Meandering Days – Part One

June 23, 2009 § 10 Comments

The last week was a strange one. I was walking through the Village with no apparent goal.

For those of you who know me well, that is somewhat unlike me. No apparent goal, that is.

So I ask you: Despite yourself, don’t you do it sometimes too, even if unwilling to? And isn’t it oddly liberating?!

I rambled around the streets, catching sunny and cloudy days, afternoons and evenings, the static and the moving. Things, places, people. I dumped the critical and the seeking eye. What I am finally ready to offer to you today, are these meanderings. Aimless and impulsive. And to you, I hope, interesting.

That little window, this building, that sprawl in the park. Those walking, sitting, brooding. I catch them all.

And now I am waxing poetic. Which is a characteristic I try to suppress, for some un-understood reason. Perhaps, you would tell me why I shouldn’t. And still…aren’t there too many wannabe poets wooing the world already? Ah, what is that I hear you say? Yeah, too many wannabe photographers too :)  I agree.

Hmm…that was fun.

On a serious note (how cliched our phrases are!), in the last week I have been fretting over the lack of time in my weekly schedule, and how, despite that, I need to figure out a way to work towards improving this blog. Since I started this project, my goal has been to capture the essence of NYC. The marooning, brimming, contradictory life in this city. Not just through photographs, but also with words, honest insight and diligence. All of that has been employed (I dare say), and still, I feel dissatisfied with my journalistic efforts (ha, already?!). I would like to make more time to talk with more New Yorkers, interview, research, have a discourse. And then bring you my own intriguing snapshot in time. I confess, I have been falling behind on the primary research; more specifically , on one-to-one interviews.

I am playing with different ideas in my head, in a bid to find myself more time and to bring to you a more ardently researched article once in every two weeks. Wha???! Nope, this does not mean that I will now post only once in two weeks. That would be too long a wait to converse with you, my dear reader. But, I am thinking on the lines of changing the flow of my posts. Perhaps, two different formats alternating every week. Don’t ask me what that entails, I am still tinkering with my instincts. But yes, I will let you know, and very soon.

Until then, why don’t we revel in the days that we have been apart? Here is what I have been lingering on…on streets with names I do not care to recall.

Casa-Restaurant

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White-Window

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Window-Fan

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White-Wall

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Greenwich-Village-Architecture

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Greenwich-Village-Architecture

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Greenwich-Village-Architecture

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Greenwich-Village-Architecture

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Greenwich-Village-Architecture

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The-Little-Owl-Restaurant

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Greenwich-Village-Architecture

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Village-Architecture

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Bus-NYC

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Yellow-Wall

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Greenwich-Village-Construction

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Greenwich-Village-Graffiti

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Van-Art

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NYC-Sidewalk

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Tell me…if you are a wanderer too. And if you enjoyed this walk.

The streets are never empty, are they! Even if there are no people in sight. Wandering is a little bit like being here and now. We tend to take in what’s there, just as it is offered to us, without judgment.

The walk, however, isn’t over yet :) So strap your shoes, and pace yourself! Part Two of my meanderings follows this post. A little different flavor to it, yes, but you will need to see to find out. Get clicking!

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§ 10 Responses to Meandering Days – Part One

  • saundra says:

    I just love your pictures and how you capture the uniqueness of NY. The pictures compliment the commentary. Makes me want to go out and find the places/things you photographed. Now when I am “meandering”, I will take time to really see NY. Thanks for another perspective.

    • The Juicer says:

      Hey Saundra- so happy to see you here again! (It’s a secret triumph!:D)
      And thank you for the observation. Means a lot to me. At times, it’s difficult to see the mundane, which is actually so beautiful in retrospect. Whether in the city we are living in, or when traveling to a new place (for different reasons). I had a professor back in school who kept hammering us with the philosophy of ‘Being here and now’. And it keeps coming back to me.
      How many times have we walked down a familiar street, and actually looked at what’s around us? Each building, store, sign…and the people…their poses, expressions…preoccupations. A confession, and I might sound a little nutty when I say this, I am constantly making an effort to see.

  • Tom Hardin says:

    Your know you are good when i see the same things in my city as you in yours. The architecture is much better in yours, though. I need a normal e-mail address for you.
    TTYL
    Your Friend,
    Tom in Dallas

  • Tom Hardin says:

    PS Yes I looked at part 2 first, haha.

  • Lovely! I love the pic where the arch of the streetlight is in focus and the blue doors with the wisps of white flowers.

    If you linked the pics here back to the ones on your flickr page, it would be a lot easier to favorite them and go back to them for inspiration. :)

  • Yashasvi says:

    I love the shot of the polished yet dirty windows; and I like the pic of the crossroad, bus moving and the traffic light arm sneaking in.

    • The Juicer says:

      I like how you describe the traffic light as an arm ‘sneaking in’!
      Thanks yash, your comments are precious, and they help me learn. Keep ’em coming!

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