodi and I kept walking so as not to distract him.  We made the corner and when I turned back, he was gone.  For some reason, this act made me stop and I began to cry.  (Thank goodness for sunglasses!)  I bent down and hugged Kodi trying to shake off my emotion.  Once I was composed, the photographer kicked in.  I wish I had taken the shot of him washing, but in hind site I prefer to keep this man’s dignity.

We take so many things for granted.  This moment helps put things back in to perspective.  Such a basic need as having water to wash your hands becomes a challenge for a street person.  The expression “out of necessity comes invention” was demonstrated at a very rudimentary level.

There is an organization on the Upper East Side that allows individuals who want to improve their circumstances to do just that.  “Ready, Willing & Able” takes folks with the desire to enter back in to society and teaches them the necessary skills to succeed.  The progress is monitored ensuring each individual adheres to the program.  They have a very high success rate.  Please take the time to learn more about this group and do what you can to help.

All our life choices have brought us to this current place in time.  Most of us can navigate through the tough times.  Those that cannot, need to know there are groups that can help.  Empower each individual and watch what happens!

until next time!

teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

Part 2: The Elephants Come to Town

In NYC Today on March 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm

There is a movie called “The Paper” which reminds me of what I experienced this past Monday night while shooting the elephant walk.

The movie is about a typical/hectic day at a New York City newspaper.  Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall are a few actors in this film.  It’s a crazy story, very energized, very funny.  Mainly, there is a battle between two editors vying for a front page story-one wants to go for sensationalism the other wants to run a correct story.

The only staff photographer available to shoot the art for the front page is very new, very green.  She is sent out into the jungle where the seasoned press photographers know how to maneuver for a great shot in less than ideal circumstances.

The exciting part for me is that after she is elbowed and knocked down, she still manages to shoot the action.  When she gets back to the paper and develops the negatives, what she has is a great shot.  She got it!

In my previous entry I mentioned I had two camera’s with me on this rainy Monday night, the night the elephants came to town.  You saw what I was able to capture digitally in The Elephants Come to Town (part 1).  I was hopeful camera 2 (b&w film) would deliver me the shot I really wanted.  When I saw my negatives today I felt like the young photographer in this movie.  I was hopeful that one image on that roll of film would be of the circus elephants.  And there it was, the lead elephant of the procession as it walked into Manhattan.

I GOT the SHOT!

Enjoy.  Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®