New York City In Light and Shadow
The following photos were taken in my hometown of New York City. Light and shadow dance in the urban landscape, and the timeless quality of the city hypnotizes us with its magic, its sense of wonder and awe.
The shadow is like a kiss from our ancestors, a sacred calling that connects us inexorably with the past. When this realization is upon us, it is then that we walk not in the land of our birth, but also wander in an eternal city, where we become one with the past, and are forever intertwined with all those who came before us in this strange and wondrous land. In Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Walt Whitman wrote:
Flow on, river! flow with the flood-tide, and ebb with the ebb-tide!
Frolic on, crested and scallop-edg’d waves!
Gorgeous clouds of the sun-set! drench with your splendor me, or the men
and women generations after me;
Cross from shore to shore, countless crowds of passengers!
Stand up, tall masts of Mannahatta!—stand up, beautiful
hills of Brooklyn!
Throb, baffled and curious brain! throw out questions and answers!