I joined Jocelyne when she took the kids she sits for on a day trip to Coney Island a couple of weeks ago. I’ve lived here for 8 years now and it was my first time. I think I had more fun than the kids! Anyway, I promised to return with some nice pictures for their mom and dad. These are some of my favorites.
The St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House at “Inisfada” (Gaelic for Long Island) in Manhasset, Long Island, New York.
There is SO much more to photograph on these beautiful grounds. I can’t wait to go back on a day when it’s not rainy and overcast. Much more to come.
From the website…
“Nicholas and Genevieve Brady built the 87 room mansion between 1916-20 as a summer home. As you drive through its iron gates, a strong white figure of Christ greets you with open arms. Almost immediately a medieval like castle looks down upon you, a tall tower with slated roofs and embattlements. It once was the fourth largest mansion in 1920 and holds what is the most beautiful small chapel in the country, St. Genevieve, on the second floor. Meanwhile thirteen sculptured fairy tales don the outside walls around the Tudor Elizabethan mansion beginning with little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. Ancient but attractive gargoyles, angels, drones and clowns as well as many small animals peer at you from above under eaves and corners. Even within its walls such creatures and foliage are replicated on ceilings and over fireplaces. A visitor once remarked with reverence, “This is a place with soul.”
After the death of her husband, Genevieve donated Inisfada in 1937 to the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. By 1963 Fr. John Magan, S.J. converted it into a retreat house. What was formerly a summer refuge for the wealthy eventually became a spiritual oasis for all.”
No… it’s not a post about my friends from West Virginia. These are a few shots I got while working the Union Square Cafe Spring 2010 Wine & Food Dinner, named “Kissing Cousins”. The name comes form the concept behind the dinner. Each of the 6 courses were served with two wines, each made from the same grape varietal, but from different regions. For each course, the more obvious region for that varietal was made known to the guests. The less obvious region was poured blind, then revealed after each course. For example, one course showed Riesling from Germany as the known wine and Riesling from Finger Lakes, NY as the blind wine. Chef Carmen, our Executive Chef, and his team prepared the most delicious and perfectly-paired food for this dinner. The evening was one I will remember for a long time.
My name is Michael and I'm the author of this blog. I love taking photographs, but I consider myself more of a documenter as opposed to a photographer. I simply enjoy capturing and processing interesting images of where I've been and what I've seen.
I shoot digital photos on a Nikon D80 body with Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Zoom Lens and Sigma 10 - 20mm f/3.5 EX-DC HSM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens. I also shoot digital using the Through The Viewfinder method. I shoot film photos on 3 cameras: a Holga 120-S using 120 Color Slide and Negative film, and B&W Negative film; a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie using the same film as in the Holga; and a 1951 Nikon S Rangefinder using 35mm Color Slide and Negative film.