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Coriolistic Anachronisms | Manhattan’s Left Side

Coriolistic Anachronisms


Manhattan’s Left Side

A ferry ride up the East River from Brooklyn Bridge Park to 34th Street

Egyptians were well known for their profile art. They seemed to only be able to draw faces from a sideways perspective. We have found kings, gods, cats and everything in between, but only ever in their right or left incarnation. Never two eyes at a time, no complete smiles, nor a full display of anger. Centuries passed, civilizations rose and fell, but the face of Egyptians deities remained one-sided.

Sailing up the East River on a ferry recently after leaving behind a spring-bloomed mob to besiege the Brooklyn Bridge Park, I flipped my hat around and sat on the upper deck camera in hand like a tourist. To the west, Manhattan was showing us her left face – which is on the right when looking at a map.

I had to reflect on the very Egyptian nature of this view. Incomplete, stylized, undecipherable. But then again, I thought, one never gets the full picture in New York City.

So here are one-side snapshots of shorelines and skylines, the buildings seemingly exaggerated but trying to tell a story. And we need more cats.


  • John

    Superb! I gasped when the last image appeared. I recognize the spot, you’ve photographed from there before.

    Comment logged on 2014-4-26
  • Dreamer

    … and would you remind me of what those wooden pegs are for ? Yes, superb pictures. I had just been looking at La cage aux folles with Ennio Morricone’s music and with the icolt and the magnificent five, there he was again. :-)

    Comment logged on 2014-4-26

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