Saturday, September 28, 2013

Endless Inspiration

Day 3 Report by Karah Schultz

On our third day in the big city, our adventures started at the International Center of Photography.  The tour of the school started with a brief explanation of what the ICP offers, followed with a tour of the outstanding facility that is open to a range of students, starting at teens and reaching out to all international students. The International Center of Photography also offers a wide range of styles of programs as well as a wonderful gallery. After the tour, we were all definitely considering the move to New York City in our future to continue our education.

Our next pit stop was at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral where we were presented with a beautiful building that provided many great opportunities for some beautiful photographs of stain glass windows, architectural features and much more.

New York City has a very fast pace, so we quickly made our way to 53rd street where we found a grand piece of the Berlin Wall and had the chance to photograph the monumental piece of art that was placed in the city after the wall was taken down in 1990.

After a tasteful meal on 53rd street, we made our way over to The Museum of Modern Art (also know as the MoMA). The MoMA was amazing. Six floors of exceptional artwork provoked a vast amount of inspiration in us all.  We witnessed famous pieces of work by; Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Van Gough and many more. The inspiration was unlimited when exploring the MoMA.

Creativity and talent is endless in New York City, so our next stop was at the Pace McGill Gallery where were observed a very interesting exhibit by Robert Rauschenberg.

We have been exploring New York City from the streets for the past three days, so to change things up a little, we climbed to the top of the ‘Rock’ to get a different view of the city, and by climbed, I mean we took an interesting elevator ride up to the 67th floor of the Rockefeller building just before sunset.  The vast view of New York City was breath taking. An endless site of buildings and cars and people was what we were seeing through our lenses, and it was unbelievable.

After a long day of walking and exploring, it was time for a nice sit down meal and that is what we got. Our tummies were full and our taste buds were happy, but the night was not over. To end a very inspirational and successful day in New York City, we ventured to Time Square to capture some of the lights and what an end to the day that was. Couldn’t have been more perfect. 

Additional Update for Day 3 by Mary Miller (who had some some of her own experiences while on a separate excursion)

Tonight I saw Alphabet City (Lower East Side), nicknamed for the bohemian life style, and it’s home to a large immigrant population. The restaurants, cafes, and streets were teaming with people. It was ironic in a way that this was the chosen route for my taxi driver to take.

Earlier in the day I started my trek of New York at the Dakota, the apartment that once was home for John Lennon. This was not an intentional stop on my travels but as I drew closer to Strawberry Fields I found myself pulled towards the apartment, and I soon discovered I was not the only one. Streams of people continuously strolled by to take photographs. This was also true of the mosaic memorial in Strawberry Fields, in Central Park. 

Why did I, like many others, have a need to be there, is it hope, spiritual, inspirational, or something unexplained.  These are not questions I could answer, even for myself. However I began to look at the people around me going about their daily lives; from the street performer, the man sketching, to the children playing in the park. Then it dawned on me, it’s John’s message that draws you in, we all want peace, now we just have work at it together.

"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…."
John Lennon

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