NEW YORK NEW YORK – Those of you who have followed these pages for some time know that we’re usually in Connecticut on weekends. Well not on this particular day. I drove back down to New York early this morning to attend a reunion at Columbia. A thoroughly enjoyable day. I spent a couple of hours in a tour of St. John the Divine, the massive, unfinished Episcopal cathedral here in Morningside Heights near the Columbia campus. Construction started in the late 19th Century on a Romanesque plan; around 1910 or so a new high gothic plan was developed so the structure is partly gothic and partly Romanesque. Pretty odd. Traditional building techniques were used – the construction is all masonry – there is no structural steel. This means that construction has been slow and expensive. Work stopped for after Pearl Harbor and was not restarted until the 1970. Work stopped again early in this Century when the Church decided that the money was better spent on its mission that this massive pile of stone.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – A quote from the Warren Congregational Church website:
Field of Flags Service
at the Warren Congregational Church
All are invited to this special service to honor those who lost their lives
in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, their families and friends and all our
service men and women past, present and future!!!
There will be a pot luck dinner after the service
The Field of Flags is a silent, patriotic and poignant reminder of the cost of war. Each flag represents not simply one casualty, but the family members and friends who have been touched by that life now gone. They represent our respect for those who have served and are currently serving in the military and our hope for peace in the future, for a time when no one is called upon by our country to give the greatest sacrifice
Images of the field of flags taken with my Leica M9 and 50mm Noctilux lens and 18mm lens.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I took a walk today from the Flatiron Building to my office, with my Leica M9 and 18mm lens in hand. Some images came out well. Some not. Why should this day be any different than any other? I’m always moved by the display of ribbons on the fence at Marble Collegiate Church. They signify prayers that the congregation has dedicated to dead American service men and women in Central Asia. By the way, I’m converting a lot of images to black and white – this is the run up to the Leica Monochrom (sic), which I have on order. Here you go:
WARREN CONNECTICUT – We had some statuary sent back fro Bali when we were last there (probably a decade ago). This Garuda is still with us. We put it in s small nook in the garden that had become overgrown, but we cleared it out last fall to expose the statue again. The Indian version of this god, which you can see by following the link above, seems almost protestant comapred to the Balinese version, which looks like it’s on acid. I took this with my ALPA Max and 120mm Schneider lens with about 2 degrees of tilt.
On this day last year: look up! Taken with a Hasselblad back on my Alpa TC.