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New York City / Shelter Island

New York City / Shelter Island

Lower Manhattan Skyline by Naomi Yamada
New York City Photo snapshots by Naomi Yamada
New York city and Shelter Island photo grid by Naomi Yamada

It was a great blend to spend some time on a city island and then on an island island.  The two compliment each other perfectly. Just as I was getting a bit worn from adventuring all over the island of manhattan, I headed out to another island to reinvigorate by beach walking, bike riding and sunset watching.

I love New York. There are always new discoveries to be made, old favorites to re-visit, inspiration to uncover and  the joy of watching a city that is forever changing as it remains rooted in endless energy with a beauty all its own.  All of it is mesmerizing.

So as an ode to New York, I decide to do this composition experiment and organize my photos for this post as a grid.  Partially, in an attempt to echo the grid layout of New York and partially to challenge myself to use a square format (which is not my usual preference).

Here are a few of my favorite discoveries this trip:

Juices from Miss Lily's, where the vibe itself is nourishing.  Navy - I did a whole post on it I'm such a fan. Sunset drinks from the Wythe Hotel rooftop for sweeping romantic views and great people watching. You can then walk to Marlow & Sons for a pretty special dinner.  Speaking of dinner, Perla on charming Minetta Lane was my favorite this trip - they had it all down: service, atmosphere, delicious food all blended with a happy generous spirit.  And of course the art visits - I love the Spencer Finch installation on the High Line.  I visit it every time because to my heart and eye it is pure poetry.  I missed the two galleries I planned on seeing but was quite blown away by the Garry Winogrand exhibition at the Met.  It really made me think differently about my composing skills and ignited a desire in me to shoot black and white.  The Costume Institute's Charles James | Beyond Fashion was eye opening too but I might have connected more with seeing Goya's portraits of the Altamira Family (also on view this summer).... and then there was the Uta Barth triptych as part of an exhibition at MOMA that was of course my favorite. I just kept looking and looking at it, nothing groundbreaking subject matter wise but the execution and the treatment pulled me in.  And what do you know each photo was a square composition. 

 
 
Naomi Yamada grid illustration
 
 

All photos/illustration/handwriting by me.

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