Photography: Roosevelt Island 4/13/21
Since purchasing a new full-frame
Canon 6D Mark II, I’ve been wandering around town with it in tow. Of course, I get to know the camera more while getting great shots — and I get some exercise, fresh air and sunlight. Plus it’s something else to do besides watch TV all day or play video games.
Earlier this week, I went to
Roosevelt Island, one of the stranger parts of the city to wander around and take photos. Check out some photos below.
Caption: Smallpox Hospital Ruins, Roosevelt Island. Currently, the only ruins in New York on the National Historical Registry, the ruins are eerie and unsettling. With the ruins going through an extensive stabilization project, they’re currently fenced off to the public — but I hope to one day take pictures of the interior of the ruins.
Caption: Reflections, Roosevelt Island.
Caption: Cherry blossoms in bloom, Roosevelt Island.
Caption: Apocalyptic Staircase, Motorgate Parking Garage, Roosevelt Island.
Caption: Apocalyptic Escalator, Motorgate Parking Garage, Roosevelt Island.
Caption: Apocalyptic Spiral Staircase, Motogate Parking Garage, Roosevelt Island.
Caption:: Angles and lines, Motorgate Garage, Roosevelt Island.
Caption: Tom Otterness’ The Marriage of Money and Real Estate.,
Caption: Sabrina at The Octagon.
Unconcerned and indifferent flocks of Canada geese wander around the island. The animals are so unconcerned and indifferent that I was able to get about a year or so from them. I also saw them not care about the occasional car or motorcycle that passed by,. It was as though they felt and believed that they owned the island. Oddly, I noticed that while taking photos of these geese the tone of them as limping and seemed very hurt. As it hobbled away from me, I noticed that it was someone missing a foot. Seriously.
Caption: Windows and Squares, Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is interesting to me because there’s all of this weird architecture — some of it looks utilitarian and almost Soviet bloc-like. Or like this rather weird building. And then you have the relatively new Cornell University tech buildings.
Caption: Squares, Windows and Angles. This is from the same building as in the previous picture — but the focus being the lower floors/community space or whatever. Oddly, this part of the building screams “public hospital” built in the 70s to me.
Caption: In case you forgot: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Caption: Roosevelt Island is the home of one of the oddest things I’ve seen: an art gallery that has taken over part of the vestibule and outer areas of a parking garage and an old, under-used depot for the Roosevelt Island Tramway. My sense is that most of the art has been done by locals — but there’s not much in the way of signage to explain where it all comes from.
Caption: RI. Not that one, the other one. The one you probably don’t know much about.
Caption: Roosevelt Island Tramway tower.
For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: