Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Bomb

The Bomb Shelter, a 12,000 square foot "retro superstore", is a true playground for those who love vintage-everything and eclectic-anything.  You don't have to be an avid collector, you can just go for the nostalgic ride back in time.  I could live here and be very very happy.  It helps that the owners are sweet and welcoming.  The place is neat and organized.  And the eye candy is endless and tucked away in every tidy nook and cranny.   It's a must go-see-smile.

My purchases, a large 'e' from an abandoned sign that lights up and a vintage leather camera bag.  Love!

Oh, and you never know who you might meet there!  The visit was kicked up a notch when Bebe and the Birdman arrived.  Come on.  It doesn't get any better than that!  Scroll down to see the dynamic duo.

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Michael and The Bomb (not for sale)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sanford Stud Farm

I remember this place as a constant in my history. It was majestic and mysterious and always made me curious about it's past. Now it's surrounded by Walmart and a variety of strip malls. I'm glad someone thought enough of it to try and preserve it's history.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Flight of Stairs

While we were in NYC we walked a portion of the Highline.  The Highline is a public park and walking path made from elevated train tracks rescued from demolition.  The views, design and landscaping are amazing!  You really get a different perspective of the city.  It's amazing how a shift in your position can change your viewpoint.  A step to the left or right.  A look over your shoulder.  A flight of stairs up.  And your world can actually expand in extraordinary ways.
The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Reflections of Reflections

A week ago I had the opportunity to spend a day in NYC.  It was a whirlwind visit but well worth getting up super early and arriving home late.  Part of the day was spent at the 9/11 Memorial.  As you would expect, it was moving and beautiful.  I was very pleased to see the design was calmingly simple.  The mood of the crowd was respectful and the sun was shining without interruption from fussy clouds.   There were lots of terrific reflections from the pools and from the surrounding glass sheathed buildings.  They reflected each other perfectly. Reflections of reflections. Which, I'm sure, was all part of the plan but it's still a wonder and a marvel to me. And now I'll have a different visual of this place.  Not that the other visuals will ever leave me, I still have difficulty watching those hideous images.  I will never forget them.  But at least now there is another picture and another memory to soften those edges just a tiny bit.  I really never thought anything could take even a small bite out of that event.  The reflections of this place aren't entirely ugly anymore.  They mirror back the lives that were lost, hopefully bringing our focus back to where it belongs.

The nearly 3,000 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.  The display of these names is the very heart of the Memorial. The design of the names parapet provides a direct relationship between the visitor, the names, and the water, allowing for a feeling of quiet reverence between the visitor and the Memorial.  Names are stencil-cut into the parapets, allowing visitors to look through the names at the water, and to create paper impressions or rubbings of individual names. At night, light shines up through the voids created by each letter of a name. 

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Friday, January 6, 2012


All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Happy New Year!  I've been spending extended time in New York State visiting family and friends and even though I haven't been sharing much here lately I've still been shooting while I enjoyed the holidays.  I look forward to sharing some of my wanderings with you.  

This set of photos is from a recent tour of the New York State Capitol building and the current roof and skylight restoration project. My friend, Jim Jamieson, is the Capitol Architect and he allowed me to tag along with him and the architectural photographer, Andre, as he documented some of the recent progress.  Andre works for the construction photography firm Bernstein Associates.  The project, originally scheduled for 14 years and 48.7 million dollars, will be completing later this year earlier than planned and under budget. This was an honor and an amazing adventure! A giant thanks to Jim for the opportunity!

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