Inside each of us…

astor hall

Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.

Mary Oliver

I just returned from a rejuvenating trip to New York City. I love that city with an inexplicable passion, and have ever since I first travelled there in the early 80’s. And it’s a feeling that has come back each of the 12 or 13 times since then.

I went this time, for many reasons, but partly to make images. In every location we visited, others were taking pictures too. Now, many of these pics were no doubt travel snapshots and the ubiquitous selfies that are taken to prove to friends you went somewhere…

But I think the urge to photograph New York goes deeper than that. Everywhere you look in New York, there is so much visual richness and energy. I am convinced that visitors reach for their cameras and phones in an effort (not always totally conscious) to try to capture and take home some of the beauty and awe they experience.

At least I know I do.

This was taken in the magnificent Astor Hall of the New York Public Library.

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13 thoughts on “Inside each of us…

  1. One of the things I noticed as my husband and I ambled around Central Park in September on the evening before our cruise departure was that there were a LOT of people taking photos. And it made me feel like I belonged and certainly made me less self-conscious than I usually am in those circumstances. Of course, one of the things I realized about cities long ago {I grew up in NYC} is that nobody gives a diddly-squat what you’re doing or what you’re wearing. So glad you had a fabulous time! When do you head south?

  2. I feel that way about going up north, many return trips and still love it. For a big city, Chicago is so close for me but I never get there, hopefully I can change that starting next year. I love photography there. I have never been to NY but your shots have been wonderful to see.

  3. New York is a fabulous place for photography you have so many great captures. I hope to make it back there myself someday

  4. Very nice perspective Sherry. Such beautiful tones in the stone work. Your New York photos have been so much fun to see. It is also one of my favorite places.
    I have never done a photo tour there though. Your photos tell me that would be s good idea.

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