White Memorial Conservation Center, 5/17/18. There was little damage from the storms that wreaked havoc all over the area Tuesday night. The flowering trees are near the end of their run but everything else is finally beginning to leaf out.
This corner is directly across from the entrance to a Home Depot. Every morning men—who all appear to be hispanic, congregate and wait for contractors in crew cab pickups to collect some of them for day labor.
Power Outage Update: We spent the late morning in the generator-equipped town library where read and charged devices. Online sources said that the power outage in town had improved from 86% without power to 71%. About one o'clock we left to check out the house and eat some of the food in the refrigerator for lunch. We were amazed to find the lights on. Unlike the last three major power failures in recent years, for some reason this time we were among the earliest to get power back. So things are back to normal here, but a huge area across the Northeast is still without power and climbing out from under downed trees and power lines.
Power is out for the whole area, and once again we're at the town Senior Center / Emergency Shelter. Nothing in town without a generator is open, and Southbury, one town south, is hit even harder. Brookfield has been declared a disaster area and police are doing a house to house search looking for people trapped in crushed houses. I didn't see any direct damage at our place, but it's going to be a long time before we have power back.
Second post in the Street Advertising series. In Murray Hill and other neighborhoods nearby the workshop center where I can get out to shoot in the early morning before class or in the evening afterwards, paper ads on kiosks and phone booths are pretty obsolete. Phone booths are quite obsolete come to think of it, though now internet connection and charging stations are beginning to appear. Backlit transparencies have been the norm for quite a while now, but they are being displaced by computer imaging display screens. Maybe holograms will be next.
Whenever I spend time around mid-town Manhattan, I'm struck by the sheer quantity of street-level—sidewalk level?—advertising. Then, I notice the way all these mini-billboards, kiosk signs and storefront ads relate to everything else going on in the visual environment. So this post begins a small series of sidewalk advertising pictures made last weekend in New York while teaching a "Digital Platinum" workshop at the Penumbra Foundation.
When I got into town Friday mid-afternoon with my pack of supplies for the workshop at Penumbra, we spent a couple hours rearranging things to get the second floor classroom and darkroom space set up for a digital/platinum workflow. Then I got to head out for a couple of hours of photo walkabout. In nearby Madison Square Park I found the flowering trees were weeks ahead of where they are up in northwestern Connecticut, but still weeks behind normal for springtime in New York.
There were people in the park, some of them looking at the promising signs of spring, but most of them texting:
"MAD. SQ. PARK IS AN ARBORETUM
322 trees, two of which are historic English elms that pre-date the Park's construction in 1850"