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Archive for the ‘Photo of the day’ Category

Finding the pose with modern sculpture

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

I was able to discretely capture this scene of a family at the Metropolitan Museum of Art checking out an untitled sculpture by Joel Shapiro … I like how the father and son have interpreted the minimalist sculpture as a human form, and are mimicking the pose.

sculpture by Joel Shapiro at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Graffiti Dreams in Jersey City

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

I saw this graffiti mural in Jersey City, which reads: “Dreams are the beginning of a new journey.” I like that message … and the art work too!

graffiti mural seen in Jersey City

Street poet practicing his craft

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

I saw this gentleman set up with a table outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday. As you can see by the sign at the front of his table, he was offering “free poetry,” and he was drawing a good crowd. I hope (and assume) he got some tips for sharing his talent.

poet reading his poetry near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Young art critic assesses modern sculpture

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

I saw this young “art critic” in a pink bonnet taking a long look at Alexander Liberman’s large-scale sculpture titled “Adonai” (made in 1970-71) at the Storm King Art Center today. I wonder if she’ll give it a favorable review?

Adonai by Alexander Liberman at Storm King Art Center

Virtual exploration inside of a meteor crater

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

I was looking around on Google Earth and found a meteor crater west of Flagstaff, Arizona, that looked interesting (see satellite image, below left). What surprised me was that as I zoomed in, I was given a chance to switch to “street view” – streets in a meteor crater? No, not exactly, but doing a virtual stroll around the inside of this crater revealed this odd bit of machinery (below right). There’s no clear indication of what this thing is, or what purpose it serves. It kind of looks like some odd steampunk sculpture.

Scroll down for another unexpected find …

steampunk sculpture in a meteor crater

As I continued on my virtual stroll around the inside of the crater, I also happened upon this scene: a fenced-off area with an American flag and a wood cut-out with an opening for one’s head (to pose for a picture) … is this someone’s suggestion that making it to the bottom of this crater is like landing on the moon?

American flag at the bottom of a meteor crater in Arizona

Wastewater Treatment Facility, Gladbrook, Iowa

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

In the spirit of photographer Emmet Gowin, whose aerial photography witnesses how man’s footprint has visually scarred and continually altered the earth’s surface, I utilized Google Earth to capture this image of a wastewater treatment facility in Gladbrook, Iowa. I like how it becomes an abstract art work when viewed from this vantage point.

wastewater treatment facility in Gladbrook Iowa

Tractor driving creates art in an Iowa field

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

If you’ve seen my posts in recent days, you’ll see I’ve become somewhat obsessed with finding interesting images via Google Earth. Here’s a view of some farmland intersected by 320th Street, north of Conrad, Iowa. I’m wondering, what was this farmer up to? He’s driving his tractor around in circles and loops, doing who knows what? I like how the aerial view and cropping can turn a simple photograph like this into abstract art.

farmland near Conrad Iowa

Airport runways as abstract art

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Who would have thought that airport runways could serve as abstract works of art? I’ve been looking around Google Earth and have found some interesting visuals. Below we have the San Francisco International Airport followed by the Albuquerque International Airport. Is it just me, or does the positioning of the two “H” symbols with the box and curved road below in Albuquerque look like a face with a slight smile?

aerial view of the San Francisco International Airport

aerial view of the Albuquerque International Airport

Visual puzzle of streetball hoops courts in NYC

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you saw my last post, you’ll know that I’ve been procrastinating from the work at hand to look up places via Google Earth. To further the procrastination, I decided to find and create a visual puzzle of the various basketball courts in downtown NYC where I used to play hoops – here’s a selection of them. If you play hoops in NYC, can you ID any of these from their aerial view?

aerial view of basketball courts in NYC

Here’s the answers:

Top row, left to right:

Stanton Street, between Chrystie and Forsyth; Tompkins Square Park at East 10th Street; FDR Drive at Delancey Street.

Middle row, left to right:

Houston Street at 6th Avenue; East 4th Street between 2nd and 1st Avenues; “The Cage” at West 4th Street and 6th Avenue.

Bottom rowl, left to right:

Gansevoort Street at West 13th Street; FDR Drive at 42nd Street; 36th Street at 2nd Avenue.

Aerial abstractions thanks to Google Earth

Monday, August 31st, 2015

I’ve seen a number of articles in the New York Times lately about artists making art using satellite imagery via Google Earth and Google Maps, so I couldn’t resist giving it a shot myself. I’ve done a few posts before utilizing street view, but today I wanted to look for semi-abstract images via Google Earth. I started looking around in Long Island City, NY, and happened upon these two parking lots near the neighborhood where 5 Pointz used to exist: the one below left is a school bus parking lot, and the one below right is a taxi cab parking lot. The distorted imagery in both is the result of zooming in via Google Earth – seen from the original satellite position, one can recognize what each one is, but their shapes take on a life of their own when zoomed in. This is kind of fun!

abstract art made from zooming in with Google Earth

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