Harlem River Speedway and Washington Bridge

Below are two wonderful images from about 1905 that I found at Shorpy.com, an historical photo archive website. On the left is Highbridge Park and the Harlem River Speedway (the Harlem River Drive today) and dominating the center is the beautiful Washington Bridge.  I love the carriages!

View of Harlem River Speedway and Washington Bridge, c. 1905

View of the Harlem River Speedway and Washington Bridge, c. 1905

View of Harlem River Speedway and Washington Bridge, c. 1905

View of the Harlem River Speedway and Washington Bridge, c. 1905


A Bridge Delivered

Here’s a great time lapse video by Stephen Mallon documenting the installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge back in 2010.

A Bridge Delivered from stephen mallon on Vimeo.

2013 MSKCC Patient Art Show and BRIO Award

This past Monday was the opening show of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s 60th Patient Art Show, where I’ve been displaying samples of my work for the past few years.  This year I displayed two photographs of the Ward’s Island Bridge on canvas.  At the end of Monday’s opening night, neither was sold but I found out from a dear friend that by the end of Wednesday, the last day of the event, both had been sold.  So, this was great!

Later this week, I received an email from the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Awards Panel, which stated that I was not selected to be a 2013 BRIO recipient.  I was very hopeful that I would win one of their $3,000 BRIO awards given annually to selected Bronx-based artists in a variety of mediums.  I had hoped to use the award money to purchase a new camera, the Nikon D800.  At the same time, the recognition of A BRIO would be a fantastic way to get my name out there and make meaningful contacts.  Nevertheless, I will apply again in November when applications for the 2014 award become available.  One can’t give up.

Postcards of Harlem River Bridges

I’ve found and added a number of different paintings and photographs of the Harlem River Valley into my archives, but until only a couple of days ago I hadn’t thought much about postcards as sources.  It turns out that postcards are great sources!  They offer a historically accurate but also popular representation of each subject.  They are also fun to look at.  Below are a few of these postcards from the early 20th century.  Stay tuned for more.

Viaduct 155th Street, New York CityWashington Bridge, New York

High Bridge, New York $(KGrHqZ,!rIFCiY9F38+BQ6ZcnW9Qw~~60_57

How to Build a Better Portfolio

How does one create a better portfolio?  Following my portfolio review at the Bronx Documentary Center in February, I’ve been thinking about this question more and more.

Jasmine DeFoore, who has over 20 years in the photo industry, offers her helpful advice in this incredibly practical and easy-to-follow guide courtesy of PhotoShelter Blog.  Highly recommended!

High Bridge in the New York Times

Recently, in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, an article focused on the Highbridge section of the Bronx and the ongoing restoration of the crossing that gave it its name.


Bay Bridge Light Show

I, of course, was fascinated to learn about the world’s largest L.E.D. light sculpture and public art installation taking place on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  The NYT also has a short, informative video titled Bridge of Light about Leo Villareal’s inspiring project.