A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 34 – #49. Tiny World

While visiting New York, you will not have trouble finding many neighborhood bars/restaurants such as the “tiny world” of Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs, a three-story townhouse located at 135 W. Broadway in the heart of Tribeca. The building dates to 1810 and much of the original materials have been restored and overlayed with whimsical American finish detail. In addition, the space is decorated with pieces dating back as far as 100 years. The rooms are finished with brick, two-tone antique wallpaper, original tin ceilings, salvaged wood paneling, custom banquettes and hand-made tile. The cozy back dining room has a wood burning fireplace in the center and lights embedded in the original brick walls around the perimeter. My photo processing involved isolating the attached buildings and applying a faded desaturation, not because they were not attractive but because I wanted to draw your attention to the pale pink façade and size of Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs. As I was planning the composition, etc. I noticed this beautiful blonde headed my way so I waited for her to enter the frame before I took the photo.



Week 29 – #46. Tell A Story

None of us will ever forget that fateful day, September 11, 2001, when the World Financial Center was attacked by terrorists. When in New York, I always make it a point to visit “Eleven Tears,” the work of art commissioned by American Express to honor 11 AMEX employees killed in the terrorist attack. To simply “tell a story” would be inadequate; thus, the below photograph.

This memorial entitled 11 Tears, occupies a lobby corner of American Express’ corporate headquarters at the World Financial Center. It “unites sky and ground, heaven and earth” and incorporates natural elements: water, light, quartz crystal and black granite. At the center is a 600 pound tear-shaped piece of Brazilian quartz, which was carved to have 11 sides, one for each AMEX victim.

The massive crystal is set into a stainless steel ring and suspended from the ceiling by 11 thin cables. Beneath the point of the upside-down tear is an 11-sided black granite pool; each side is inscribed with the name of an employee and a few words, selected by those who knew them best, to summarize the people they were. For example, the name most visible in my photograph, “Loretta Ann Vero,” has these words engraved in the pool above her name: Sincere, Thoughtful, Trustworthy, Loving And Loyal, Respected And Loved,

At random intervals, 11 drops of water fall from the ceiling into the pool above each name, creating intersecting ripples, “symbolizing the connections among the close-knit group of colleagues and friends.” The fountain is surrounded by benches of matching black granite where friends, loved ones, and people like me who never knew them, can sit and reflect upon their lives.

Visitors sitting there and looking through the windows find themselves gazing directly at the site where the 11 died, working as American Express travel counselors on the 94th floor of One World Trade Center. If you visit New York, I enourage you to visit what I call the “Pool Of Tears.” You will be touched in a way you never thought possible.­­­

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Week 41 – #23. It Floats

Battery Park City is a place I enjoy visiting while in lower Manhattan. It’s a calm place with beautiful views and perfect for watching the sun slowly slip below the horizon. With Ellis Island and the Statute of Liberty visible in the distance, I often think of the immigrant and what he/she was thinking and feeling aboard their ship as it floats closer and closer to their new lives in the land of opportunity. Daily ferry boats carry people, many of whom are descendants of those immigrants, to and from their work in the City.
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Week 36 – #20. I Wish I Could/I’m Sorry I Did

While in NYC last December, there was one photo I had in mind involving light painting that I did not want to leave without taking. Let me preface this by saying little did I know that the temperature would be low 20’s in the City, not to mention what it would be down by the waterfront with the freezing wind blowing off of the water…in the teens! Did that stop me? No. Off I went with fellow photographer, Mindy Towns, to capture my photo. Honestly, I’m sorry I did and I wish I could have waited until Springtime when the weather would be more pleasant. With my teeth chattering, blurry eyes as a result of tears running down my cheeks, toes frozen, flashlight ready and fingers so numb I could not feel the shutter release button, I pressed it quickly only once without looking through my viewfinder. Grabbing our equipment, we ran as fast as possible in our frozen state up to the street corner to hail a cab to take us back to the City and our warm apartment. Those of you who know us can visualize this scene, can’t you? Imagine my disappointment when I transferred my photos to my computer for viewing! In my near death state from being almost frozen, I was much too quick and left off part of what I wanted to photograph…part of the “U” and all of the “L.” When we return later this year, I will go back and re-take my photo…much better this time and more than one frame! Lesson learned!


Week 23 – #34 Passage Ways

Late one evening while traveling through the Lincoln Tunnel, I grabbed my camera to photograph this popular passageway connecting midtown Manhattan, New York and Weehawken, New Jersey.  Named after President Abraham Linoln, construction began on the first tube in March 1934.   It opened to traffic on December 22, 1937, charging $0.50 per passenger car.  Today, the cost per car is $13.00.  The cost of construction was $85,000,000.



Week 22 – #47. The Color Pink

I love the element of surprise.  As my friend, Mindy, and I were walking through Central Park during  a snowfall, we spotted two beautiful young ladies taking photos.  Their brightly colored pink umbrella provided a wonderful pop of color so we stopped and asked permission to photograph them.  This photo was taken in color; however, I elected to desaturate it and use selective coloring to draw 100% attention to the vivid colors.

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