Saturday, October 25, 2008

An Almost Retro Friday


For some reason, when I got home yesterday and looked at my photos I discovered a sort of melancholy yellowish-gray tinge to them.
Here a building on 18th Street and 7th Avenue that was probably built in the 30's of the last century.



A nice bulky truck - the very apotheosis of truckness.



It is always nice to have lunch here.
The Union Square Cafe gets it exactly right.
It's very understated.



When I next go there, I will wear this dress from Anthropologie in these very weird colors.



For some reason Tudor-revival small paned windows make me feel slightly sad. They are redolent of teashops in the 1950's.
A musty odor of violets.

25 comments:

  1. Hello Elizabeth,

    Your City photos continue to delight! Of course, I always immediately think ... where did she see that? Because you are so inventive in your observing, often I have to puzzle it out for a while ... and then ... Oh, yes, that's where that is.

    It is grand having time off. Lunching with friends, having leisurely walks, and even getting the watercolors out.

    Love all the comments about the Palin phenomenon.

    xo

    xo

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  2. what a very nice feeling from these...especially the very pretty dress!

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  3. Hello,

    I just stumbled across your blog. I love your photo's and one day hope to visit New York.

    Btw that dress in the window is beautiful.

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  4. you really are an artist with your camera...loved the dress in the window and it would look lovely on you. xK

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  5. I love that slightly poignant feeling that your last picture evokes.

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  6. Hello Elizabeth! I have really enjoyed your New York blog, living as I do deep in the English countryside - it is another world. Love your photographs too - they really bring tiny snippets of New York alive. Came to visit via Janice'sblog. What a super way to find new, exciting blogs.

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  7. Here I am, land-locked in Minnesota, wishing I could give it all up for a life in New York. Alas, all I can have are occasional visits to the city I love. Thankfully you share it with me so I can pretend I'm out of my sidewalk-lacking suburb. Love your site!

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  8. Oh, you are right. Very beautifully retro! I adore the photo of the set table. I should illustrate Ina Garten's next cookbook, don't you think??

    And, don't you just adore Anthropologie dresses??

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  9. Ah, what a great series of photos! I love the melancholy atmosphere. And the dress is so lovely!

    Thank you for stopping by, D'ora is very well, she is just lying beside me in her dog basket, looking attentively in the direction of the kitchen where I can hear my husband cutting something with a knife (FOOD!!!), and suddenly she leaves her basket heading for the kitchen, the food seems to be ready now :)
    What a voracious pet!

    Have a nice weekend, Elizabeth!

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  10. Your photos are wonderful, Elizabeth. I especially like table at the Union Square Cafe, and the dress from Anthropologie would be perfect!

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  11. You cover so much territory! And I suppose that I mean "territory" in several senses. First of all, you really seem to get around NY and its environs. Secondly, your pictures have such a breadth of subject matter and mood. Your retro pictures have a special shimmer to them.

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  12. I came here from your Shadow Shot list, but I don't think this post is it. Nevertheless, there are lovely shadows in all of your pictures. I'll come back to see if you post another.

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  13. Such a delightful series of photos Elizabeth - am enjoying seeing New York through your eyes. Love the processing in these soft shots.

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  14. Yes...almost retro. I would love to have lunch in that understated cafe.

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  15. Like 'bobbie' said, I wasn't sure if these were your shadow pics, so I don't know whether to copy/save these ones for SSS collages? Even though they have lovely shadows in them! Beautiful photos, & that yellow truck is so cute! I'll pop back in again later in case these are not the pics intended for SSS :)

    Oh & your link wasn't working in Mr Linky (you added an extra backslash) so I deleted it & added it again. All good now! Hope you are enjoying your weekend Elizabeth :)

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  16. Love the Art Deco building....very fun shadow & architecture! So lovely to have you take all of these pic's of NY.....!
    Karla & Karrie

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  17. Oh goodness, goodness. Am I ever City hungry now. Beautiful shadow shots darling.

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  18. Many beautiful shots on your blog. I tend to like the simpler ones, am a bit confused by the ones with reflections. The billowy clouds, boats on rippley water, a pretty dress. But a lovely group, thanks for posting.

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  19. I know I saw my Mother in that dress, back in the day...love the colors.

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  20. Amazing shots! Dramatic... love the lunch table.

    A delightful shots & enjoy your SSS

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  21. Hello Elisabeth, tahnk you so much for visiting my blog, I like New York though your eyes, I've never been there, maybe next year, I hope, will come back to see you, have a nice sunday.

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  22. Hello Elizabeth, not quite sure how I missed that you are back in NY... wonderful photos as ever :)
    All bests to you
    Rima

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  23. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment. When I stayed in New York (unfortunately only for two weeks) I was fascinated by the impressions of contrasts and differences which this unforgetable City left to me. And your "retro" pictures exactly show one of these aspects. Great snapshots!
    Barbara

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  24. I htink the yellowish tinge of your photos was from the very pretty autumnal light we've been getting altely. There is something about the slant of the sun this time of the year which gives everything a glow.

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