Another “OPTIC – travel, outdoors and wildlife photography conference” organized by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions, the fourth event of its kind, gathered in Gotham Hall in two days of presentations inspiring individuals passionate of travel and photography. And as usual, one of the highlights of the conference was a most rewarding sunset cruise into the New York harbor.
A 17-foot bronze sculpture of three massive northern white rhinos was raised in Astor Place representing the last three living white rhinos. The installation was created by Australian artists Gillie and Marc Shattner who have installed artworks throughout the globe dedicated to animal conservation efforts.
“The art work wants to draw attention to the plight of the northern white rhino, whose extinction is imminent. The species is extinct in the wild, and just three northern white rhinos remain alive in captivity in Sudan.”
“Uraeus” is the first site specific sculpture of the famous German artist Anselm Kiefer in the US.
“The sculpture’s cryptic title, Uraeus, refers to the erect shape of the Egyptian cobra, associated with the serpent goddess Wadjet and a symbol of power and divine authority. The wings evoke the headdresses and necklaces worn by Egyptian royalty in homage to the vulture goddess Nekhbet. Wadjet and Nekhbet were the guardians of Lower and Upper Egypt, respectively, and following ancient Egypt’s unification, became the joint patrons of the civilization.” from the Rockefeller Center website.
…but the buses still run on the Fire island beaches. The quietude of the place is still intact but the lazy atmosphere of the summer days cannot be encountered before Memorial Day. The school buses ply the beaches driving close to the surf bringing the kids to school. If you lay in the sand, the bus drives by in front of your chair, the driver waving to you and maybe to another person that happen to be in the area. The only road of the island is plugged by a electric or Internet truck working on a pole. The last repairs are done on the villages’ houses ready for the summer rental, all work done by Latinos who ride their bikes in the sunset, leaving the island on Burma Road and going home in Long Island.
We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in Sydney in Australia. We shot in many of the city neighborhoods returning each and every night to spend time under the spellbinding arches of the Sydney’s Opera. We explored and shot video in the islands that surround the city, in Manly, in Cockatoo with its spectacular venue for Biennial taking a bus to spend the day like the locals do in Bondi Beach from where we took the 6 km walk on top of the sea cliffs to Coogee Beach.
We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in Melbourne and Victoria in Australia. We hang out and shot in the city center walking its interior shopping galleries and the artsy squares, getting lost in Chinatown, spending time in the impressive NGV admiring its Triennial and finally relaxing with a beer by the Yara at dusk. From there we took a long drive on the Great Ocean Road stopping at the Twelve Apostles and backtracking through the surfer paradise of Bell Beach toward the Mornington Peninsula.