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August 28, 2007

Moon Over Manhattan

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The Wife and I were walking home through the Village after a pleasant evening -- a pretty good Zen talk (given by this guy), followed by designer burgers to die for -- when I spotted the moon posing prettily above a glamorously-illuminated building. When you're a Manhattanite, it isn't often that you notice the moon at all -- tall buildings and bright lights are usually all-too-effective at concealing and / or drowning out the moon's beauty. Inspired by the moment, I pulled out the cheapo Kodak, braced myself against a tree, and hoped for the best.


OK, so maybe tripods and expensive cameras have their uses after all ... Still, my snap struck me as a fun example of the inept-shakeycam genre. And that's a nice Arthur Dove-ish sky, no?



UPDATE: Brian shows off his own, far more memorable, moon-over-Manhattan photo.

posted by Michael at August 28, 2007


You don't have a camera on your cellphone?

Posted by: Peter on August 28, 2007 11:55 AM

I guess the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie, huh?

And I thought the big fat full moon in Moonstruck was for real!!!

Posted by: annette on August 28, 2007 3:54 PM

Designer burgers?????

Now I have heard everything...

Posted by: Adriana on August 28, 2007 4:16 PM

One of my favorite Manhattan memories was when I was walking home through Union Square after school and saw about forty or fifty people looking up and to the right. The full moon was just going into an eclipse. We all stood and stared for fifteen minutes as it disappeared and - thank goodness! - came back. Then, without a word, everyone dispersed.

New York can be weird.

You inspired me to put up my own New York moon picture, Michael. I took it in college nigh on eight years ago. Pre-digital!

That statue is in Battery Park, and to get the shot I had to climb the pedestal and wrap my legs round her skirts and hang from her corsets at two in the morning. Luckily I didn't get nabbed for sculpture frottage, which would have been a black mark.

Posted by: Brian on August 28, 2007 6:05 PM

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