The Great Lawn, featuring the hideous new stalagmites corrupting the view of Central Park South.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled program…
If you’ve been following, we’ve been featuring the Kodachrome slides my father shot in England and Germany in the mid-’50s, starting with this post. We’ll take a short break from those for now and turn back to my street photography here in dear, dirty New York.
This wall, which I’ve photographed several times before, is a lovely creamy white, especially against a cloudless deep blue sky, as here. Unfortunately it’s grown more difficult as the building next to it on the corner has pulled down their always-locked, “public” garden (don’t get me started) and spent the last year and a half jack-hammering it into a monstrosity of modernist retail space with the gardens on top, mind you, so as to be available only to their residents. Such are the ills of capitalism.
One of our final stops in Germany, Bamberg’s old Town Hall (Rathaus), I’m pretty sure. This is from the collection of Kodachrome slides my father shot in 1955-56 that I’ve been scanning and posting about for the last few weeks
Some more pictures of the Bamberg area taken in 1955-56 on Kodachrome slide film by my father.
According to Wikipedia, “Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the “Franconian Rome” — although a running joke among Bamberg’s tour guides is to refer to Rome instead as the “Italian Bamberg”. The hills are Cathedral Hill, Michaelsberg, Kaulberg/Obere Pfarre, Stefansberg, Jakobsberg, Altenburger Hill and Abtsberg.” I’m not sure which of these are pictured below, or even if these are all churches and not some of the many Schlösser my mother told me about but couldn’t identify.
You can see the original post describing this slide-scanning project here.
Staying in Bamberg, Germany, we continue to explore Kodachrome slides my father shot when he was in the Army in the 1950s (you can read about the project here). Bamberg is a UNESCO world heritage site, its oldest cathedral dating to the beginning of the 11th century. You can get a sense of that age in these images.
The Guggenheim is such a designed space that one can hardly look in any direction without seeing an abstract composition. I never fail to take such pictures at each visit.
I’m not sure whether this was in the Tower or Windsor, but found it among the Kodachromes left by my father, the resurrection of which is recorded here.
A couple of London street shots from my father’s collection of Kodachromes from 1955-56. You can read the story of their digitization here. I really like the feel of the top image with its cool blues and grays and the backs of only a few people and no cars in the streets. A definite sense of urban desolation.