under the BQE

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Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Tears Of Rage, The Band, Music From Big Pink, 1968 | LINK

the photography:
when i was first out of college i moved to the city of boston. it was a big city compared to the small vermont town (3,000+ population) i grew up in. i was a little wet behind the ears when it came to cities but i figured if my parents could weather nyc through the 60’s and 70’s, i could probably make it through beantown fairly unscathed. the urban landscape, as an entity, has always fascinated me. during my lunch break or when i could wrangle up a sunday afternoon, i would grab my little mp3 player (pre-ipod), my gigantic sony headphones (dj styled ear muffs), my camera, and my transit pass and head out over the largest urban landscape in the great state of massachusetts. not much has changed since those early days of riding the red line down to southie and hopping off to walk to the ocean. these days i kick around chicago in much the same manner. whilst in new york recently, i did took a foot/train tour of brooklyn. on this particular morning, i spent much of my time off the beaten path walking under the brooklyn queens expressway next to the east river. it was a fascinating hour and a half walk from the bottom of cobble hill to the brooklyn bridge (i obviously took my time). here are some photos from that walk. at some point, i will get the chance to put together a show titled “under the bqe” and i will fill it with oversized prints of the cracks in the structure that holds the highway in place. until that day, here is a snippit of what that walk was like. along with some wide shots of the street i was on are some close-ups of the buildings around that area. they are old factories and harbor buildings. years of paint and metal and rust and brick. fun. sorry trevor, these are all horizontal. my bad.

the music:
this first track from their 1968 debut is one of the greatest songs ever written. richard manuel walks us down a lonely road about family, relationships, and misunderstanding with distinct frustration and pain. robbie robertson’s wah and flanger covered guitar crawls along the beat while a distinct bass line brings us home. organ, saxophone, and tom-toms accent this track. i find it hard not to bite my lip and get angry with him. it’s indeed a truly breathtaking five minutes and twenty one seconds.

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