Thursday, September 23, 2010

Brianna, volunteer gardener

Brianna and John. She is a volunteer gardener in Coffey Park, Red Hook; he is the full time gardener. They spent the morning with seven students from NYU spreading wood chip mulch round the Plane trees.

Headless woman

A store front on Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Woman in robe 1

During lunch in Red Hook with our friends Jason and Natasha, Jason mentioned a chapel around the corner where artists had moved in and divided the work space. He had walked by one day and stopped to look at the art on display outside the open doors. Danniel, above, was one of the artists. She asked them in to see the space and invited them to dinner for the following weekend. Danniel and two friends cooked four courses for seventeen people sitting at a long table. The entire chapel was lit by candlelight. Continued below next picture.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Woman in robe 2

Continued. As we left the restaurant and walked towards the chapel, Jason dialed her number, but she did not answer. He kept trying her and also pressed the doorbell... silence. He tried calling her again and this time she answered. She didn't remember him or Natasha at her dinner and told Jason she was not going to let us in. Jason spoke to her some more (I was out of earshot) and finally said to him that she was coming down. By this time I wanted to walk on and look for people to photograph. Then the door opened and this person appeared. She recognized Jason and Natasha and apologized. We stood chatting not quite believing what we saw in front of us. Caroline said to me quietly, "Aren't you going to take a picture of her?" The others dispersed and I took the photograph. "You must all come to my next dinner party." she said as we waved goodbye.

Natasha Chekoudjian, fashion designer

When I first photographed Natasha both Caroline and I were impressed by what she was wearing. Here she is with two more of her designs. She has the grace and elegance to match the flow of these garments. This is the link to her website:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gardener in large hat

We noticed the mulch used around his bit of the BBG, (herbs mostly, huge swathes of basil, purple sage etc) that looked very like soil. He told us it was Buckwheat hulls. Never seen a garden with fewer holes bored through the leaves of the plants... and they use no insecticides.

Shakespeare's gardener

Anne O'Neill manages and maintains the incomparable Shakespeare Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. It had been a long dry spell when we met her. "How do you get the water here?" I asked. "I carry the hose on me back." she replied.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Soothing moment at MOMA

His friend seems to understand the strain of being a photographer. He had had enough... or was it just the place, the people and the exhibitions that had got him down?

Green with pleasure

The bench is chained down, the dog is tethered to the post, and the owner is clamped by the headset. No escape for anyone or anything.