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Me: That’s a lot of trash! My Sister: Yes, look up and see where it comes from.

Good point, Mary.

trash nyc

 

 

 

 

apartment building

Now I get it!

 


Buying Buttons in New York City and Learning of Rumi

This is the story of my seeking special buttons for grandbaby knitting projects, (completed and on the needles) while visiting NYC over Spring break.

My sister guided me to the button store I’d found online.

Oh no, bad news.

We got to the address and there was paper covering the windows and the security grill was down-

CLOSED- 

I can’t tell you how disappointed I felt.

Fortunately,  a man on the sidewalk  saw us staring at the storefront in disbelief and he pointed to the place next door.

Lou Lou Buttons had moved just one number over, due to a malfunction of errant sprinklers and being flooded out. Lou Lou Buttons store Phew!

Turned out it was the store owner, Ross, who invited us into the button store. And I found so many interesting buttons. They are from all over the world, Japan, France…you name it!

He said every Broadway show and  opera production has come to his store to buy buttons for costumes.

I believe it! Some people replace every button on garments they purchase, to improve and upgrade the look.

Here are the buttons I bought

and here is the owner Ross, photographed by my sister Mary. I was in the photo but the image looks better with myself cropped out! IMG_8442     Lou Lou ButtonsI took this one with more buttons in the background to give you the idea of the inventory.

When I asked about the origin of the store name Lou Lou Buttons, turns out Lou Lou is like the Boogeyman, so when a child is called in from playing outside the mother might say, “Come in now, or Lou Lou’s going to get you.”

We heard Ross tell The story of the merchant to whom the parrot gave a message for the parrots of India on the occasion of his going (thither) to trade. by the Persian poet Rumi.  It’s here if you don’t know it. Be sure to scroll down for the translation in English.

It was a day when the universe rhymed- the button store still there (just one door to the lef) cute buttons for the baby sweaters and my sister and I were enthralled as we listened to the wonderful story by Rumi. 

It’s said he’s “the best selling poet in the United States.”

Buying buttons and hearing Ross tell Rumi’s story of the parrot was a New York City experience.

We left his store with a lot more than just buttons.


Elusive Light, How it Changes Everything

New York City- Christopher Street at Greenwich Street

Formerly the Federal Archives Building  built in 1899-  for the history click here

 

 


Photographing People Photographing People Can Be Boring

but I like this picture.  A lot.  It makes me happy.

A man capturing his family group on the benches at Central Park Zoo. I’d just come out of the Penguins.

To me, he looks like a conductor of an orchestra, feeling joy as he views the image of those whom he loves.

Central Park Zoo


#publiceyeNYPL- i am in the public eye

 

 

 

 

 

When my sister took me to see this exhibit, I kept thinking how perfect it would have been for my photography students to see and experience.  There it was, right in the glass case- a print of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.   

Migrant Mother Dorothea Lange

“Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past.”  

-from the New York Public Library Website on Exhibitions.

In the Public EyeI convinced Mary to pose with me under the giant mirror when the crowd was sparse.

Stereogranimation

One of the coolest things to do with one of your own photographs is create an animated gif file or a stereographic 3 D image.  This is something the students can do from a computer.

Here is a photo I created from a shot of a saxophonist in Central Park last Sunday

http://stereo.nypl.org/view/60837

or get out your 3D glasses and click on this one

http://stereo.nypl.org/view/60838

Want to make your own?  Click here


Lauren Bacall “The Look” Exhibit in NYC

You’ve probably watched a Lauren Bacall film sometime in your life. She passed last August. (obituary)

This exhibit’s over now but I’ll post what my sister and I saw at the Fashion Instititute of Technology while I visited on Spring Break.

We had a lot of fun looking at the fashions and reading the accompanying magazine pieces.

The first piece we saw is the coat

(Cell phone photo :-(  the only one I took)

"A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display."

“A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display.”

The opening of video Bacall hosts in 1968 -Bacall and the Boys about four men (designers) Christian Dior’s Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves St Laurent

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew9J-Ia6zQQ

For more close-up photos and an AP article by Leanne Italie click here


My Sister’s Doll – 1947

Italian Doll

Our Uncle Harold brought this doll to my sister in 1947. Mary was in Kindergarten.  He was in the US Navy.

He brought the doll back from Naples.

She was a souvenir doll, not a play doll.

A couple of days ago, I put her in Mary’s NYC apartment window and photographed her from different angles.

Her straw hat wouldn’t stay on her head and I didn’t want to force it.

As I took her photo, her eyes seemed to follow me and I moved her around to try and get a good pose and shot.

Have you ever noticed how something inanimate can feel it has a life?


Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather, flock together. Waiting for the horses to drop some grain. My sister spotted these pigeons on a traffic light post.

No zoom lens on the camera so my sister who had found the birds lined up on the pole, walked me across 59th Street into the Park.  We were headed for the zoo.

Close-up  after we crossed the street- the second shot

pigeons on a lightpole

and the first shot, before we crossed the street

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Ephemeral – NYC

Ephemeral

Took most these photographs of Steam/Smoke Streaming from around the city in various locations specifically for this week’s challenge  ephemeral

and added the light sabre on a knit blanket from home which is totally not with the NYC street scene but then

added  the New York City store window with the Shadow Lettering from the light.

PROM 2015 It wil be here soon and then disappear in a blink.


A Man and his Dog, Long Island Selfie-Stick Girls, a Food Line and Sunset on Hudson

A man and his dog. Central Park  Sunday. He was calling and waving to his family. Before the Greek Parade on Fifth.

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man and dog

Is this a Basenji? no, says Dog Expert Juilia. Thanks   She sent this pic of an Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

selfie stick girls

I asked these girls if they would pose with their selfie stick so I could show my high school students in photography class next week.  Later I asked where they were from….. Long Island!

FOOD LINE ON SIXTH AVE

Food line on Sixth Avenue with reflection in the fountain some birds are using as a bird bath

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Silhouettes of another man and his dog at sunset – New Jersey across the Hudson River


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