Home is a unique word. As adults most of us have a home. An actual current home we live in. Often though we talk about other homes from our past. The home we were raised in. The home we lived in after breaking out on our own for the first time. The home we move into with our significant others. The home we spend our final days. The word evokes so much, both good and bad. Earlier tonight, I was looking at this photo I took a few weeks ago on a ferry trip from Brooklyn to Rockaway Beach. The photographer half of me took it because the scene was so inspiring on a beautiful day. The other half of me, the emotional half realized that it was my home in so many ways.

Other than 4 years off for good behavior attending college in Massachusetts, this photo represents all my ‘homes’. On the right of this photo is Brooklyn, where I was born. It also shows Queens, where my wife and I have happily lived for over two years now. On the left is New Jersey, where I grew up and spent all my youth. In the middle of course is Manhattan, where I spent my most crucial years of development. It is where I began taking up photography. It is where I dived deeper into the rich diversity of music that was there for the taking. It is where I met Jennifer, the person who has changed my life the most in so many incredible ways. It is where I learned who I am, though of course that process is ever evolving. Finally, surrounding it all is water, which connects me with my spiritual home of Ireland. Those of you familiar with my posts know that water plays a crucial role in my photography. That ebb and flow feels like life itself, and for me that is a crucial realization. My physical home may change, but for now as I ride the most meager ferry, or sip a beer on a beach, the crucial ingredient to all of them has been a connection to the water. Lakes feed the rivers, which flow to the sea, which carry you away towards home…

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Monochrome Mondays

Several years ago now when I started taking photos with my first SLR camera I quickly realized that ships and harbor scenes would be regular themes in my work. Actually, I guess you could say transportation in general at this point, but I seem to have a particular affinity for ship photos. There is just something about the movement of ships across a busy harbor that I find intriguing. Small pleasure boats, ferries, cargo and passenger ships all darting around, all with a different agenda. New York Harbor of course has the added bonus of several islands scattered throughout that add to the panorama-Liberty, Ellis, Governor’s and Staten Island. When you actually get out on the harbor it is a thrill to see the unique views from whatever type of craft you are on. Such was the case with this photo, which I took while leaving the harbor on a cruise ship a few years ago. I get very excited in those types of situations (as my wife can attest to!) and though it was late November and chilly, that bright sun bathing the harbor in shadow made for some great shots like this one.

New York Harbor
New York Harbor