Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Changing Seasons: Fall in New York

LL Bean buck over Colby's campus in fall 2008, a few weeks after starting A Restless Transplants and buying my first camera.

An over ambitious sip of Joe's coffee scalded my tongue. Sucking and blowing repeatedly in attempt to ventilate my mouth, my breath hung on the cool mornings air as I sat on a rock outcropping in Central Park. Rising over Midtown, the morning's light cast long shadows over the lake and through the autumn foliage.

Canvas Sneaker over Colby's Quad in January of 2009.

As June quickly slid into September, the reality that I wasn't returning to Maine for another winter slowly took shape. Each changing shade of foliage and brisk morning helped confirm my permanent acclimation to my new life in New York. Three times in the last few weeks, I packed my REI backpack with my 5D Mark II and lenses and headed towards the rock peninsula near 79th street and Central Park West with the hope of capturing the changing season with a shoe. Despite successfully avoiding joggers, tourists and leashed French bulldogs, my shots failed to turn out.

Common Projects sneaker over Cobly's Quad in March of 2009.

Last Sunday morning, I woke early and dug through my pile of shoes. Perhaps as homage to my time spent in Maine or their relevance in the frequent mud puddles familiar with fall in New York, I grabbed my eight-inch Bean boot and headed towards door.

Van's Authentic over Colby's Quad in August of 2009

Ralph Lauren Wingtip over Colby's quad in October of 2009

The morning's light bounced the buildings of the Upper West Side as I grabbed a cup of coffee at Joe's and headed towards Central Park's lake intent on waiting for the sun to rise above the buildings of midtown. Patiently, I sat facing south towards Manhattan's skyline. Periodically testing my coffee, I tuned out tourists' conversations and turned an occasional glance at a group of forty-somethings performing a lost east Asian ritual associated with Subarus and merino wool socks.

Danner Mountain Light II over Colby's quad in December of 2009.

Checking my watch, I realized that fifteen minutes had marched past and I reclaimed my camera from my drawstring backpack. I removed my left Bean boot, set the frame and tossed my shoe in the air.

British Walker Buck over Colby's Quad in April of 2010.

Taking a sip of my now tepid coffee, I picked the boot off the exposed bedrock and tossed it up in the air for another countless shot. Reflecting off the glassy water, the morning's light warmed the chain-link sole as I fired the shutter near the height of the boots arc. Looking down at the preview screen, I couldn't help but smile. I like calling a new place home.

Here are some more links,
Changing Seasons (Picasa),
Changing Seasons (ART).


Michael Mundy said...

Nice to see you settling in to NYC. Love the boot shot. A real Icon. Looking forward to more posts.

Foster Huntington said...

thanks michael. my apartment keeps evolving and soon will be ready for a shoot.

barb. said...

This project is amazing!

Drew said...

The red shoe is my favorite: it looks particularly still and suspended.

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photographs.

Foster Huntington said...

Barb and Drew,
thanks for you kind words. i am glad you like these photos. it will be fun to look back at them in a few years and see how much environment and aesthetic has changed,

Matt@TracingStyle said...

very impressive work, foster. I can't wait to see what's next.

barb. said...

maybe the shoes will change too... :) in couple of years.

JASH said...

Nicely done, Foster.

I've always been a fan of the Colby shoe pictures, but the bean boot picture is really great.

Foster Huntington said...

thanks for reading throughout the changes in my blog. glad you like the new one,

Kienan said...

I really enjoyed reading this, Foster. Thanks for writing and for your pictures.


Foster Huntington said...

you are very welcome. thanks for stopping by,

Anonymous said...

more than unbelievably jealous of your shoe selection.

Wrecked Stellar said...

Love these shots- incredibly unique and beautiful.

Foster Huntington said...

its evolved and changed since i took the first photo. Out of of the eight, i have 4 of them still.

wrecked steller,
thanks for the kind words,

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wale said...

i love they way you write, besides the photography, that is the main reason i keep coming back to your blog

Amy Hood said...

Absolutely love these photos.