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Although photography is a part of every blog entry and Etsy listing, I sometimes go days without taking a photo just for photo’s sake, or even for remembering a moment that has nothing to do with selling craftwares. Recently, I’ve been able to revel in my love for photography as art again in a few ways. Ian has been teaching me about the different settings of my camera, which I often find frustrating because I’m not partial to all the technicalities. (I really think I was meant to be a berry picker or lighthouse keeper and maintain a simple yet fulfilling life). Consequently however, I’ve been taking more time to consider surroundings and such, instead of snapping away haphazardlly.

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I took the above photo while on a bike trip and got a lot of positive feedback on Flickr, but I will admit, I snapped this one without altering the settings or even looking at the photo before I uploaded it later. I love those green jagged rooftops and the wispy clouds, but I cannot divulge the location because it is part of a new Flickr group I joined and absolutely love called GuessWhereNYC. As you can probably, well, guess, you upload photos without any tags that would give away the “where” part and members of the group try to guess, sometimes down to the intersection, the location.

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For someone like me, who is always looking up, down, and all around like a tourist, it is the perfect group. What I also love about this group is that it actually feels like a little community, because I have a glimpse into the submitters’ personalities by their photos/locations but also by their comments on the photos. Plus, these are people who live here and really pay attention to NYC history, architecture, uniqueness, and the many nuances of this city. The landscape and scenery of New York are often described, explained, conveyed, painted, loved, hated, and represented, but a very simple and yet poignant observation comes from Mexican writer Octavio Paz: “You know, they made something beautiful by accident here.” He said that while walking in Manhattan, and it’s in the book of his I just read called Itinerary: An Intellectual Journey.

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Thanks to being able to live in and take pictures of this accident of beauty, one of my photos was selected for the 2007 edition of the Schmap New York Guide. I’m not familiar with this guide at all, but the above photo depicts the restaurant/bar PJ Clarke’s that they include. I don’t love the photo too much, but hey, I’ll take the recognition anyway!