Saturday, August 27, 2011

day +1467

It has begun to rain lightly in the Bronx. All mass transit is about to be suspended throughout the city in about 10 minutes in preparation for Irene.

I spent yesterday evening in Inwood Hill Park photographing the Henry Hudson Bridge, which was fun. Earlier in the day I had a few errands to take care of in Manhattan's Upper East Side, so I used the opportunity to check out the Met's current exhibition, Night Vision: Photography After Dark. This black-and-white show is small in scale (only 40 images) but very enriching. Most of the images date to the first three decades of the 20th century. While this exhibition wasn't the inspiration for me going up to Inwood Hill Park last night, it was rewarding to have learned more about the history of photographers who have attempted to capture their world in the dark.

One of the funnier stories that I came across in the exhibit is that of a early 20th century photographer (circa 1905, I think) who while photographing a subject one night is stopped and questioned about the purpose of his activity by a suspicious police officer. Night photography at this period was novel. Confused by the photographer's rather simple explanation, the police officer assumed he must be mentally-ill and expressed pity. It just reminded me that interactions between the police and photographers aren't new. Photography unlike other artistic media seems to naturally arouse suspicion by people who aren't familiar with it or who just are wary of an all-seeing lens in their immediate vicinity.

Finally, on an entirely different note August 21st marked the fourth anniversary of my allogeneic stem cell transplant. I had actually made a mistake thinking my anniversary was the 24th until I checked later.


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