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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Morning, in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Sunday, Park Slope Photo by myself, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

It's just another Sunday morning in Park Slope.

A laundromat had a sign out on the sidewalk. There was a bench outside for people to sit and wait for their wash. And a Brooklynite walked his dog.

By law, dog owners have to pick up after their dogs, or risk being fined. The 'Pooper Scooper law' was first instated in 1978 and carries a $250 fine. Sidewalks and parks remain relatively clean, as a result.

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Friday morning, my fiance Mark drove into the city. I tagged along, looking forward to walking across town and taking photos. I got out around 23rd and 10th Avenue.

People were walking to work, coffee cups in hand. Store owners were rolling up their gates and hosing down the sidewalks. And..then..I discovered I forgot to put the battery back in my camera. D'oh!

It actually turned out to be a nice walk. I shuffled through the Flower District, all abloom with Spring. I heard the morning traffic and snippets of passing conversation.

All too often, the camera cuts you off from what's going on. You zoom in with all your senses to one scene or another, rather than taking the whole world in. And you stand a bit outside the scene, distanced from the goings on.

Of course, there were missed opportunities: the glint of morning sun on a passing profile, the expressions and sounds of people passing by. But in the end, I was so glad I was 'hands free' and fully *present* in the City.

3 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est vrai que c'est agreable de se promener sans son APN, mais ca fait un manque et dans ce cas, je passe mon temps a me dire, que j'aurais pu faire telle ou telle photo ;))

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

Kitty I think that's lovely you enjoyed the walk so much, sometimes the trusty camera needs a rest at home :)

liisamarja said...

i hate when the camera gives me a hard time...usually my own fault, though. i don't seem to be able to go and walk the dog without taking my camera along, i might miss a huge moose, or something smaller!