New York City Diary

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Monday, August 28, 2006


Jenn's birthday was yesterday (Sunday), and I figured she'd know best what kind of birthday cake she wanted, so we went to Fortunato Brothers (a local Italian sweet shop we like--they made our wedding cake) and she picked out this fruit tart. It was delicious. The glazed fruit was sweet and perfect, and the tart part was creamy and delicious. A fine birthday cake, pie, tart, or what have you.

Birthday season seems to be upon us, or at least upon those I know. In rapid succession, I've wished my mom, dad, and Jenn happy birthdays, my sister's is coming up soon, and then mine isn't far behind. Birthdays are fun.

It was a rainy weekend, but we had a good time. On Saturday night I took Jenn to a restaurant in the neighborhood called Dressler, which was quite good. Then on Sunday we went to the International Center for Photography (cool cats call it ICP) to check out the work of Weegee, Atta Kim, and Marianne Brandt. It was all very interesting.

I think I liked the Weegee the best. He was famous for journalistic photos of crime scenes. The Atta Kim exhibit was experimental and cool. Jenn's favorite photo (and possibly my favorite as well) was a timed exposure of a block of ice melting. It seems pretty simple, but the result was quite fascinating. Marianne Brandt is best known as the first woman to be admitted to the Bahaus Metal Workshop, but she also made photomontages that depicted political and cultural events. They were very interesting.

I also liked the museum's water fountain. The button was hard to press in, but the water was cold and refreshing. Now I've got to get to work, because it's Monday morning, 9:00 a.m., and I haven't even showered yet. And I'm off!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Magical Hour in New York

I took this photo at Noah and Elizabeth's wedding reception on Saturday evening. While the photo itself is nothing to write home about, it does capture that certain quality of light that artists say occurs during the magical hours, both at sunrise and sunset. In my case, I usually only see the magical light at sunset. It's hard to describe what it is that makes the light so striking at these times, but it becomes softer and really brings out the colors in surfaces that look somewhat washed out during the mid-day hours. There's an especially good view from my office of all the pretty white buildings that line the eastern edge of Central Park on Fifth Avenue. As the sun begins to set, the various tones and colors come alive, and you realize why professional photographers like to capture images during those fleeting moments.