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Dancer at West Indian Carnival Parade, Brooklyn, NYBlurred Dancer in Green DressDancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co.Angel & AccordionistSmiling Girl at  a Yemeni FestivalDancer in a DreamVision through the MistDominican Flamenco DancerBells and BirdsKotchegna Co. DancerClaireSmoke and ShadowHidden Beauty (Gold Mesh Hat)L'instant de l'envol  [Moment of Flight]Visitors at the Guggenheim Museum, NYCInsectivora, Sideshow Performer'Nirvana'Rainmaker, in Resplendent RegaliaUnder the Number OnePensive DancerSmoker with Sore ThroatsFreckled GirlZeybrah EnsembleGreen FeathersApache DancerNineteen Year-Old Wonder!After School, A SmileRajika Puri, storydancingSpreading Joy...Reflection: Self-portrait with Tattooed 'Friend'Little Muslima Dancer from MindanaoReflecting PuddleDancer, Merce Cunningham Co.Faire la moue      {...making a pout}Green Person with Quizzical PasserbyFall Leaves, Storm King Arts Center

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Dancer at West Indian Carnival Parade, Brooklyn, NY

Labor Day, 2002 in the rain. It didn't dampen revelers' spirits TOO much, as seen here. Look closely and you'll see a raindrop falling in front of her eye. I feel blessed to have made this picture: the right moment is everything...
Brooklyn, NY

After being in the top 10 of interestingness for Aug. 13, 2004 on Explore, this photo finally reached number 1 (provisionally, no doubt) for that date on Nov. 16, 2006!

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Blurred Dancer in Green Dress

Taken at the DanceNow event in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, during the early evening of Sept. 11, 2005. I saw this photo again today and realized how much the 'radically' blurred female dancer reminded me of the faceless, detail-less paintings of dancers and paper cut-out collages by Henri Matisse during his last years. I was also reminded of Brancusi's featureless heads. In the case of this dancer, the lack of details creates the impression a rounder, more three-dimensional image, as if it were a kind of 'sculptural' sketch or drawing. .

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Dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co.

...during an outdoor nightime performance last summer at Central Park's Summerstage festival, NYC. Incidentally, the static figure on the right is a woman...with a shaved head, one of Bill T. Jones' featured dancers.

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Angel & Accordionist

View the large size for greater detail: static.flickr.com/48/144423462_dfc10da682_o.jpg. Taken last October at a magical, site-specific performance, "Angels and Accordions," in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery on an overcast day. This unique event was centered around "still life" vignettes, with actors, dancers, singers and accordionists sitting or standing as still as statues at various dramatic sites, inlcuding graves and crypts throughout the cemetery. An uncanny, unforgettable experience...

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Smiling Girl at a Yemeni Festival

This charming little girl and I made friends at a Yemeni street festival in Brooklyn. I was dying to take her picture; luckily her mother agreed==koulu bil 'arabi...

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Dancer in a Dream

...a divine moment in NYC dance. In retrospect, I think something of my soul became blended into to this image...

As such, I would like to send this image out to all as a Call for Peace for the Middle East and all countries who are at war or are experiencing armed conflict.


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Vision through the Mist

Like Pharaoh's daughter finding baby Moses amid the rushes, I came upon this eerie vision at Grounds for Sculpture in...New Jersey (of all places) just after sundown. Philip Grausman's Leucantha emerges from a pond, surrounded by mist; it's one of my most memorable encounters with art in a natural setting. Interestingly enough, this cast aluminum scupture was not created to 'live' in water, but is so perfect there!
Aesthetically speaking, it's like Emily Dickinson meeting Edgar Alan Poe, with nod to Shakespeare's Ophelia (Hamlet)...

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Dominican Flamenco Dancer

...in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, part of the NYC DanceNow Festival, 2005.

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Bells and Birds

...before Christmas. Uptown, NYC. Crossing Broadway, I looked up to see this flock of birds flying in circles overhead...above the Christmas decorations, below the clouds and sky.

Cream of the Crop 'Most interesting.'


