Today, I'm sticking with the familiar theme of billboards and signs. This time there is a twist, and who doesn't love a good twist? I shot the above a few weeks ago, but it is not part of my ongoing series "signs" and is in fact not an actual billboard. In a convergence of galactic proportions (at least for me), my favorite place to shoot is also featuring a sculpture installation starring one of my favorite fine art subjects-signs! Go check out Kim Beck's Space Available, now viewing from south end of the High Line.
Two weeks ago I watched the High Line planting crew plant over 8,000 plants in matter of just a few hours. Here are some photographs of the work in progress! Check out the High Line blog for more on the plantings shown and a fascinating discussion about microclimates and the logic dictating which plants go where.
Continuing on the theme of typologies and lifeguarding (albeit a short series this time), here are some Long Island lifeguard chairs patiently waiting for summer. The first shot is from Long Beach, the second is from Jones Beach.
Another set of typologies shot in South Florida--this time in South Beach. Gotta love lifeguard stands! I could have shot these up and down the beach all day, but alas, I only had one morning to shoot in Miami and lots of locations to hit!
Here's the story on the stands. Two of these were part or the original five whimsical stands designed by William Lane Architect in 1995 after Hurricane Andrew. They won an AIA Award for Excellence in Design and are a popular fixture on South Beach. The round one, also known as the "Jetson Tower", was co-designed by artist Kenny Scharf. Does the name sound familiar? It should--I recently posted a shot of his take on the Houston Street Wall in NYC. The others are all variations on a more traditional utilitarian tower painted to add visual interest and a little spice to the beach.
Whoa, talk about a blast from the past. While I was in Florida, I borrowed a great pair of Ambervisions (aka Blublockers) from my wife's grandfather, "Poppy". Not only did I get to be the coolest kid in Leisureville by wearing them, I also got an amazing filter for some Iphone shots. Now I have to get my own pair...