As you may have seen from my Instagram (@KellyWPhotog), I am finally back from the wild blue yonder of Las Vegas. I was out west to attend the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference. Not that much news to report, but I did manage to take some street photos while I was there. Here, dear readers, is my take on Las Vegas.
It’s the middle of the week, so I thought it might be a good time to share another dose of warmth from Florida. This time I am sharing with you photos from a recent trip I took to Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island, both located just outside of Clearwater, Florida. Think warm thoughts, New York!
Happy new year, everyone! As you can tell from my Instagram (@KellyWPhotog), I am still on vacation in Florida. As such, I have been slow to get back to the social media grind. I thought I might ease into the regular blog schedule by sharing a few photos from Florida with you.
I took a trip to Governors Island on Saturday (and again on Monday). Here is my story:
Wednesday provided a much needed break from the rain and humidity, so I decided to celebrate with an adventure to Dead Horse Bay. Not your typical way to spend a day off, but a fascinating lesson in NYC history nonetheless. Find out how this beach got its name and enjoy photos from my trip that started in the Far Rockaways and ended in Coney Island.
I was on my way back from a wedding event, of all things, and heard this huge commotion coming from Times Square. There were helicopters overhead, so I knew something was up. Sure enough, a group of anti-Trump demonstrators were marching towards Times Square after protesting the candidate at a Republican black-tie affair uptown. I caught up with the group on 49th Street, and this is where it got ugly. The protesters seemed to be trying to antagonize the cops, who were absolutely not going to turn the other cheek. A protester was violently arrested right in front of me. I witnessed three cops about to lose control and go after the protesters, only to be calmed down by other cops. The protesters, for their part, seemed a bit clueless with no definite path of where they would be marching. I spoke with one protester and the original goal was to reach Times Square, though they would probably be headed down to Union Square she said. The group represented a mix of interests including anti-Trump and Black Lives Matter.
Coney Island Creek is where rotting ships from the past rise to the surface every low tide. I first visited this hidden spot years ago when you had to sneak in through the Home Depot parking lot to find it. With a fancy new park surrounding the ships, the element of danger is perhaps gone, but the ships remain the same. My last visit to the area was (I think) in 2010. Since then its as if the ships have merged into one another to create one big heap of wreckage. The submarine is still in the middle of the creek — find out more about it here in a New York Times article — but not much else has changed. If you go, first make sure to visit during high tide. That’s really the best time to visit and the only time to be able to walk along the shore.
My flight to Tampa is running an hour late, but that has given me enough time to finally edit my photos from a recent trip back to the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In case you are not familiar with this cemetery – one of the oldest in NYC – you can read all about it here. In short, it is a cemetery where most of the gravestones were crafted from metal. The affects of New York’s rainy weather plus the toxicity of the surrounding industrial areas in turn created headstones so thick with rust that they appeared to be a new form of rotting matter entirely.
Photos from today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan. Lots of crowds, especially around 47th Street. I was caught in a group of, quite frankly, drunk idiots who created quite a dangerous situation pushing and shoving in an attempt to move against the crowd. Color me paraded out for the day. Enjoy the photos.
On Sunday, I attended the Atlas Obscura burlesque history lecture and cabaret performance at Acme Studios in Brooklyn. Performing that night were Albert Cadabra, Dirty Martini, Gin Minsky, Corvette Le Face, Ms. Tickle and Melody Jane. Here is a link to a full description of the evening. Kudos to the barteners; the cocktails were mighty tasty. Enjoy the photos, and make sure to put a few things on your calendar. First, the Nerdlesque Festival is coming up on April 1st and the NYC Burlesque Festival opens September 29th. Get your tickets now.