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Saturday, June 29, 2013

NYC - A Mennonite Landscape

Manhattan, New York, New York, 2013
Charlie Kraybill, born Mennonite, educated at Eastern Mennonite University, has made a home for himself while discovering a unique Mennonite landscape in the boroughs and urban canyons of New York City.

    Kraybill's friends on Facebook have long been treated to his particular vision and experience of North America's largest metropolis.  Kraybill has a way of cutting it down to size with a focus on what is otherwise often seen as the anonymous individual.  At the same time, his landscape tends to be defined by paths (streets, sidewalks, canyons, subway tracks) and set landmarks.

    To my mind, he moves beyond the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue, Wall Street and Broadway to highlight the culture and quiet peace of those who call the city home.  Kraybill's NYC has more in common with the Paris of Renoir, Seurat and Erich Marie Remarque or the city of Edward Hopper and F. Scott Fitzgerald than the loud, boisterous lights, clubs and sirens so often brought out in contemporary television programming.  Kraybill's New York City is a place where a normal person might like to live, and where even a Mennonite might find a quiet, peace-filled lifestyle, and yet one that is always changing and never boring.

    One of his photographs seems to to indicate this sense explicitly by focusing in on the unmoving permanence of a potted, residential boxwood while the sights, sounds and brilliantly coloured yellow taxis whirr by in and out of frame, in and out of the context of the boxwood.

    In presenting a selection of his photographs on this blog, I have cautiously edited many of them to bring out colour, depth and contrast.  I often find this necessary for the digital blogs and images that are backlit on computer and cell phone screens.

    At the same time, one will note that Kraybill's native tone is much flatter, bringing out a style more reminiscent of the French Impressionists and Pointillists than the vibrant clarities of Visionaire, Vogue or even Gorski and Wall.  This ain't your Sex And the City or Devil Wears Prada photo-shoot.

    Enjoy and please contact Kraybill directly for use or questions relating to his work.

~ Bruderthaler

2nd & 6th at 16:25 pm

6th Avenue & West 4th at 21:42 pm

8th & 42nd at 02:26 am

8th Avenue below 15th Street at 22:00 pm

8th Avenue & 126th at 15:33 pm

14th Street at 19:30 pm

15:55 pm

16th & 5th at 18:35 pm

16th & Union Square, West at 16:46 pm

16th Street & Union Square, West at 18:25 pm

St Anthony Procession at 17:48 pm

20:00 pm

21st & Broadway at 14:35 pm

34th & 8th at 16:52 pm

48th & Broadway at 17:25 pm

68 Degrees F in the Village at 15:45 pm

74th & Broadway at 19:25 pm

74th & Jackson Heights, Queens, at 19:55 pm

82nd Street at 19:11 pm

125th Street, Harlem, at 17:20 pm

186th & Arthur at 17:17 pm

186th and Hughes at 14:50 pm

188th & Arthur at 17:36 pm

Astor Place at 18:55 pm

Arthur Avenue at 17:15 pm

Bishop Pernicone Plaza at 17:24 pm

Broadway and Washington Place at 16:00 pm

China at Lincoln Center, 18:40 pm

Christopher Street, West Village, at 21:25 pm

Collyer Brothers Park, 5th Avenue & 128th Street at 15:15 pm

Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village, 18:53 pm

Crosby above Prince at 19:15 pm

Downtown No. 2 at 13:30 pm

East 16th Street at 23:20 pm

From Seneca to Selma to Stonewall

Grand Central Station, 18:50 pm

Greene & Waverly at 21:28 pm

Hastings on Hudson at 17:12 pm

Houston and the Bowery at 13:45 pm

Judaica Section, The Strand Bookstore, 12th & Broadway at 13:48 pm

Kingsbridge Road Station at 17:47 pm

Lorillard & Fordham at 18:42 pm

Manhattan-bound No. 7 at 20:00 pm

11:23 am

12th & Broadway at 16:36 pm

15:43 pm

17:35 pm

18:11 pm

19:20 pm

"Beware, Mr. Baker"

Kingsbridge Road at 17:56 pm

Quarry Road at 17:10 pm

Queensboro Plaza at 10:20 am

Union Theological Seminary, 121st & Broadway at 18:46 pm

Washington Square at 19:45 pm

Washington Square Park at 15:24 pm

Woodside at 19:47 pm

Old Town Bar, East 18th Street at 12:45 pm

Saint Marx Place & Thoid Avenue at 16:33 pm

Spring & Lafayette at 18:25 pm

The Bowery across from the Mission, 13:50 pm

The Lawn at Lincoln Center at 20:30 pm

The Strand at 11:15 am

55 Degrees F, Union Square at 13:30 pm

Union Square at 16:45 pm

Washington Square at 19:45 pm

White Plains Road at 18:00 pm

Broadway & 10th at 19:28 pm

Fordham Road at 17:44 pm

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