Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse in Technicolor #BGWindows #NYC 2013
The Year of the Horse in Technicolor
I confess, it took me a while to figure out that the 58th street windows at Bergdorf Goodman might (just might mind you) be celebrating the Year of the Horse.  I think that it took longer because the horses look a lot like pinatas what with their vivid stripes.  These windows are always particularly hard to photograph because of the reflections.  In this iteration,  the horses seem to disappear into the tress in the black and white version of the photo above (below).

The Year of the Horse in Black & White  #BGWindows #NYC 2013
The Year of the Horse in Black & White
On the eve of Chinese New Year, it seems appropriate to check into see where I am in what I am going to call my "more" list (as in I'm going to do more of this and more of that -- see Resolved).

Walk More.  I am!  Walking more that is.  I've determined I can walk between four and five miles at a stretch (baseline for training to walk a half marathon is 3 miles) and now I just need to walk faster.  The biggest problem there is my photographer's eye which wanders a bit.  Oh, and that causes falls like the epic one I took on my first long walk where I tripped and landed hard on my left knee.  Doesn't appear to be permanent damage but I really gotta work on looking where I am going.

Broomstick #graffitti #graffitimural #nyc #chelsea 2013
Broomstick
Go on More Art Expeditions:  I am not sure that this is a stretch goal in NYC where there is art in the most unexpected places.  As an example, I stumbled upon a door at 102 Greene Street in Soho that was sculpted by Bill Tarr sometime in the 1960s when he and his wife resided there.  Next to it was a very sculptural beam.  This was last night when I was working on "Walk More"so I'm just not sure such finds should count towards going on more art expeditions but I'm counting them anyway.  And, one of my favorite photos from this past weekend, is of art that I espied when going on an aborted art expedition in Chelsea (galleries were closed).  It's from a graffiti mural painted on the side of the Kove Brothers Hardware Store in Chelsea.  Does owning a picture of a broom make up for not having a broom to call my own?

See More Movies:  Well, I went from seeing barely any movies in 2013 to seeing Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, the Hobbit movie, Blue Jasmine (on demand), and Philomena since Christmas.  Plus, I binge-watched Downton Abbey over the course of two very cold and wet weekends.   I have a ways to go if I am going to see all the movies nominated for best picture -- particularly given that there are some movies that I'm really not interested in seeing (e.g., Gravity).

Blog More:  For this one, it depends on whether we measure my output against last month (31 days of #BGwindows) or against last January (4 posts).  I'm leaning towards the latter and so six posts in January is blogging more.  Plus there is the "mini-" blogging that I've been doing over on #instagram (@nlundebjerg) when I post a photo of a piece of art, a landmark, building, or something else that warrants explanation.  Jury is still out on this one -- we'll just have to wait and see what the year of the Horse brings.

Happy New Year!

Hudson River Ice Floes :: Polar Vortex Redux #NYC #hudsonriver 2013
Hudson River Ice Floes :: Polar Vortex Redux

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Polishing


Head & Cave (My Title, A closeup of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992) #NYC 2013
Head & Cave (My Title, A closeup of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992)
I just spent a bit of time polishing up Expedition Real World -- making some tweaks to sentences and adding a couple of new sentences here and there.  Some changes were to fix grammar, others to make smoother transitions between points, still others to make new points.  Nothing major, just another example of needing to remember to Write, Edit, Repeat.  Oh, and maybe to proof and not rely on spell check!?!?

Bottom's Up (My Title, A closeup of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992) #NYC
Bottoms Up (My Title, a close up of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Expedition Real World


The Real World, Tom Otterness 1992 Nelson Rockefeller Park #NYC
The Real World :: Tom Otterness (1992)
I did not set out today to find the art of Tom Otterness.  Today was about walking along the Hudson River with my friend Kate and getting to my 3-4 mile goal for the day (thanks to Kate for helping me make it).  We found his sculptures as we were heading in from the river in search of a hidden little gem of a park that sits between the buildings that make up the North End of Battery Park City.   So I almost missed them.