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Kotchegna Co. Dancer


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Claire

...June 2002

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Smoke and Shadow

For M. Where are you now? I miss you terribly...

People were moving throught this iight, and all of a sudden there was this profile silhouetted in the brightest section.
Although some might see this as B&W, it's actually black & shades of blue--all natural, no p-shopping... Used available light only.
New York City.

Blogged by 50 Club Selecci�n

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Hidden Beauty (Gold Mesh Hat)

West Indian Carnival Parade 2005, Brooklyn, NY.

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L'instant de l'envol [Moment of Flight]

...at New York Conservancy garden, located in NYC's Central Park. The statue dates from the 1920s, complete with bronze birds...as well as one that has come to life!

For two departed souls, M and G...

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Visitors at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC

A view of the circular main gallery of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When this photo was taken, the show on view was a retrospective of several centuries of Russian art. Notable, in the top "row," the work of Natalia Gontcharova...one of my faves!
It is forbidden to take pictures anywhere in the Guggenheim, except for the lobby. I've therefore been trying to perfect the art of doing so without people noticing...
New York City

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Insectivora, Sideshow Performer

...in Coney Island, showing off her splendid tattoos.


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'Nirvana'

...exists, hopefully. But on 9th Ave., NYC? I love the eclectic kitsch of this shop window.

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Rainmaker, in Resplendent Regalia

Check out the large version for a better view of Rainmaker's eyes and expression.
I struck up a conversation with this extraordinary man, known as 'Rainmaker,' dressed in regalia of his own invention and creation. As he told me, "Regalia should reflect your tradition (in his case, Lenape, native to Manhattan), but should reflect yourself, your creativity, as well." His creativity is clearly in full bloom! I took several shots of him as we chatted (he shunned a guy with a huge zoom lens!); this one, however, is THE one...it best captures his gaze and spirit!
I later saw him gracefully leading several dances in the Pow Wow during the 'Drums along the Hudson' Festival. Inwood Hill Park, NYC.

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Under the Number One

Light & shadow beneath the No.1 subway train bridge near 125th St., NYC. If you stare at this, it looks like a steel & glass building a night, with light streaming through the windows... Otherwise, it could appear to be an abstract expressionist painting.
NYC

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Pensive Dancer


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Smoker with Sore Throats

On 42nd St., near NYC's Times Square, this smoker with an ambiguous expression on his face unexpectedly exhaled just as I took the photo! I find the juxtaposition of the smoker with the title of a play, "Sore Throats," quite amusing and titled the photo accordingly.

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Freckled Girl

Times Square, only a couple of blocks but a world away from the Puerto Rican Day Parade., I saw this young girl wearing a very old-fashioned pink bow, lost in thought... I snapped away and captured this intimate moment. NYC

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Zeybrah Ensemble

Zeybrah dancers and drummers in a performance celebrating African music & dance, NYC. The artists are Muslims from Senegal; they belong to the "Baye Fall" movement within the Muridiya Brotherhood.

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Green Feathers

This peaceful young woman was waiting patiently attached to her enormous costume--the kind you have to pull behind you (note the plastic shoulder straps). Instead of appearing cranky, like so many others, she has a half-smile and a pleasant thought going through her mind. In the middle of 1.5 milllion people, no less! I love the effect of the sunlight on her face, including the glitter and her feathered crown, as well as the shadows that cover her neck, chest & shoulders. She was wearing the flag of Trinidad & Togago around her right wrist... Everyone likes to show their pride at this parade & festival and the numerous flag-sellers, with the colors of each Caribbean nation do a brisk business.

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Apache Dancer

See Large view. This young man was one of the first people I spoke to when I arrived at the Pow Wow at "Drums Along the Hudson." He let me take his picture and told me he was from the Apache Nation. When I saw him dance, though, he was transformed...truly at his best. Here, he is bent nearly in half, with the chest flap of his regalia hanging down below his knees, dancing all the while. His back to the sun, he peeks over his dark sunglasses to see where he's going as he moves into his own shadow. Uptown, NYC.

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Nineteen Year-Old Wonder!

