The subway; the train
The whole city, together
For my mystery
The people are there
Work, shows, places, and the tourists
Will we know where to?
After spending past five years of my life in Los Angeles, seeing magnificent towers and sea of people on the streets of New York really dazzled my imagination. For the whole time I was in New York, I couldn’t rest; I couldn’t take my minds off from the world around me.
In Los Angeles, big real estate developers are trying to build what they call “Times Square West” in Downtown LA. But, I doubt that it will ever match the fierce splendor of Manhattan .
Here is a watercolor of words beginning with the letter F. I spent two weeks at the MacDowell Colony looking for a list of thought provoking words for every letter. In the end, I chose foudroyant and spent a day at Colony Island shooting people on rides. Which will disappear first Coney Island as we know it or an obscure word like foudroyant?
From the first moment that I heard about the imminent closing of Brooklyn’s Coney Island, I knew that this dinosaur of amusement parks would have to become a part of our artistic exploration of New York City. With my husband, filmmaker Mark Street, I take my two daughters for an evening of old-fashioned spinning, twisting and topsy-turvy merry-making Coney Island style. With the notion of capturing a foudroyant sensation with my camera, I point my lens at the explosive visual activity happening around me. I think about the desire we all have to share in this other-worldly, anti-gravity sense of being absolutely out of control.
- Dazzling or stunning in effect.
- Medicine Occurring suddenly and severely. Used of a disease.
[French, from present participle of foudroyer, to strike with lightning, from foudre, lightning, from Old French fouldre, from Latin fulgur, from fulgre, to flash; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.]
- The American HeritageÂ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. S.v. “foudroyant.” Retrieved June 26 2007 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/foudroyant.
Segment producer: Lynne Sachs