audrey dimola: as it began at sculpture park; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i actually took this photo with my smartphone (!) on new year’s day. it’s funny because this vantage of the east river and the gorgeously dilapidated wooden ruin is also the very first photo on DKADSHOTNY back in feb 2010! it will soon be our two year anniversary.. how much has changed. this vantage, thankfully, is still just as beautiful every time i visit it. i had some much-needed quiet time sitting on some rocks at the shore, just reading and writing and admiring the view. there were so many birds flying around - the tiny flecks of white in the water are actually seagulls! - and the sky was perfectly dusted with fair-weather clouds. no matter where i go, this will always be my favorite place.
audrey dimola: love one another; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i love this photo because it’s always fun and surprising to find words hidden in the street - it’s one of the little things that are so special about living in a city like ours. i found out later that ‘love one another’ was actually beatle george harrison’s last message to the public before he passed. three simple words - so much meaning. i hope to stumble upon more like this soon..
audrey dimola: development on the waterfront; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i actually took this shot from the top of a huge rope structure you can climb on in the new playground in gantry plaza state park! it’s always nice to have somewhat of a bird’s eye view.. i like that you can see the 59th street bridge and big allis smokestacks in the distance, as well as the people looking tiny standing around in the great green field. the most prominent elements in the photo are of course the new condos stretching towards the sky. development is still ongoing on the waterfront - you can’t help but wonder how far it’s all going to go..
daniel kapovic: RFK Bridge, Astoria Park, Astoria, Queens
DK’s Inspiration & Reason: This is yet another of my sunset shots that I have posted over the course of this blog. I always love the warm, vibrant colors of a sunset whether it is captured alone or with other structures in the same photo to enhance it further. In this photo I was sitting in Astoria Park waiting for a fireworks display to happen for the Fourth of July when we were gifted with a beautiful sunset to accompany the end of day and beginning of night. What makes this photo even more striking is the RFK Bridge which looms overhead cutting across the colorful sky. You also can get a glimpse of one of the towers further down in the picture, but it’s once again this mixture of nature and an urbanized setting that I enjoy capturing from time to time.
audrey dimola: new york architectural terra-cotta works; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i absolutely LOVE this building - it was built in 1892 and still stands! it’s a little red bricked gem right near the queensboro bridge and across from the new ravel hotel on vernon blvd. this month (or perhaps it was last month?) i realized that the building was exposed in a way it hadn’t been before - the wood casings that were around some of the architectural elements had been removed, and a passerby could view the building in its actual glory. the detailing is nothing short of AMAZING. instead of a detail shot, however, i chose this one because i like the extreme vertical composition and the chain link fence in front of the gorgeous detail you can still see in the background - the anno domini 1892 detail on top, and the new york architectural terra-cotta works detail on the bottom. LIC history right before your eyes!
audrey dimola: end of an era/9th st house mid-demo; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i’ve taken a sad liking to documenting the destruction of various childhood landmarks in my neighborhood - warehouses, crumbling buildings, or an abandoned house like this one around the corner from my own house.. i grew up with it and watched day by day as they tore it down. it’s strange to get sentimental about a house that wasn’t your own, but it was part of my landscape, the fabric of my life growing up. i remember the people there - their life, their swimming pool, their dog in the doghouse, their lot full of cars and metal and other scraps. this picture was taken after the house was gutted and the top floor was stripped - the debris was thrown off the roof and left in a pile in what used to be their backyard until it was carted away. sometimes shots of NY aren’t pretty but they still need to be seen.. especially sad is that lovely captain’s wheel chandelier junked on top of the pile.
audrey dimola: 21st st bus light explosion; astoria/long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i love anything that has to do with light painting.. i just feel like in the end everything is all light and energy, and when you take pictures this way you kind of tap into that in a more tangible way - it’s like you’re capturing something that you otherwise couldn’t. i stood on the corner of broadway and 21st on my walk home and snapped the passing cars with a slow shutter speed - all you see is trails of light. i really like this photo in particular because the 21st street bus is actually exploding into light - it’s here and then it’s gone, shooting out in red, amber, white, and pale green rays. it’s really kind of beautiful to break everything down in such a way.
audrey dimola: hallets cove beach in winter; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: hallets cove beach is a little stretch of sand on the east river right next to socrates sculpture park in LIC. you can see kayaks and canoes setting off from the shore in the spring and summer courtesy of LIC community boathouse, and a new set of stairs was installed in recent years for easier access. i like this photo because it’s a darker, grittier version of the beach you see in the warmer months. this was right after one of this winter’s many storms, and the sand was dark with rocks and river debris. a quiet moment just before the onset of twilight - looking forward to photographing the beach in the sunshine sooner than later!
audrey dimola: beach at fort tilden; rockaways, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: exploring fort tilden was one of the most amazing adventures i’ve ever had, in the city and otherwise. this is just a taste of what this wildland is like, and not even including the striking remnants of its past as a military base (which i will most likely post here at a later date!). i took this shot after walking off the main path, climbing up the sand dunes, and shooting towards the water on the other side. it’s such a different atmosphere with the mostly deserted beach and hills of sand and weeds and foliage. i also love the deep color of the water, the hint of stormy sky and sun coming through the clouds. such an unforgettable place!
audrey dimola: foggy night and urban art; pulaski bridge, long island city.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i really love this set of photos i took for an LIC blog - i was rushing around trying to make it to three events in one night, and one of them was the press conference for LIC artist joel voisard’s stencil artwork and wooden sculpture on the pulaski bridge between brooklyn and queens. it was such a rainy, foggy night, but that’s what makes this photo stand out - the half-hidden citibank building, the rain-slicked street, the halos of light, and of course, joel’s stencils on the divider.