Dedicated to Essomba72: Ya shoulda been there! // T'aurais d� �tr' l�!
One my way to another poetry event (see Breyten Breytenbach, below), I came across an improvised poetry slam under the arch in Washington Square. The participants were in town for the 9th annual international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices. This young man wowed the other poets and listeners--including me--with his positive message and dynamic delivery; he mentioned in his poem that he was nineteen...and he's a real wonder!

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After School, A Smile

Around 3:30 pm, NYC. Walking with friends, this girl lagged behind for a moment, laughing at a joke, and I snapped away! In the background, the new green leaves of a honey locust tree, an empty old apartment building with enormous graffiti, and folks lined up for the 9th Ave. bus.

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Rajika Puri, storydancing

I have had the great privilege of seeing Rajika Puri perform many times; she is a living wonder, always continuing to create. If we had "National Cultural Treasures" here, she would be among them. Here, she is performing a piece racounting the life of the Hindu gods in dance, spoken word, song and mudra (roughly, the language of gesture) at the Joyce Soho Theatre, NYC.

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Spreading Joy...

A senior member of the Harambee Dance Co. spreads joy during her solo at the "Drums Along the Hudson" Festival. I love the way her hands have become ghostly shadows, just like a drummer's! Also, the sun is going down, so her head is in shade, while her skirt is still in sunlight.

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Reflection: Self-portrait with Tattooed 'Friend'

I almost entitled this "Dirty Picture," as the surface of this reflection is filthy. The poster advertises a TV program about tattoos; careful, they're going mainstream! This was taken about a block north of Columbus Circle, part of which is reflected here. I LOVE the way the reflection alters (erases part of) the face of the tattooed man. There's a group here (which I don't belong to) called "self-portrait Tuesday;" that's when I took this, even though I'm posting on a Wednesday. Thankfully, I'm barely recognizable...

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Little Muslima Dancer from Mindanao

...dancing as member of the company Kinding Sindaw (Dance of Light) at the "Drums Along the Hudson" festival. She was about 8 years old--really tiny--but so graceful, with truly extraordinary hand movements. And look at the beautiful shadow she made on the wall! The company's program was way too short and I didn't get a chance to take all the pictures I would have liked. I'm going to have to see them elsewhere around town...

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Reflecting Puddle

A reflecting puddle in my neighborhood between showers on what was, as you can see, a very grey day. The same day, as well as since, I took other puddle shots, but the water wasn't clean like uptown, and the reflection was muddled, the image reflective anything but pristine. Taken five weeks ago, this tree still had its wintry bareness, but is now covered in green, leafy finery...

Blogged by Urban Nature.

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Dancer, Merce Cunningham Co.

This was one of the most difficult shots I've ever made. The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. was performing a site-specific work in Battery Park, where the only lighting came from dim footlights! Most of my shots were coming out badly; the lack of light was nearly total... Finally, I devised a technique for capturing: wait for someone to be on one foot, they can't "run" that way... It worked!

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Faire la moue {...making a pout}

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....during West Indian Carnaval Parade, 2003; it was raining yet again. I don't know what she was thinking (her reaction to the rain?), or if she was about to say something, but this woman's pouty expression is deliciously enigmatic...
Edit: I have applied the crop very generously suggested by entrelec.

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Green Person with Quizzical Passerby

After the Mermaid Parade, 2005 in Coney Island, Brooklyn. This green person, a highly unusual sea creature, was highly exhuberant and happy to pose, this was my third photo... Along came a young man, who clearly hadn't been to the Mermaid Parade, on his way to the beach or the rides at Astroland. His quizzical expression is priceless; no reaction, just a very subtle questioning with his gaze--quite the NY sophisticate!
Coney Island; Brooklyn, NY

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Fall Leaves, Storm King Arts Center

I like this photo because it reminds me of "trompe l'oeil," art that fools the eye. The reflection on the window gives me the odd feeling of being inside looking out and outside looking in at the same time... Taken at the Storm King Arts Center, a mostly outdoors sculpture park named after nearby Storm King mountain, located in Mountainville, NY. Visit virtually at: www.stormking.org/

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