audrey dimola: wild in the woods; woodstock, new york.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i LOVE that new york is home to one of the most famous cities in the world AND places like this. we took an amazing trip to woodstock last weekend and it was truly transformative to just be out in the countryside experiencing things like this. we found this rushing stream after setting off down one of the comeau trails in the beautiful and incomparable town of woodstock (such good vibes!). it was a little unnerving because as we went further along the trail it kept getting darker and darker, but with something like this rushing alongside me i just couldn’t turn back yet.. we climbed down to these huge rocks and stood there in the rapids - this is a photo i took while turning around and shooting further up the stream, deeper into the woods. we headed back up the trail after this, but there’s so much more to explore!
audrey dimola: snapshots on the circle line; east river.
AD’s inspiration and reason: this is actually a nice unexpected shot i took from a late summer ride on the circle line. the sun was setting and the sky was turning hazy shades of purple, orange, and blue, and my brother and his girlfriend were standing in front of me. we both had our cameras and i caught her just as she was going to snap the silhouette of the empire state building. i like the sort of dreamy quality to the picture with the wisps of her hair in the wind, her hands, my brother’s glasses, the skyline out of focus in the background and of course the empire state in the view of the camera.
audrey dimola: purple flowers by the stream; margaretville, upstate new york.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i really love playing around with the focus and elements in the foreground/background – it sounds like such a simple thing to do, but it can make all the difference in a photo. this stream upstate is very special to me because my family and i always visit it when we go to the catskills – we even swam in it once or twice, years ago. when the water is low like it is in this shot, we can walk out into the stream on a long stretch of rocks. my dad is an expert rock skipper! but i just like to meander around and take pictures. i really like the way this shot is framed - with the purple flowers and the gray stones on one side, and the reflective stream and greenery on the other.
audrey dimola: socrates sculpture park & east river; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: this is one of my favorite spots in queens, in the city, anywhere - this little perch on the water in socrates sculpture park. this was taken on a quiet christmas eve - twilight was setting in, snow was still on the ground, and the world seemed to be in wait for these joyous late december holidays, for the upcoming new year. i stopped at the park on my way home from work to just pause by the water - where i had spent many peaceful moments in recent months - and silently reflect, in gratitude, on where i’ve been and where i’m going. beautiful spot!
audrey dimola: flowing stream and greenery; catskills, upstate new york.
AD’s inspiration and reason: i don’t even know what it is about this photo, but the sun and the shade really do something special - alternatively brightening the colors of the scene or dimming them in shadow. i’m not exactly sure where i took this because i’ve taken so many pictures upstate and i’d have to go and track back, but judging from the blur at the bottom of the image it may have even been from the car window! what’s really important, though, is how special going upstate is to me, and what it has come to mean over the years.. having that chance to grind life to halt and reconnect with the boundless beauty of the natural world. i’m a born and raised city girl (and proud of it!), but truth be told, so much of my heart belongs to wild places just like this as well.
audrey dimola: skyline view from gantry park extension; long island city, queens.
AD’s inspiration and reason: this is another photo from the first time i enjoyed the beautiful new extension of LIC’s gantry plaza state park in early summer last year. it was still light after i got out of work, and after hanging out on the new stretch of grass, i sat on one of the angled wooden chairs (perhaps designed that way specifically for sunbathing?!) on the pier and looked straight out - this is LIC’s characteristic and now-famous view of the skyline on a perfect afternoon for the start of the season.