A group created an intimate and personal area of couches and chairs for “free conversation.” Anyone could sit down and have a chat with a new found conversationalist. The idea of having an actual conversation with a person, in person, seems so 2005. Although the idea was for “free conversation,” organizers did live tweet and have a facebook page. Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, NYC. October 2013.
In continuing my retro move back to film, I set a goal to shoot one roll in one day. The day started with a quick run into NYC for a photo walk. It's always great to go into the city, eat a street hot dog, walk around central park and window shop. Having grown up in a rural upstate NY community and lived mostly in the country prior to relocating to LI, going into NYC is always exciting, like going to the summer carnival. I finished the roll at dusk at the 180 degree opposite of the hustling street, at the quietness of the Fire Island National Seashore. To go from a world city to a deserted beach in the same day, and have dinner at home, makes the South Shore of Long Island a great place to call home. Hey upstate friends, come on down, the water's warm!
As the days are getting shorter and sun setting lower, it’s creating spectacular colorful sunsets. A sole surfcaster is fishing for the seasonal run of striped bass. Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island, NY.
Each Fall, striped bass run along the coastal shore line of Long Island. Fishermen from across Long Island and the tri-state area make on early morning trek to their favorite beach, rock jetties and outcroppings to cast for the fish. The surf casting rod and reel are designed to cast far out into the breakers, withstand the harsh salt water and be strong enough to bring in a fish that is known for its fight. Occasionally a fly fisherman can be found conducting a well balanced ballet of casting with one hand and arm in pursuit of the striped bass. The fish are most active around dawn, and after the sun is up and the well into the morning, the opportunity to catch is diminished. As the sole surf caster that caught a fish said, "If you're getting out here now, you might as well go back to the diner for breakfast..." It was only 8:30 am. The early bird gets the worm, and the early surf caster gets the bass.
The Fire Island Lighthouse Museum is open year round. Many only consider visiting Robert Moses State Park Beach in the summer time, but the colder weather months offers as much, or more to see. The boardwalk is less crowded, there are migratory birds throughout the low coastal brush and the the beach has surf casters fishing for Fall striped bass.
Bought a role of film and spent Saturday in Central Park. Going back to the future with film was fun. The process of knowing I only had 24 exposures slowed me down and not immediately looking at the camera's display instilled a sense of mystery as to whether I got the photo or not? Leica M7, 50 mm Sumicron and Kodak Film.
Wedged between the Dyer Avenue underpass and a high rise on 34th Street is Alice’s Garden. This small alleyway was cleaned and tended to by a women named Alice that lived across the street for many years. After she died, a group of neighbors formed a community group to continue and maintain the garden. Neighborhood residences can pay $2 a year for a key to access the small garden and tend to their own plants and flowers. Members of the garden also volunteer time to have the garden open to the public and provide tours for local school children. In the expansive concrete and steel of the city, there is a small place that feels far away.
Walker Beach, located in the Village of Brightwaters, along the Great South Bay.
Warm and breezy October morning at Gilgo Beach.
Heckscher State Park, New York.
Windsurfers catching the preceding winds of a storm front moving across Long Island. The public sailing launch at Heckscher Park draws windsurfers from across the tri-state region. The Great South Bay provides excellent windsurfing with its warmer shallow waters, sandy beach and easy access.
With the water temperatures dropping and entering the start of the Fall fishing season, the Saturday morning “Dawn Patrol” of surfers is being replaced with the surfcasters.
Lifeguard boat at Robert Moses State Park, NY.
4x4 truck caught fire on the beach at Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island, NY. West Islip Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.
With its lake front streets, village marina and bay front beaches, the Village of Brightwaters is a very unique and picturesque coastal community.
For me, one of the greatest rewards to living in a small village is the ability to get up in morning and head to my local bakery or deli for a fresh cup of coffee, pick up the paper and catch up with a neighbor or two. This morning, instead of driving my car the 3/4th mile, I rode my bike.
In slowing down to a morning cruise in the open air, instead of driving slightly faster than the posted 15 mph encased in my car, I saw hundreds of village residents that were each centenarians.
What struck me was how many of the village streets were lined with old trees creating a beautiful canopy of green. Yes, I knew there were tree lined streets. It wasn’t until I slowed down, got out of my car, that I could truly see how the trees and their growth gave character to my small community.
Across two bridges, and between the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is Fire Island. Although heavily traveled by beach-goers and summer vacationers, Robert Moses State Park and the adjoining Fire Island National Seashore offers a view of coastal wildlife. Sea birds are often and easily seen, as deer are, but the real excitement was spotting a pair of foxes playing and resting in the low coastal brush.
It’s a rare sight in the suburban landscape of Long Island, NY, to see wildlife being wild. Throughout the streets, cul de sacs and parkways, there is evidence of fauna as either the occasional road kill, or a fast fleeing sight of the occasional raccoon or feral cat. There is one place that perhaps could be considered the last remaining habitat for wildlife in its original natural surroundings. Within the Fire Island National Seashore and the complimentary Robert Moses State Park upon any given walk, a chance to see coastal fauna. The beach is far from untouched by the thousands of visitors each week, but at dusk when the day trippers pack their coolers up, the local deer, rabbits, foxes and selection of water birds come out.
Hurricane Sandy washed away almost all boardwalks through the National Seashore. The section from the Field Five to the dirt road is all that’s left. It may be several years before the lost walkways are replaced.