Cathedral of St. John the Divine

For some, Easter is not complete without attending a church service. For the Episcopal church in Morningside Heights, commonly known as St. John’s, that sense of incompleteness has lingered for well over a century. Construction of the church began in 1892 and the first service was held in 1899. And, yet, the structure remains unfinished.Continue reading “Cathedral of St. John the Divine”

Longfellow’s Evangeline

April is National Poetry Month. So, what better way for poetry lovers to celebrate than with this photograph, which has never been printed or exhibited before. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) had a ritual of saving the pencil that he used to compose a poem, which he kept with a handwritten note to document the occasion.Continue reading “Longfellow’s Evangeline”

From the Boston Harbor Islands Collection

The 39 acres of Georges Island is just over seven miles from Boston and the site of Fort Warren, a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1847. The fort remained in use for 100 years, including service as a Civil War prison where it held Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens. The site is partContinue reading “From the Boston Harbor Islands Collection”

Street Photography: Looking Down

A while ago I was reading up on San Francisco in anticipation of a visit I was making to the city. I read about how it is one of the most populous US cities and other statistical facts. What caught my attention though was that the city was dealing with a chronic problem of humanContinue reading “Street Photography: Looking Down”

Street Photography: Still Looking Up

If you read yesterday’s post, then you’ll know about how I’ve been working at creating different kinds of photographs of familiar buildings by looking for architectural details above my head that may otherwise go unnoticed. You’ll also know about a particular building in Greenwich Village featuring an emblem of a seahorse above its doorway. ThatContinue reading “Street Photography: Still Looking Up”

Street Photography: Looking Up

I was near Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village. I lived in the Village during law school when the neighborhood’s artsy bona fides were still vibrant and less corporate than it is now. There is a building with its entrance right on the corner of West 4th Street and Grove Street. I’ve walked past manyContinue reading “Street Photography: Looking Up”

Street Photography: Radio City

This expression is a mystery. In my last two posts, I presented photographs of the comedy and tragedy masks adorning the grating above Radio City Music Hall’s stage entrance on 51st Street. Those masks are based on theatrical symbols from Greece. In Greek mythology, Thalia is the goddess of comedy and poetry. Melpomene is theContinue reading “Street Photography: Radio City”

Street Photography: Radio City

In yesterday’s post, I described how I issued a photo challenge to myself to create images of familiar and iconic structures in a fresh way. To do so, I decided to look up for small architectural details that might otherwise go unnoticed. The metal grating above the stage entrances of Radio City Music Hall alongContinue reading “Street Photography: Radio City”