Creatively Capturing Tappan Zee and NNY Bridges

Bare no more, they’re covered with bridge art. The current and future bridge art. An idea that took effort, imagination, planning, cooperation — and took hold.

Curator Lawrence Hultberg checks if entries are evenly spaced in the Tarrytown Outreach Center/© Janie Rosman

Curator Lawrence Hultberg checks if entries are evenly spaced in the Tarrytown Outreach Center/© Janie Rosman

Sentiment after the Visual Quality Panel reviewed the entries was the talent was truly impressive in all the pieces; more powerful was the range of insights and interpretations for the single topic of our bridge. The many moods and perspectives the contributors have shown us were very much appreciated.

Which made choosing among them difficult. Congratulations are due to everyone.

Nyack Outreach Center two days ago/© Janie Rosman 2014

Nyack Outreach Center two days ago/© Janie Rosman 2014

“It (the show) is a fitting way for the bridge to exit, to have its grandeur recognized as it nears its end,” VQP member Robert L. Fellows said. “It captured the majesty of the bridge, showed the light and surrounding environment.”

Now in its final years, and days, the bridge does look a little resigned, maybe tired.Then again, when the sun’s angle is just so, the bridge shines, no, it glows.

The bridge and equipment bathed in gold minutes after sunrise/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

The bridge and equipment bathed in gold minutes after sunrise/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

Fellows noted, “The abstract realism, coloration and photography was captured: so many different subjective takes on various works.” Some appealed more to some and less to others, and he, like another VQP member, felt it will be difficult to choose a winner.

Arranging the entries to compliment one another/© Janie Rosman 2014

Arranging the entries to compliment one another/© Janie Rosman 2014

That this iconic bridge be honored in such a way somehow makes the sendoff a little less painful. “It’s time to move on, after much experience, the end of a cycle. People captured its grandeur with a blanket of resignation, lighting and color,” he said.

One blogger, and two friends, asked why I didn’t submit this photograph:

"Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park"/© Janie Rosman 2013

“Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park”/© Janie Rosman 2013

I appreciate the idea that one of my pictures was considered contest material, and flattered at how it was described. The river’s been my place to think, to cry, to forget, to be alone. I don’t believe the person in the picture knew I was there, which made it all the more personal to me.

Thank you. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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