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Fifth After Midnight: THE JOURNEY TO ROCKEFELLER CENTER

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on December 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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We’ve been slowly strolling down Fifth Avenue towards the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  Within 10 blocks, there is truly a vast array of architecture, culture and history.  People from all over the country work together to light up this space for pure enjoyment [and a little bit of commerce].  Some displays will become historic, some displays are historic.

No matter the origins or point of view, this is New York City-we are expected to push the envelope.

As I mentioned in the FENDI article, this series is a result of my curiosity to uncover the “behind the scenes” of the Rock Center Tree.  That chapter dear reader, will unfold at another time.

As the season comes to a close and the ball drops to begin the New Year, may you have a joyous celebration and a FABULOUS 2015!

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

 

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Fifth After Midnight: POLO/RALPH LAUREN

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on December 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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1:44am on Monday November 10 the window designers were busy building the holiday displays at POLO/Ralph Lauren.  This store is on the corner of 55th Street at 5th Avenue with 2 windows facing 5th.  The window closest to East 55th Street seemed to involve the most effort.

 

When I returned on the 14th, the North window was completed.  The scene was set for a Nordic Photo Shoot.

 

 

The South window was taking time, still working out some of the details on the 16th.   On November 23 all was ready.

 

 

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

Procrastinating (or working?)

In NYC History, nyc photographer on June 11, 2014 at 12:34 am

The summer solstice is soon upon us.  That means it’s time for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

In celebration, I decided to put together a special project.  Going through my archives of photo’s from the parades of years past, I discovered some pictures I haven’t looked at for quite some time.

Instead of working on the project (with a very short window to make it for Saturday, June 21), I edited my feathered friend below.

So while you wait for my next production, enjoy the company of the “un-official” New York City bird.

We spent an afternoon together watching the East River; her friends and the nearby sea gulls were investigating every movement on and off-shore for the food options of the day.

Me, I just sat with my old Leica M4 and Kodi George by my side waiting to see what would pass us by.

 

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Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

 

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.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

July 4th, NYC Style

In NYC History, NYC Today on July 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  “Summer in the city…”

It is also the day that I kick back and see the world in a different way.  It’s a day I seriously “people watch” as you will find many wonderful things going on all around you.

Children acting without a care in the world-just relishing the  joy of being a child.  Families laughing, playing games, having picnics together.

It is also a day for hot dog lovers.  Enter Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.

Last 4th of July, I braved the beaches and crowds of Coney Island.  Little did I know what lie ahead.  I parked myself on a bench and watched through my camera lens.  Fascinating. But then again, people watching always is….

I then ventured down to the waters edge.  And walked toward the main beach.  As I got closer and closer, the density of sun worshipers increased.  It seriously reminded me of being on the 6 train during rush hour.

Children and adults alike, did not seemed phased one bit.  Instead they were having a heck of a time rubbing suntan lotion on loved ones, digging holes and building sandcastles. Exactly what one does when at the beach.

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Tomorrow, I will probably find myself back at Coney Island once again.  Why not?  It’s how we celebrate July 4th,  New York City Style!

Have a Happy!

 

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

Space Shuttle Enterprise and Kodi George

In NYC History, NYC Today on April 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

As I woke up this morning and began the typical routine, I heard something in the news that took me from a casual approach to the day to the “photographer” mindset that kicks in anytime there is something worth noting.

Brian Lehrer, of WNYC was talking about a historic event going on right at that moment.  The Space Shuttle Enterprise would “fly over” NYC as it makes it’s way to JFK Airport.   [Early summer it will be transported to its final home at the The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.]  It would fly over the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge and then circle around Queens.

Do I run across town?  Do I dash out of the house without walking Kodi?

I let a few minutes pass for logic and reality to set in.  If I were to get anything of value, there should have been a bit more planning on my part.  So I got myself and puppy dog dressed for our walk.  I took my trusty iPhone with me to document this historic flight, hoping I would be able to catch a glimpse from the East River.

As a few of us gathered at the corner of the East 78th Street Footbridge, we discovered the flight pattern and that from our vantage point the Shuttle would be crossing by the Triborough Bridge.  As we waited, Kodi also made a few new friends.  It was a joyful morning!

The Shuttle flew over at approximately 11:10am.  It was a beautiful site.  The sky was bright blue with just the right amount of clouds.  The Shuttle shimmered in the sunlight.  What I saw with my eyes was amazing.

I’ve attached a few links to close ups.  As you can see, I was a bit too far to get the details of the flight.  But I share with you what I saw, to give you a sense of the spectacle of these few historic moments.

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

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!®

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! ®

Inspiration in the most Unexpected Places

In NYC Today on April 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

On February 13th as I was walking to the subway, I noticed a message written on a discarded futon mattress:  “become your dream”.  (It was trash day…)  My first thought was that a college student was creative and upon moving left a final thought.

Crossing over First Avenue in another pile of trash I saw the same message written on a discarded box:  “become your dream”.  The message began to resonate-it was powerful.

As I crossed Second Avenue I wondered where the message would surface on this block.  I was not disappointed.

Today on April 13, (uncanny that it’s the same date 2 months later) walking by my local ice cream shop Sedutto, I saw the words “become your dream” on the base of their front counter.  I had to go in.  The manager stated the artist was “James De La Vega,  a well known street artist“.  A very simple message that has created a movement throughout the world.

You just never know where inspiration will be found!

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! ®