Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday/Finally

The studio windowsill about 4pm.
Paper piled on the radiator and the blind pulled
down against the too-hot summer light.

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This photo is by the amazing photographer Susanna Gordon.
I'm doing a post and book giveaway in conjunction with her

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mirrors and Yellow Shirts

ABC Carpet is a positive gloryhole of almost antiques, ethnic items, jewels -- mirrors with the silvering coming off -- in fact everything you dream of in a Haversham-ish sort of way. 
One would need all sorts of  Victorian cabin trunks and other sorts of luggage to
cart it all away to one's mythical mansion.

This mirror is outside the changing rooms in the new Anthropologie
in Chelsea Market. Sort of monochrome shabby-chic elegance.

Yellow seems to be the color of the moment. It matches the taxis.
Here a character in Chelsea barber checks his messages before the shop opens.

Yellow shoes too! Coffee and carbs on the corner of 23rd Street and 9th Avenue.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Waiting for Their Morning Walk/Shadowshotsunday

These characters usually live over on Buster's blog but 
the shadows and color contrasts were rather fun.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Constance's Birthday

Constance was one of my first blogging friends --then real life friends.
Help celebrate her birthday today by visiting her lovely site

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Little Garden Survives/Shadowshot Sunday

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A little jaded and worse for wear but still there............

in spite of taxis and garbage and everything else........

Luis Lujan's garden (25th Street and 9th Avenue) had a pretty rough week.
It was pretty much dug up when they redid the concrete surround.
But with care and attention it has rebounded.

my main blog is now here

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Museum of Natural History

A perfect choice for a rainy day. The place was positively seething with camp groups and tourists and New Yorkers.........

The African lions look so noble and regal. I think the male lion looks a little like Buster .....

The shell-man in a sort of burqua -- so utterly, mind-spinningly bizarre.
Can he really be called 'Mo' as his tie suggests?
 And his chum the straw-man (to his right) whose name we will have to imagine......

                                       So much to ponder and photograph.....

My mother-in-law once had a hat exactly like this one, but we lent it to Evan
 one Halloween and it hasn't
 been seen since.  I've  never had nearly so splendid to attach to my chin.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chelsea Angles

New York is such a vertical city that much of my time is spent looking either upwards or downwards.
Here a nice dramatic, stormy sky over the High Line.

Here looking down on 14th Street from the new Standard Hotel
 -- a mecca for hipsters. Definitely not recommended for those
  put off by large doses of snarky attitude.

Joe Pie weed, that usually loves growing in swamps, seems pretty cheerful on the elevated tracks.

Reya often takes pictures of reflections in cars. It works best when the cars are super clean. Here is 24th Street looking askew.

This blog is all about New York, but I sometimes long for England. My list of wonderful English bloggers is long, but when I want to relish English design/illustration at its best I go to Valerie Greeley's Acornmoon. She has kindly mentioned me in a recent post.
You can see how her world is so very different from mine. This is the joy of blogging, I think, that we can have glimpses into other people's worlds. Some thumb nails of her world below.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Norwegian Epic Arrives in Chelsea

I love the little red tug boat

The Norwegian Epic sailing up the Hudson in exactly the same place as the famous airplane drifted down.....
It had just crossed the Atlantic for the first time. I was standing waving like mad but don't think my brother and his wife could see me and the dog!