2.09.2013

ARCHITECTURE OF SNOW

I had to go for a walk and see what was what after a beautiful snowfall. Amazing how much more I notice because of the reverse boldface of snow.




Primary colors. Primary school.


Living up here in Harlem I am much more aware of the geology of Manhattan. This has helped me get used to the unnerving feeling of not having my feet on the ground, living high up (even if only eight floors, it feels strange.)  I am in a valley, at the edge of the escarpment that is Morningside Heights. The morning sun hits St. John first and the snow made me more aware of the dome.


What drama in Harriet Tubman.


The snow has brought these faces to life, tears trickle down their cheeks.


Next to St. John the Divine, one of my favorite oddities.


And at the gates of Columbia University


18 comments:

Ann Espe said...

Beautiful images!

warren said...

wonderful!

William said...

Nice pictures Dominique. There is nothing more beautiful than the city after a snow - especially the architecture of Central Park. The more snow the better.

Mia said...

Yes, I understand what you mean...the not having your feet on the ground, living 8 floors up. Years ago we lived in the city, a beautiful apartment with great views, but, I couldn't get used to it. I remember having fitful nights for the whole year we were there.
The pictures are beautiful, I think your living situation suits you, at this time in your life. Maybe you'll become a country girl again, another time, another chapter. I would love to hear more about your experiences living in the city, maybe in a new book???

Leslie in Portland, Oregon said...

Lovely photographs. My son arose early in Fort Greene, Brooklyn to take some shots very similar your first two...before the snow was much marked by human activity.

I too have had difficulty getting used to living high up, but for me, it felt more like a visceral need to be able to go directly outside, and to the ground, from my own abode. Helped by the joys of living in New York City, I eventually did become accustomed to living in an apartment many stories up, but I always knew I'd return to living in a home that included some outside space, some earth, as well as some inside rooms. Maybe now, as it feels more and more like time to "downsize," I should think beyond that particular box.

Looking forward to hearing more about your transitions, as always, Leslie

Jessie said...

Particularly love the snowblower photo! Great shot!

Pamela Burke said...

These are beautiful pictures. There is nothing more heavenly than a city after a snowfall. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Jayne Rogers said...

We took a walk in New York during a snowfall many years ago, and fell in love. Still together, the love of my life! Snow is a powerful thing - especially in New York City!

JSBB said...

Thanks not only for the photos, Dominique, but for the ideas: the "reverse boldface" of snow among the black architectural details; the primary colors at the primary school; the detail of tear trickling from the corner of an eye... Thanks for sharing the wonders that your eyes find.

Mia said...

Off topic, just wondering if David Terry is still checking in here at Slow love life. I miss his wonderfully interesting posts! Please come back to us if your reading David, I hope all is well with you and your family.

Darlene said...

David does write wonderful posts. He would be a main, and colorful character in your much loved book. I also enjoy your wonderful posts, Mia. It's nice to know someone cares about each one of us on Slow Love Life. So many creative people here, especially Dominique. I'm not one of them, but I'm still drawn to this blog.

Mia said...

Thank you Darlene and lets hope we hear from David again soon!

Lisa said...

Next snow, (or when the daffodils are blooming) you should head up to our neighborhood which is at even higher ground than where you are now. Ft. Tryon Park is lovely in all seasons and the Cloisters are right there for some art. I love your neighborhood too- my little one is in school there now, so I get to see it every day.

Linda said...

Did I miss something. When did you move to Harlem, please tell us about your new home. The last time I looked, you sold the Rhode Island home and was staying at a friend's home in Rhode Island. Please tell. Linda

slow love life said...

I so agree! I miss David too. I know he was in the middle of a big move, an entire household....Yoo Hoo, David! Calling at the garden gate!

slow love life said...

Cannot wait to get up there, and will indeed. Just picked up a Cloisters brochure at the Met....

slow love life said...

Renting in Harlem, as I must be in the city for so much work stuff, and it was too difficult to be alone up in Rhode Island all winter....yes, will tell all about it, soon enough...still processing. thank you for asking

slow love life said...

marvelous. cheers!