Spring arrived suddenly; I have even noticed the growth of little shoots of flowers waking up overnight. Around this time, I see a green glow around the trees. The buds or leaves are not yet visible but their tiny buds turning green adds that green haze. Very lovely. Aside from the season change, I also want to reference John Szarkowski, the late director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art. He has been instrumental in making photography an established art form. In his much-quoted book, The Photographer’s Eye, he talks about the characteristics of photography and lists: The thing itself, the frame, the time, the vantage point, and the detail.
In this post, I will share with you photographs of the familiar neighborhood from a different vantage point and tip my hat off to Szarkowski once more. The familiar neighborhood changes to a different land; seeing beyond the house facades from the street level changes how we perceive the neighborhood. The photographs show the start of the season with some trees with a decent amount of foliage and others just showing the green haze I mentioned. They also show how green the environment is; and how clean the air looks. The cooling towers in one of the photographs are about twelve miles away and they are clearly visible.
Anyway, this is our neighborhood, Gaspee Plateau from a different vantage point.