A close up of one of the tableaus in The Real World, Tom Otterness 1992 Nelson Rockefeller Park #NYC
Spanking (My Title, a close up of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992)

The sculptures, that is.  I almost missed the bronzes that make up The Real World, a 1992 installation by Tom Otterness that occupies a corner of Nelson Rockefeller Park at Warren Street.  I think my face lit up like a little kid's when I spotted them.   I'd been wanting to see some of his work up close and personal for a quite some time and there it was!  I guess my peripheral vision is not quite as bad as I thought it was.   It is quite the collection of small, large, and -- in some cases -- anatomically correct (sort of) figures that inhabit ate this little section of the park.  Everywhere you look there is an unexpected tableau to puzzle over.

A close up of on of the tableaus in The Real World, Tom Otterness 1992 Nelson Rockefeller Park #NYC
Robbery (My Title, A Close up of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992)
The Battery Park City web site says that this is one of the most popular public art pieces in #NYC.  I find that a bit ironic since it seems to be chalk full of mayhem (including robberies, spankings, fat cats tied down and gagged, and a strange-looking creature about to feast upon a bound animal and drink up a little human).  There is a man being smushed by a giant penny that others are rolling towards a very strange looking idol.  Not to mention the dog that is stalking the cat that is stalking the bird that is stalking the worm that is being held up by a small man as if serving dinner on a platter while not realizing that he is quite likely to be eaten by the bird along with his worm (shades of Alfred Hitchcock).  There are captains of industry toasting each other as a woman hangs on for dear life to the edge of the building beneath them.  And everywhere there are pennies -- stacked, piled, and embedded in the pavement.

As much social commentary as it is art, The Real World is a bit mad in a satirically splendid sort of way.  Just the kind of art I like.
Close ups of figures and tableaus in The Real World, Tom Otterness 1992 Nelson Rockefeller Park #NYC
The Real World Collage (My Title, Bits and Pieces of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992)
To see more art from Otterness, visit him on the Web.

A close up of one of the tableaus in The Real World, Tom Otterness 1992 Nelson Rockefeller Park #NYC
Fat Cat (My Title, A close up of The Real World :: Tom Otterness 1992)


Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Walk along the Hudson

Feed the Birds, #riversidepark #birds  #seagulls #pigeons NYC 2013
Feed the Birds - Still
Yesterday, I went for a walk along the Hudson River.  I traveled light (read no camera) because the goal was to see if I could walk three miles (the starting mileage for actually training for a half marathon,  Resolved).  I made the goal and then some -- hitting about four miles all told after running some errands.  My new Nike fuel band faithfully reported to me that I had a blip in the middle of my walk where I came to a stop.  That was for two reasons.

79th Street Boat Basin Reflections, #RiversidePark #HudsonRiver #boats NYC 2013
79th Street Boat Basin Reflections
The first was the five minutes or so I spent watching an older woman feed the birds bagels and other bits of bread.  Unlike most bird feeders, she was throwing out chunks of bread which made for some interesting tussles among the pigeons, gulls, geese, and ducks that awaited every crumb.  Shortly after, as I started up again, I tripped and fell.  Certainly not my most spectacular fall ever but jarring none the less.  Two wonderful New Yorkers rushed to my aid.  We are not such a big cold city after all.  

Preservation:  High and Dry, #annekuchelrabinowitz #models2monuments #m2m #riversidepark NYC 2013
Preservation:  High and Dry :: Anne Kuchel Rabinowitz
I confess that I took a bunch of pictures while walking so even though I made my distance goal, I'll clearly need to work on time.  Particularly if I don't want to take 100 hours to walk a half marathon.  Or perhaps I should start carrying my Lytro on my walks -- the very nature of that camera was made for not stopping to take a picture but rather just holding it up and keeping on walking (Along the Hudson). 

