Sunday, September 18, 2016

Expedition Richard Serra (the 2nd)

Every Which Way (Richard Serra) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Richard Serra is back at the Gargosian with three massive sculptures of the forged steel slab variety.  These pieces were not on the same scale as those I saw back in 2014 (Expedition Richard Serra) but, just like that time, I found myself feeling pretty small and insignificant.  And I was reminded while revisiting my prior post that I really do want to see his work outside.  And, now that I've read the NYTimes review, I am a little bummed that I missed NJ-1, 2015.  That's the thing about NYC, if you blink, you can miss the art.

If I had to explain what I like about Serra's work, it would probably boil down to the patina on the steel.  Let's just say, there is something about rust that I find extraordinarily appealing.  And much of his work could be categorized as rust on a grand scale.  


Through (Richard Serra) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11/16

Rolling Out (Still) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com
Among those that we lost on 911were five firefighters from the Ten House.  The house, located in the shadow of the World Trade Center, was the first to respond.  I took this photo last week as Tower Ladder Ten (ladder 10 was buried under some 40 feet of rubble on 9.11.01) was rolling out to respond to a fire (engine 10 was close behind).  The courage of first responders never ceases to amaze me.


Voids and Beams by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com
A small element of this picture is the beams that were salvaged from the ruins of the two towers and that stand now in the 911 museum (the right side of the museum window).  Etched on the side of one is the word save.  One day, I happened upon the museum when these same beams rose up inside the reflection of the Freedom Tower -- old scars surrounded by new skin.


Individual Losses

Last year, I visited the Memorial on the evening of 911 -- long after the names had been read.  The walls of the fountain were full of flowers, flags, and even the occasional stuffed animal.
September 11, 2015 by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Flowers, September 11, 2015 by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


This Bear, September 11, 2015 by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


This morning, I forgot that I had photographed this bear, those flags, these flowers when I went hunting through my photos from 9.11.15.  I was on the hunt for a single, perfect photo of the Tribute in Light having  forgotten that I don't carry a tripod and that I was out and about with my Olympus Air last year.

These are photos of small mementos commemorating individual losses in a way that the memorial itself can not do.  Rather, the  911 memorial is a symbol of our collective loss.  It reminds us of that most terrible day when NYC came to a standstill and the world watched in horror.

I am glad that I thought to photograph this bear, those flags, these flowers last year.  For today, September 11, 2016, they reminded me that our collective loss is the sum of 2,996 individual losses.

Today, I am remembering the victims of 911.

Always Remember, Never Forget
9/11/15
9/11/14
9/11/13
Remembering
Today

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Because, Weddings

I Brake for Weddings by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


I wonder if being an actual wedding photographer is as stressful as public speaking?  I tend to think it would be -- after all, it's not like you get a do over of the wedding day if you mess up the photos.  I have been known to follow the occasional bride through Central Park (see Wedding Party, Instagram Intersections).  The couple above didn't need to be stalked in Florence.  I am only sad that I did not catch their photographer.

As for this bride, we had a small disagreement about whether this was a bride who had booked a destination wedding or a photo shoot (it was, after all, Pitti Uomo week in Florence and even if that is about men's fashion, there were lots of fashionistas afoot).  My money was on the photo shoot since there was no discernible wedding planner hovering around -- just the guy with the black suitcase.

Wedding Photo Shoot by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


Wedding Photo Shoot (Part II) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Florence Bloom
The setting for the photo shoot was a piece was called Florence Bloom which was a temporary installation presented by Studio Liebeskind and Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums.  My niece Barbara and I stumbled upon it when we were lost on our first night in Florence.  Quite a fun -- albeit ephemeral -- piece of public art.


Me!
Barbara!

Monday, September 5, 2016

David (360)

Statue of David, ©nlundebjerg 2016 #michaelangelo #david Florence, Italy
Approaching David
When in Florence, one goes to see David -- it's an obligatory stop.  And having braved the lines and the crowds the Accademia, you need to spend a bit of time studying him from every angle.  Or, about ten minutes because the press of the crowds is such that that is about all I could stand.   One tip is to go with a guide as they get you through the line more quickly.

Michelangelo's David, ©nlundebjerg 2016 #michaelangelo #david Florence, Italy
The Original Six Pack
Michelangelo's David, ©nlundebjerg 2016 #michaelangelo #david Florence, Italy
Those Calf Muscles, That Butt

Michelangelo's David, ©nlundebjerg 2016 #michaelangelo #david Florence, Italy
That Hand

Michelangelo's David, ©nlundebjerg 2016 #michaelangelo #david Florence, Italy
Scrum at the David

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Eat Your Vegetables

Chioggia Beets by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

I've been visiting the Union Square Greenmarket on a weekly basis since first wandering down there on one of the hottest days of the summer to see my friend Kate and coming home with some Row by Row Farm tomatoes, Tonje's Farm cheese PLUS milk with cream on top, and Hodgson Farms  blueberries. I'm already mourning the end of summer and the waning days of the tomatoes.

Tomatoes, because Summer by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Eat your Carrots by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Fairy(tale) Eggplants by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Royal Purple by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Red, White, and Green by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com