If you take a walk through almost any neighborhood in New York City you will see some form of art on display. Because as i've mentioned before humans need to be creative and will find innovative and interesting ways to share and display their skills. From wall posters and advertisements on the sides of buildings to full color murals on brick walls and concrete walkways, if like me you enjoy the work of Graffiti artists, Sidewalk Portrait artists, Sculptors and the like this gallery is for you.
New Yorkers spend so much time with their heads down rushing from place to place or staring at our cell phones that we miss a lot of the beauty of the world around us. Not the obvious things but the hidden beauty of the city.This gallery is my attempt to slow us all down enough for us take the time to look up from our cellphones, raise our heads up and admire some of that hidden beauty.
Jane's Carousel is a classic carousel that was originally built in 1922 and situated in a theme park in Youngstown, Ohio. A New York artist named Jane Walentas bought the carousel in 1984 (hence the name) and spent more than twenty years restoring it in her New York studio. In 2011 she donated the restored Carousel to Brooklyn Bridge park . An area which was developed in large part by her husband David (my guess is that the Walentas are pretty rich huh?), The waterfront park is more widely known as Dumbo park. The acronym Dumbo stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and covers the area between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. In my opinion the carousel is the most interesting feature of the entire waterfront area and after seeing all the craftsmanship and beautiful detail work on a previous visit I really wanted to photograph it on a sunny day. Unfortunately a grown man hanging around a carousel full of children with a camera and no child is not a good idea so I had to kill time walking up and down the waterfront waiting for the carousel to close in order to get some photos of it. My patience paid off and I managed to get some nice shots of the Carousel, the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline against the setting sun.
Have you ever gotten a Snowglobe as a gift? Well anyone who has ever had one knows that from the first time you hold it in your hands until the last time you pick it up, you can't resist the urge to shake it and watch the snow inside swirl around and drift down over whatever scene lies inside. It's like you are holding the world in your hands and making it snow over and over and each time you shake that globe you become perfectly still almost mesmerized as you stare inside it and you don't move until all the snow has fallen. Ever wonder why?