Saturday, August 23, 2008

Eire

Digging through old archives for a friend and found these buried in a hard drive.



According to legend, the causeway was built by an Irish giant to cross the channel and fight another giant in Scotland. After underestimating the Scottish giant's size and hightailing it back to Ireland, he was saved by trickery on the part of Mrs. Irish Giant, who so scared the Scottish Giant that he ripped up the rest of the causeway lest he be pursued back to Scotland.


Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland.



They lead to a monastery on Skellig Michael, 15 km off Ireland's Southwest coast and more a vertical outcropping of rocks than an island. People have been visiting the island for almost 1500 years - first Irish Celtic monks, then marauding Vikings, and now more adventurous-minded tourists willing to leave sight of land in a small boat. Stand still on the island and you can hear two things and two things only - cries of the gulls and the surf pounding seven hundred feet below you - a soundtrack on a loop since the beginning of time.


Skellig Michael, Irish North Atlantic.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Tree Grows in Manhattan


Plant growing under New York.
Freedom Tunnel, NYC.

Urban Archaeology

An accidental visitor might not realize they had stumbled into a cathedral under Manhattan. But then again, its hard to accidentally find your way into a place like this. If you know it exists and have discovered how to get in, you've come for one of two reasons: shelter or graffiti.





In a city known for world class museums, one of the finest has managed to remain quite literally underground. Freedom Tunnel is known for being the former home of an underground community of homeless people and the haunt of its namesake, the legendary graffiti writer Freedom. His earliest surviving works in the tunnel are from the mid 80's and have been untouched by other writers for over 20 years, a sign of immense respect. Despite Amtrak evicting the subterranean residents when they began to run trains again through the long-abandoned tunnel, graffiti artists continue to make the pilgrimage and surround Freedom's murals with works by modern masters.






Light coming through evenly-spaced grates above creates a dramatic museum style effect, highlighting work all the way down the otherwise dark corridor.



Self-portrait.



Giant recreation of Goya's The Third of May (stitched, no lens wide enough).



Homage.









The shantys once inhabited by tunnel residents were bulldozed when they were evicted. Remnants of a past civilization are still strewn everywhere.



The conclusion of Freedom's huge mural depicting the contentious relationship between the tunnel's residents, the city, and the police. Known as the "Coca Cola Mural," it forms the centerpiece of Freedom Tunnel.







Freedom Tunnel, NYC.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Flexing






NYC, 33rd and 3rd

Friday, August 1, 2008

Flash in the Pan

New Flashified story gallery is up. They're in no particular order, this is something I'm using to direct potential publishers who want to see the work to. I haven't heard much and I know there's a few confusing duds lurking in there, so feedback is definitely still appreciated (on the load time as well, hard to gauge from here since it loads locally). I'll start shopping it next week.