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Walks in My New York: A Story in Paintings, Photographs, and Text

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Walks in My New York: A Story in Paintings, Photographs, and Text

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211 pagine
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Pubblicato:
May 4, 2015
ISBN:
9781439651124
Formato:
Libro

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This is a book about New York City, as seen through the eyes and sensibilities of Danish architect and artist Mikael Olrik. The combination of watercolor, photograph and text offers the reader an original, multi-dimensional experience of a city so well known and yet still to be discovered, still mystifying. Trained to identify both what is important and what is distinctive, Olrik is gifted, with an intuitive sense of what to capture, what is abiding and totemic about a particular place. While one might anticipate the pastoral Central Park scenes and such landmarks as the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge, the images of Soho tenements and Williamsburg street scenes serve as stark reminders that New York may very well be the most complex city in the world, a city Mikael Olrik respectfully refers to as a living organism. After many extended stays there, he is comfortable in New York; always ready to process its changes and embrace its surprises, but never complacent or jaded.'Walks in My New York" is just that - a strolling, personal tour of New York City and parts of four of its boroughs. >p>Thoughtful guide, Mikael invites you to join him. Positioning you at each stop, he gives you the broad view of an architect, the specificity of an artist, the straight-forwardness of a photographer, and the companionable text of a diarist. You are drawn in and made complicit in the experience. As a bonus, small maps accompany each entry and act as a sort of 'GPS' in print. Mikael Olrik sees to it that you have everything you need to explore a great and restless city abounding in sights and stories. Everything, that is, except a pair of sturdy walking shoes!
Pubblicato:
May 4, 2015
ISBN:
9781439651124
Formato:
Libro

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Walks in My New York - Mikael Olrik

Downtown

Downtown is the birthplace of Manhattan. The seeds for the borough were sown in the southern most tip. From there the city expanded northward and, in due course, became the metropolis we know today. Downtown has its own special configuration, a holdover from its more or less haphazard beginning almost 500 years ago.

Soho

Spring Street/West Broadway

Ginkgo trees are very common in New York. However, at the crossing of Spring and Thompson streets they are special to us because we live here and this is our place. There is always lots of activity in the huge playground at the corner. We often see basketball and other ball games played up against a wall, and in summertime there’s a swimming pool. As soon as the weather allows, the concrete tables with chessboards become a local rendezvous spot. It’s pretty much like being in a village. People know and visit each other a lot.

The last time we were here – on the day we were leaving – right before we had to fly home, we shot a small film from this area for use at an upcoming exhibition. Mikael sat at the chess table furthest away, Lone did the filming, and we walked around a little taking some more shots. A few hours later, on the flight home, we decided to watch the latest Woody Allen movie. The movie opens in a very surprising way: at the very same chess table where Michael had been sitting just a few hours ago. The leading character is playing chess with a small girl. He gets up and strolls around, following almost exactly the same route we had taken while shooting the scenes for our short, humble film. Coincidence? Well… a lot of movies are filmed in this area. Within a week we saw as many as three different film shootings. This tells you something about the importance of the area, its pictorial qualities, and how attractive this place

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