A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 8 – #15. Looking Up

Although weather did not cooperate by giving me the beautiful blue hour lighting which I have grown to love, I simply had to stop by One Beacon Court, 151 East 58th Street, a/k/a The Bloomberg Tower, for a photo op as I was “looking up” from the courtyard.  When I say, “a photo op,” that is exactly what I got because after taking only one photo I was approached by security and informed that the property owner does not allow photos to be taken of the buildings on the property. In a very polite manner, he said I was welcome to take photos from the sidewalk, which I did, but the photo I managed to take from inside the courtyard was much more interesting. Just to name two, Beyonce and Brian Williams have pads there.

Week 4 - #15. Looking Up





Week 2 – #33. Something With Wings

Last week, I posted a photo of the Oculus from the street behind it so this week you will get a view of it as seen across the footprint of the former World Trade Center building which was destroyed in the brutal attack of September 11, 2001.  The Oculus is an unusual design and looks like “something with wings.”

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Week 8 – #16. Frame Within A Frame

During a recent outing, I stood in this spot viewing John and Mabel Ringling’s winter home in Sarasota, FL. The statues and trees are strategically placed creating a frame within a frame as visitors walk the brick-lined sidewalk taking in the beauty of the entire estate.


Week 52 – #A2. Circle(s)

I saved this post until the end because I kept looking for circles but could not find any I liked. I am not a huge shopper but I am fascinated with our new mall and its architecture. One day I looked up (who can help but look up) at the angles and circles and took a quick photo.


Week 45 – #12. Fences And/or Rails

This week, I am taking you to Chattanooga, TN and telling you about a place dear to my heart, the Industrial YMCA. The “Y,” a Spanish Revival-style structure built in 1929, is abundant with plaster casts of family crests, handpainted art deco patterns on wooden beams, and window handles forged by Chattanooga ironworkers. The terra cotta exteriors of many Chattanooga buildings were created by artisans whose skills, time and resources no longer exist. Their craftsmanship is irreplaceable. The “Y” offered basketball, badminton courts, a boxing ring, stage, trapeze equipment and a swimming pool. It offered 59 small rooms for people to stay in; that is until 1989 when its doors were closed for ten years. During that time, it was inhabited by the homeless and pigeons … lots of pigeons. A friend of mine, Jack Kruesi, purchased it in 1999 and began hundreds of hours refurbishing the building. To him, it is a labor of love because he, like a lot of other people, including me, remember vividly the good times we had there as kids. Most of the original building is still intact.

I was so grateful when Jack graciously handed over the keys to the building allowing me to spend many hours photographing it. The below photo of the wrought iron railing ended my search for something to satisfy the “Fences And/Or Rails” theme.
12. Fences And Or Rails


Week 46 – #4. Architecture

I am always attracted to architecture whenever I am away on a trip. Especially in New York, where the old churches and cathedrals are plentiful, I oftentimes find myself wandering inside where I stand in amazement absorbing the detail. I can’t recall exactly where in New York this photo was taken. Although very colorful, I liked how it changed the mood when I turned it into a black and white.