Friday, February 23, 2018
This is St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street in Manhattan. It is a spectacular gothic church and a New York Landmark. This is just a detail of the south side of the structure. I probably should have shot the face of the church. Next trip! This church construction was completed in 1913. It is absolutely beautiful. Please click on the image to see it in more detail.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:32 PM
Thursday, February 22, 2018
"John Bull?" What kind of name is that? I actually had to look that up. John Bull is a national personification of the United Kingdom in general and England in particular, especially in political cartoons and similar graphic works. He is usually depicted as a stout, middle-aged, country dwelling, jolly, matter-of-fact man. Well, you are looking at a replica of a railroad steam engine also known as John Bull, a British-built railroad steam locomotive that operated in the United States. It was operated for the first time on September 15, 1831 and was initially purchased by and operated for the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad in New Jersey. I stumbled across this today in the middle of Hicksville. I have no idea how long it has been here, but I think about 10 years. It was built by the Chamber of Commerce President James Pavone. He built it in two years! How is that even possible? It is a stunning piece of history!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:10 PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I went over to Port Washington this morning to have the car's oil changed. When I drove by the west side of Hempstead Harbor I couldn't believe how large this crane was. It has never been there before, and in fact, looks brand new. This thing is a monster, and it is hard to show how large it is. It is called the Weeks 531 and it is on a 420 foot barge. The length of the boom on the crane is 205 feet, and it can lift 500 tons! That is one million pounds! What a beautiful piece of machinery!
So it is hard to get a sense of how large this crane is. I was looking for any sign of workers and eventually saw these two crewmen on the tugboat. See how small they are, and then go back to the original photo to find the tug on the right side of the photo. The crewmen are invisible in the wide shot. Man, this thing is BIG!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:59 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
We drove up to Madison, Connecticut today to visit with my sister Karen and have lunch with her. When we drove through the village of Madison I spied this house on the main street and stopped to photograph it. Its style is known as a New England Saltbox house. You can spot them from a mile away with their distinctive profile - that long pitched roof that slopes down to the back. It takes its name from its resemblance to a wooden lidded box in which salt was once kept. This is called the John Dudley house, and was thought to have been built in 1675, but is now dated to 1720. Oh, and believe it or not, George Washington ate dinner here, in 1776.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 7:31 PM
Monday, February 19, 2018
After our afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art, I took a walk over to B&H Photo because I needed to pick up a piece of photographic equipment. Walking back to Penn Station I was looking directly at the Empire State Building the whole way to Penn. It is always illuminated, I think - I can't remember for sure. But on this day the colors were changing and I watched all the changes while standing on a street corner at 8th Avenue. I shot all the different colors, but the red was my favorite, for some reason. Seeing the vertical lights on the building to the right made all the difference in my photo because it added another point of interest.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:23 PM
Sunday, February 18, 2018
As I was taking the picture that I showed you on yesterday's blog, I noticed this woman photographer to my right, doing a really interesting thing. Her name is Linda. Most people, when taking a picture, lift their phones up, snap one photo, and then move on. Linda stood in one place for several minutes, and I could hear her phone clicking over and over again. This is what a serious photographer does - find a spot and stay there, while people walk through the scene, and keep taking pictures until you get it. After she was done, I walked over to her and told her what I noticed, and said I was really impressed of how she worked. She is an artist - a painter - and she also is a photographer. We had a nice chat about our craft, and then went off in different directions. It was a lovely moment.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:40 PM
Saturday, February 17, 2018
As part of the photographer's retrospective we saw the other day, there was a room with a whole bunch of photo books hanging from wires. The books were produced by the photographer, and each book had about a dozen photographs in it. You could walk around the room, and stop at one of the books and open it up and look at the photographs. But what was more interesting than the actual photographs was the surreal sense of the room, full of what appeared to be levitating books!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:12 PM