Ringo :: Reina Kubota, #reinakubota #RiversidePark #ModelstoMonuments #m2m NYC 2013
Ringo :: Reina Kubota

Gulls. Pigeons. Seagulls.






Monday, January 6, 2014

Unexpected Losses

For a Friend

I am thinking of you tonight
I know your loss feels too great
Almost too much to bear

Though many have walked this path
It is yours to walk today
So draw on your inner strength

And gather your family round you
Tell the stories of his life
And keep on telling them
Today and all the days to come

Those memories are you.
And you are he.
Laugh. Cry. Love. Laugh again.








Sunday, January 5, 2014

Resolved.

Snowy Vermont Country Road, #snow #snowstorm #hercules #vermont 2013
Snowy Vermont Country Road
I took a little break from this blog o' mine after finishing up 31 Days of Holiday Windows with a #flipagram on December 31st.  I have to admit it was tough feeding the beast for 31 days straight.  Doing so seemed to draw more of the zombie bots that troll the web in the hopes that you'll click back to their site (commonly known as referrer spam).  Rule to Live By:  Just don't click through anything with vampire, zombie, secret, or other odd words in it and you should be fine.

It being the start of 2014, I thought it would be good to write down some of things I've resolved to do "more of" in 2014.  I'm not a big one for New Year's resolutions (this is the first time I've made any in years), so it will be interesting to see if I keep these.  The photos accompanying this post are from a mid-storm walk (Vermont) and post-storm walk (NYC) as Hercules blew in to help us celebrate the New Year.

Walk More.
With my re-engineered toe feeling better every day (Wiggling My Toes, Bending My Toes to name just two posts devoted to the subject of my toes from last September and October), I am planning to walk more this year with the goal of walking a half-marathon sometime this fall.  Of course, my doctor has to approve that last part (walking the half marathon) but I'm not anticipating that will be a problem.   I'm off to a rocky start with this resolution as Hercules blew into town and the one thing that seems to bother my toe is walking in my winter boots.  So, today, I broke out the Wii -- which promptly provided me with all sorts of helpful feedback.  Shades of Me and My Mii kinds of feedback.  The good news is that I am pretty much in the same place when I wrote that post back in September 2011.

Go on More Art Expeditions.
At the beginning of the summer of 2013, I decided that I would get out of the park (Central Park that is) at least once a month and see more of New York City.  Some of my best adventures have been to see art (Expedition Keith Haring, Art. Sofa. Rope., Expedition Bansky) -- particularly free public art -- and I plan to continue to make time in my schedule to see art.

Bow Bridge in Winter, #hercules #snowstorm #bowbridge NYC 2013
Bow Bridge in Winter

See More Movies.
I'm off to a good start on this one having seen more movies in the past two weeks than I'd seen in the twelve months prior.  In rank order of preference -- American Hustle, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, and the Hobbit:  Desolation of Smaug.   American Hustle is just a smidgen better than Inside Llewyn Davis - mainly because of the acting.  You know it's great acting if you forget who people are (namely Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence).  The other great piece of acting was Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks -- she was glorious as PJ Travers.  As for the Hobbit, the book is infinitely better than this overly long and somewhat soggy three- part series that Peter Jackson has created.  Sure, the special effects are wonderful but this is a pretty slim story to begin with and three movies (long ones at that) is a bit much even for this J.R.R. Tolkien fan.

Blog More.
I am going to try to blog more.  I miss this kind of writing when I'm not doing it and with all the other things I'm saying I'm going to do "more", I should have lots of things to blog about!

And there you have it, my "resolves" for 2014.  I'm exhausted just thinking about them.  As for where I will find the time, if I cut down on my Law & Order habit, I'll easily gain 2-4 hours a week!

The Horses of Central Park #Hercules #Snow #snowstorm NYC 2013
The Horses of Central Park