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Autumn on the Move in NYC

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Autumn, Beauty, Birds, Fall, New York, New York Landmarks, Parks, Photography, Poetry, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2015 by maine1nyc

My wife, Carol Driscoll, and I wanted to honor the waning Fall season by discovering a place which we have never been before, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, one of the most picturesque and beautiful areas in NYC. And are we glad we did! There are areas in this park where you can get a sense of what it must have felt like in NY hundreds of years ago. It has a rich history, and is a must visit, or I should say many visits, for a landscape photographer.

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It is an area that many winged beings like to visit. We didn’t see any unusual fliers this day, but were favorited by a being that is much taken for granted, including by myself, in NY—the pigeon. However, I was affected by this photo that Carol took, that had me reconsider. I’m also including a poem by Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, which can have all of us value this most overlooked bird in a new and surprising way.

New York Pigeons
By Ellen Reiss

New York City pigeons are bold.
They peruse the ledgers of dead economies.
They give me critical looks.

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Fall in Maine—Not Just Another Pretty Face

Posted in Acadia, Aesthetic Realism, Autumn, Beauty, Brunswick, Camden, Fall, Landscape, Maine, Photography with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2015 by maine1nyc

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Fall in Maine is one of the most vibrant and colorful places that you will ever experience. If you click the link below you will see what I mean. Fall is also about how some things can take on aspects that seem at first sight so unattractive, yet looked at more closely, they are simply beautiful—like the gourds on this page. This, I learned from Aesthetic Realism, is universally true because of the opposites, expressed by Eli Siegel in this statement, “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

The photos were taken in the Acadia, Camden & Brunswick areas of Maine. It was my great pleasure to be there and witness such beauty. Click here.

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Montauk Lighthouse Landscape

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Autumn, Beaches, Beauty, Fall, Landscape, Lighthouse, New York, New York Landmarks, Parks, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2014 by maine1nyc
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On a recent visit with my wife Carol to Montauk, LI to experience the last days of the fall season, I was reminded of just how beautiful this place really is. And as a special treat we were greeted with “breeze’n up” weather—great for photographing. As we approached one of the most photographed and historic lighthouses in the country, I was affected by how the surrounding reeds interacted with the lighthouse. The wind was blowing hard, with gusts of up to 50 mph, yet the reeds showed their strength & grace. They held their own, even as they swayed while the lighthouse stood firmly in the distance, somewhat blurred by the reeds. I wanted to capture not only the motion of the reeds, but also their individuality as they moved, because I felt this would highlight their graceful strength in relation to the stolid lighthouse.

I am stirred by this critically important essay, by Eli Siegel, “Art as Flexibility.” As he writes you get a new insight into how crucial this aspect of art is. It begins:

“Art shows reality as resisting, bending; asserting, fading—which is how it is. Reality is as it changes, and flexibility in art is a visual likelihood of a thing’s changing in space, while remaining what it is. As a stem of a flower sways in the wind, we have a sight of flexibility. Yieldingness as sight is much in pictures; the yieldingness that makes for strength is what we look for in art.”

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Your creative imagination will be inspired after reading this work. If you would like to see more of my photos of Montauk visit my web-site: harveyspears.com

Autumn In Phoenicia, New York

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Autumn, Beauty, Fall, Landscape, Photography, Poetry, Rivers on October 21, 2014 by maine1nyc

New York State is a very special place for me to take in the magnificence of this time of year. Here along the Esopus Creek in Phoenicia, I was swept by the beauty, drama and mystery that was all around.  To see more of my visual journey click here.

Here too is a poem I care for by Eli Siegel that expresses a deep reverence and excitement about autumn that I believe can add to the large emotion people have in this beautiful season.

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