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Sunday, September 2, 2012

On the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and Deadlines Every Second

ESB and Chrysler Buildings
Photo by myself around 24th Street and Eighth Avenue, in Chelsea.

At one Chelsea public school playground, kids can climb the Empire State Building and Chrysler Buildings to their little hearts' delight. I am sure King Kong impersonations run rampant.

As you can tell from the white sky and barren tree, this photo is from the stash. We are recovering from our 12-hour flight home from Japan.

We flew JAL (Japan Airlines), which we highly recommend. We came home to a very happy reunion with our dog, Rupert, who spun himself around like crazy til he dropped on the floor in shock, haha.

Then sometime around 6 pm yesterday, Mark and I felt like those cartoon characters desperately in need of toothpicks to keep our eyelids open. Now we were up at 4 am. It will take several days to re-adjust.

Before collapsing, we so were lucky to catch a documentary on PBS by chance. The hour-long movie is called Deadline Every Second, and contained interviews with 12 Associated Press (AP) photojournalists.

Most of the photographers are men, and I can see why; their job can be very physical. I was particularly inspired by Tara Todras-Whitehill, a female photographer in the Middle East, who literally had to do battle against pushy crowds every day.

Many of the photojournalists are stationed in war areas. (Be warned, some of the footage is graphic). All of the photographers are fantastically gifted and passionate about photography. I was riveted and moved by what they do - make sense and stunning visual art out of sometimes horrific circumstances.

If you are interested in photography, do a search of your public television station schedule. If the movie isn't scheduled, suggest it!

Unfortunately, the full movie is not online, but the dvd is available on Amazon. For more information, see the Deadline Every Second webpage, here.

Related posts: On the Rockefeller Tree and New York in Pictures, Shooting Film, in Tribeca and the Times, and The Look, Outside the Dakota.


Rose ~ from Oz said...

I agree Kitty that our photojournalists are amazing and incredible people. They have my highest respect.
How sweet that Rupert was so pleased to see you, may you and Mark get lots of rest and be back on your feet in no time.
Lucky kids - great playground equipment!

biebkriebels said...

A jetlag is so uncomfortable, I have read you must eat tomatoes??!!
Well I prefer to be a hobbiest photographer to a journalist one. It is good they show the world things which are otherwise not known.