Pauses: Online, in New York, in Prospect Park, and Photographically

I haven’t posted to this site since early summer.  Since then, I’ve paused in New York and immersed myself into the concerns and demands of mundane daily life in the city of my birth.  A friend refers to my prolonged stay here as a term of protracted participant research into the increasing bifurcation of a society, the hyper-gentrification of a city, massive demographic changes, the rendering of whole categories of people into superfluity and neglect, and the slow-grinding wheels of unresponsive bureaucracies. In the course of other investigations, I’ve gained two arcane municipal licenses: as a certified tourism guide and as a substitute teacher in New York’s Byzantine and overburdened public school system.  Betwixt and between, as always: study, reading, work, and long urban wanderings.  As often as not, my late-day pauses involve fast walks or slow strolls through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. And my pauses while traversing the Park include stops at number of seemingly random sites including those portrayed above and below: A tree fractured at its trunk, its halves bound together by iron rods below and by near-intertwined branches above, and at the Park’s boathouse, silent and deserted at dusk on late winter afternoons.  There’s been pause in my photography as well: I do not have an analogue camera with me and my perpetually malfunctioning Fuji X-100 digital camera seemed to have given up the ghost during the chill of winter although, as evidenced by the two accompanying photos, every now and then it miraculously springs back to life, for the moment at least. (Note: Please click on the photos for larger images and richer tonality.)

2 comments
  1. Great photos!
    Will you be in NY from now on?
    Purim same’ach!

    • Dear Ernat. Firat, belated good wishes for your 70th! I’d also taken a pause from aocial media and peraonal correspondence; my apologies for the latter. The next months will reveal how much time I spend on which side of the ocean in the time to come. I’ll keep you posted. And to you and Sylvia: A gut yontif un a freylikhe Purim.

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