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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! ®

The Elephants Come to Town

In NYC History, NYC Today on March 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

As a photographer, I look for new ways to document New York City life.  To discover moments that may be overlooked as we hurry along with our days; to share the unexpected.  Tonight was one of those occasions.

A year ago in March there was a news story that intrigued me.  Every year, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey marches their elephants through the city streets when the circus comes to town.  Since elephants don’t usually wander around Manhattan, I knew this was a spectacle that needed to be photographed.  Planning a year out, I put this on my calendar to get the details.  In February I contacted customer service. They told me “The elephant walk is scheduled for Monday, March 22 @ 11:59 PM”.

I tried to gather information from past events, but very little existed.  The Mommy Poppins Blog had a possible explanation/origin of this walk:  “the circus elephants can’t go up the Penn Station escalators, they need to get off the circus train a stop early in Queens and walk through the Mid-Town Tunnel, and straight across Manhattan to Madison Square Garden”.

So based on this information (or lack thereof) I envisioned a slow moving, large animal procession that would last at least 30 minutes.  I prepared my two camera’s and waited on 34th Street near the tunnel exit.

It was a rainy night, so from time to time a downpour would break up the waiting/anticipation.  There were a few people in the crowd that had contacts on the Queens side and were giving status reports of the elephant progression through the tunnel.

About 1:00am the Elephants Came to Town!  There were 6 baby elephants with their handlers that moved like horses trotting down the lane.  It took me a moment to realize that what I expected to happen and what actually happened were two very different things.   The shot I was dreaming about, planning for days was not going to happen!

The elephants were followed by a group of small circus ponies and then some bicycle riding clowns.  POOF! it was over.  In less than 5 minutes the circus passed me by…

Aside from the long wait in the rain, it was a great experience.  Next year I will know better, and be ready for those quick moving pachyderms.

Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

March 17, 2011:  Due to construction at MSG, the circus will not be in NYC this year.

New York City Life Along the East River

In NYC Today on September 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

As with most of us, the details of our surroundings are taken for granted until we are ready to see them.  As a NYC photographer, I am fortunate to live on the East River.  Each day I try to appreciate the wonder before mStone House on Roosevelt Islande.  My view across to Roosevelt Island is not as exciting as the view back (where the residents see the NYC skyline), but I actually love watching the activity on and off the water.  There is a little stone house across the way and seems lost among the new buildings.  I wonder what its story is, how does it fit into the fabric of New York City history.  And more than once after a summer shower,  I have seen a rainbow end at this cottage.  Could there be a pot of gold?  Could the Wizard live there?  These pictures of landscape are magical!

The East River CurrentAs you discovered in the “East River Mystery” , the river is salt water.  Depending on which direction the wind blows it actually smells like the beach.  And just like the ocean, the water can be active or calm depending on the storms and the tides.

On a daily basis there are many pleasure crafts, barges, tugboats and working vessels that sail down to New York Harbor and back.   On this particular day, I noticed the water was very choppy and the wind was remarkably strong.  The sun was brilliant and reflected off the river back to me like shimmering diamonds.  I wanted to share these images with you so that you too could see what a beautiful, summer day was like on the river here on the East Side of Manhattan-a bit of New York City life.

Circle Line sails down the East River toward the 59th Street Bridge

Activity along the river edge

Each day this vessel sails up and down the river

A view down the river from East 81st Street

81st Street Footbridge

The need for speed

When I came home that night the movement of the river was completely different from the afternoon.  The winds were gone and the surface of the water was still.  I wanted to capture the light reflection just as I did during the day.  The night seems to be a bit more intriguing.   I hope you feel the same.

Night life on the FDR

East River Lights 1

East River Lights 2

East River Lights 3

East River Lights 4

Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®