A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 30 – #40. The Good Old Days

Jane’s Carousel is located in Brooklyn between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and reminds me of “the good old days” when as a little girl my parents would take me to Warner Park in Chattanooga, TN to ride the carousel. Jane’s Carousel is a 1922 carousel originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1984, it was purchased by Jane and David Walantas, who spent years restoring it to its original condition. Encased in a glass structure, it was commissioned by the Walantas’ and architect Jean Nouvel and placed in the Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River in 2011. If you find yourself in New York, do yourself a favor and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and see, or take a ride on, this beautiful carousel.carousel-dsc_6400






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!

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Week 13 – #30. Other Photographers

I followed this photographer around various spots alongside the water and decided this photo would make a good one for the “Other Photographers” theme. They were posing by both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, in the Park, by the carousel and many other spots. They were a cute, loving couple on their special day so I hope he got some great photos.
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Week 11 – #44 That’s Dangerous

Rehabilitation of one of New York’s greatest landmarks is now underway. The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, is undergoing a four-year, $500 million safety and aesthetic improvement program. I can’t imagine having a job repairing/repainting the structure as shown in this photo I took while walking across from Manhattan to Brooklyn a few weeks ago. Safety harnesses or no safety harnesses, I would not want the job.
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Week 9 – #28 Love is . . .

tossing away the key to your heart.

This week as my husband and I were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River in New York, we noticed hundreds of gym locker-sized locks hanging from the railings and lamp posts off the pedestrian path. Curiosity got the best of us so upon inquiring, we learned that the idea behind the locks is couples lock their hearts away and pledge everlasting love by placing their locks there and tossing the keys into the river below. The symbolic gesture started in Rome about five years ago as locals started copying the lustful characters in Italian author Federico Moccia’s popular novel “Ho Voglia di Te”, or “I Want You” in Italian.
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