Showing posts from March, 2013

Head Shots

There was a lot of playing with perspective in the Bergdorf Goodman windows (#BGwindows) this past weekend where proper salons featured mannequins bedecked in Dior.  I don't know if David Hoey was channeling Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or maybe in Breakfast at Tiffany's or maybe just Audrey in Dior but these windows sure did remind me of her (may she rest in peace).

It only seemed fitting to play with perspective too by cutting out the fashion and letting the mannequins take center stage.  The sun obliged me and there were reflections galore at mid-day on the avenue.  So, without further ado, some fun mannequin head shots paired with random near by sculptures (you didn't think I was going to buy photos of Audrey, now did you?!?) .

No pairing needed....

I do so love the #BGWindows, sigh (

Season Spring; Forecast Snow

It's been spring here in NYC for five days now -- not that you can tell from the weather (cold) that we've been having.  And, they are forecasting snow turning to a wintry mix (nice way of saying snow AND rain) for tomorrow.  That hasn't seemed to deter some of the irises, crocuses, and Hellebore in Central Park's Conservatory Garden from blooming. 


I am a bit behind in reporting that I won the #BGwindows Instagram challenge with a Handful of Mirrors.  I guess I needed some time to savor being selected from amongst all the entries and having it be one of my personal favorites made the victory all the more sweet.

My favorite part of winning?  What David Hoey said about my photo:

“The winning photograph captured the spirit of the overall window display while lending a haunting, nostalgic quality. The photo went beyond simple documentation. It is successful as a stand-alone work of art.” (from 5th/58th)

Wow!  That is an amazing compliment coming from David Hoey -- the man behind the Bergdorf windows.  You can read the full report on the two winning photos on 5th/58th, the Bergdorf Goodman blog.   And if you want to read about my obsession with the aforesaid windows that can be found in The #BGWindows' Follies.   Being a lover of reflections, the mirror window was my favorite -- delivering variations as endless as the steady stre…


Bee Butt

I've been PINcensured!   I've previously blogged about Pinterest while in the blush of first love (My Online Gallery: Pinterest) and again as my affair matured (Behind the Pins).  Over the past several months, I haven't been paying as much attention to pinning -- which is maybe a good thing because I could be on the cusp of a, gasp, break up!
It was a polite notice, short and to the point.  The meat (all puns intended) of the reason for removing a pin:
"We don't allow nudity—photos that show breasts, buttocks or genitalia—on Pinterest. This applies to pins on both public and secret boards." Hmm, I don't remember reading about that when I reviewed the terms of agreement but a
 quick investigation of the Acceptable Uses Policy produced this statement::

"You agree not to post User Content that:
contains any information or content we deem to be hateful, violent, harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, infringing, invasive of…

Water Falls

I got home fairly late tonight and so don't have much energy to write anything lengthy.  It's that point in the year when time starts slipping away like water flowing downstream.  Seems fitting to post some photos of -- you guessed it -- water from the weekend.  These are from two of my favorite spots in the North Woods -- the smaller falls that dot the stream that traverses the ravine.  I've written about these falls in the past in Big City Nature.  all I can say is that it is a year later and I still haven't worked on shutter speed (as opposed to aperture) when it comes to the manual settings on my camera.  And, I am still having fun using the preset sport/action setting on occasion -- amazing what a difference that makes in the image one captures.

To end the series -- shot from above of a log perched on a rock above the smaller falls and shot of a twig trapped at the bottom.  

Broken Art

Central Park's Mount (home to the park's chief composting station) is one of my favorite places.  Typically, it is filled with mountains of wood chips and logs that have not, as of yet, been chopped up.  It's a haunting place particularly when some of the park's older trees find their way there as has been happening all too frequently of late.

Today, the Mount was home to something that was a bit more of a mystery -- a massive piece of broken marble inscribed on all visible sides with words.   There it rested a top a pile of assorted debris with its broken corners carefully pieced together on top.  Unexpected and strangely evocative of a gravestone.