Wassily Kadinsky is know to have said, “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
This lovely instrument is in the museum at Ellis Island, it is among the possessions that the immigrants brought with them to their new home. The music played touched the soul of those who could hear it, bringing back memories of home, family and happy times, and celebrations. Wondering through the museum at Ellis Island and seeing the items left behind or donated, viewing the photos, listening to the stories, my soul was touched.
I would like to know the name of the instrument, if you can help me out I would like to hear from you.
Another image of Jane’s Carousel, it was a rainy day in New York City, when we took the subway to Brooklyn and wandered the streets, our goal a little coffee shop that was recommended by a fellow blogger, called the Brooklyn Roasting Company and seeing Jane’s Carousel.
There is something magical about a carousel. Aside from the beauty and craftmanship of these historic gems, there is the craftsmanship that goes into restoring them. Maybe we remember the feeling of being a small child and riding the carousel and seeing our parents and or grandparents standing on the side waiting for us to come around and wave. Maybe it is as a parent or grandparent standing on the side and seeing the joy of the children as the see us and wave. There is magic and joy all around the carousel, and this one is no exception. The setting on the East River in view of the Brooklyn Bridge even on a rainy gray day is worth the walk, after all the coffee shop is just around the corner!
Bill and I visited Brooklyn, on a rainy Saturday. A blogger friend had recommended a coffee shop, the Brooklyn Roasting Company on Jay St. Dispite the weather we set off to see the area, here is Bill walking down Jays St. – with the cobblestone streets, and old rail lines. After a warm cup of coffee we headed out to walk along the river.
Ellis Island and the Ellis Island Museum is one of my favorite places to visit while in New York City. I never get tired of hearing the stories of the Immigrants. As a Canadian, the people who came to this country share similar stories to those told at this museum. To understand their life, and their struggles is to understand where we come from. To realize that what we have is built on a foundation of their hard work, their determination and the strength.
This piano, now sits in one of the displays on the third floor, of items left behind when the Immigration Center closed. It was played by may of the immigrants waiting to be processed, to pass the time and to entertain those that waited. I can only image the variety of music that was play, love songs, ballads, dance songs and kids songs from so many different countries.
I have followed the tutorial for creating black and white images on the Photoblog challenges website, and I am quite happy with the way the image turned out – blacks are solid, but there is still definition in the shoulders of the statue. The sky was quite blown out, so there is no detail in the sky, but I think good definition in the Cathedral.
I also found inspiration with Marina Chetner, and a couple of post she has done recently.
yesterday was a busy day – we started at the World Trade Center. Before visiting the site of the memorial pools we went to the ticket center, where there is lots of information, videos, pictures, and stories of the day and lives that were changed forever. the site takes a while to get into – lots of security, and volunteers to answer questions.
Yesterday wasn’t my first visit to Liberty Island, to see the Statue of Liberty, but I nevery tire of the ferry ride and a walk around the island, or the view of Manhattan skyline. It is definitely worth the trip, everytime I am there I see new sights, and hear new stories from the rangers. This should be on everyone’s to see list while visiting New York City.