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Thursday, August 19, 2010

On What's Down Under the Manhattan Bridge, and Down Under

Dumbo, NYC
Photo by myself, around Water and Jay Streets, in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
At the end of a cobblestone street, beyond the Manhattan Bridge, is the Brooklyn Bridge.

Named DUMBO for 'Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass', this neighborhood has its own vibe. There are many converted warehouses now used for offices and apartments.


Tuesday night, I was absolutely blown away by a short film called Salt which aired on PBS, a major public TV station here in the US. It was part of POV (Point of View), an award-winning, independent documentary film series.

Murray Fredricks, a noted Australian photographer, filmed his trips to the salt flats in his country. The landscape is stunningly stark. The isolation is incomprehensible.

Fredricks shacks up in a modest tent, in the midst of what looks like a moonscape. He reflects on stuff. He experiences. He is windswept. And his images are incredible.

Using a large format (film) camera, Fredericks photographed the night sky. Since it was film, of course, he had no idea whether any of his results were good until he returned to civilization.

You may have missed the TV airing, but you can still watch Salt online until September 17. Unfortunately the streaming version is only available in the US. For those not in this country, check out Frederick's still images, here.

For the POV website, listing other interesting documentaries, click here.

Related posts: On Display at Atlantic/Pacific, Brooklyn, Backstage in the West Village and Street Photography on Display, Below Ground.


Olivier said...

superbe vue sur le Brooklyn Bridge...un quartier d'artiste

WTakeuchi said...

Hi Kitty. I just saw the Salt photos of Mr. Fredricks and they are absolutely fantastic. Until I got to the pictures where he or his shed appears, it is rather difficult to have the dimension of where he is. Very beautiful photos. Thanks for the link.

Ken Mac said...

great shot and thanks for the POV tip

jolie jamie said...

Love dumbo! and the little park between the two bridges. Great photo opp!


Alistair said...

Where's Rupert going when you are in Japan?

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier. Yes I guess this area is known for its artists. It's very eclectic here.

Hi Washington
So true. It's difficult to sense scale in those photos. Some don't look like nature at all, but look more like paintings.

Thanks Ken!

Hi Jolie
Yes, the park by the East River is very nice. The day we were there, there were many families enjoying their time outside.

Hi Alistair
Rupert will be looked after by our dog walkers, who are great. He will have a little vacation of his own, and we'll miss him terribly.

Mr.MDL said...

Great picstures ! :)
I love New York ^^
It's magic city.
come to my blog
I'm from Poland :D
thx ;]