Sunday, October 14, 2012

Brooklyn's Red Hook District

Red Hook is an area in South Brooklyn, named for the red clay soil and point of land jutting in to the Upper New York Bay.   Boasting the only area in New York City with a full frontal view of the Statue of Liberty, this neighborhood is home to 11,000 people.

Dominating the area is an Ikea store, a huge mass of blue and yellow that greets the visitor arriving in to Red Hook by water taxi from Manhattan or by city bus or the free Ikea shuttle bus. 

On a fabulously sunny autumn Saturday, I join twenty other photographers from a meetup group for a walk through Red Hook.  When the sun is low and the shadows throw themselves across the cobbled streets and the brownstone buildings, like lovers bidding their final farewells, this neighborhood becomes a photographer's mecca for all things old and abandoned.  From boats, ships, cranes warehouses, housing complexes and old buses, my heart leaps with excitement at all their is to capture.

We are blessed with great weather and great companions.  I'm personally smitten with a group of kids who eagerly encourage me to take their pictures.  Thank you Jermaine, Angel, Butter, Tito, Squirrel and Superman for painting my day with your smiles and your laughter.

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