I decided to head out to Coney Island on Saturday morning, it was a gorgeous beginning to a day, the sun was shining, there was a nice breeze, it was perfect. I walked up Canal street, through all the vendors setting up their wares, bracing themselves for the slew of people that will barter their way into a perfect pair of faux Juicy Couture sweats. I was heading to Broadway to catch the N train, with the slight feeling that I would be heading back in time once I boarded the train, a little John Coltrane in my ears might have helped with that fantasy.
The train ride was nice. I had a perfect buzz from my double espresso, my train car was almost empty, and most of the ride was outside, which  always makes me happy. It was pretty early in the morning, around 9am, but I assumed that Coney Island was going to be filled with wide eyed kids sucking on lollies and puking on rides as soon as I got off the train.
I stepped off the train, wide eyed myself, and walked outside into the over exposed beach light, and found myself in a place that wasn’t quite awake yet. The streets were quiet, the shops were all closed up, and the people that were up with me were not kids tugging at their parents sleeves. It seemed as if I was surrounded by people that might have actually been sitting there, waiting for the sun to rise, since 1945.
On each boardwalk bench, was one blissfully over tanned old person after another, with giant smiles on their faces, and no sun block on their bodies. They were oiled, chubby, and most of them were smoking, and some were already eating the fried concoctions that had just become available at 10 am. It was as if they had no idea of the decade we were in and they were happy about it, their idols were Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, two guys that carried snifters and smoked Lucky Strike’s at church.
I was totally enamoured by the scene, I was thrilled to shoot it, but my presence was more noticed there than I would have expected. I had to be really careful about shooting these people in their natural habitat, I certainly didn’t want to make them uncomfortable, that is my one goal whenever I shoot, I really want to be as respectful as possible.
So I wandered  up and down the boardwalk in front of the rides that I came there to see, waiting for them to open, but it turns out that the real Coney Island had nothing to do with the rides, it was these people, they were Coney Island. And so I stayed for a couple of hours, and sat in the hot sun with them, inhaled the smell of funnel cakes and hot dogs, and when the rides finally did open, I went inside the gates, walked around for a minute, and then decided to leave.
I had already experienced more of what I felt to be the real Coney Island than I ever thought I would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Красивый блог.
Ваш блог, естественно, очень полезен. Непосредственно иногда я использую информацию, которая помещена в подобные блоги. Я желаю заметить, что такие блоги не только информативны, но также и достаточно популярны в современном Интернете. Это – больше чем просто сайт. Конечно, есть некоторые вопросы, которые должны были быть определены, но гарантирован это в смоге их, чтобы решить при следующем посещении. Я думаю, многие соглашаются со мной. Распределение подобной информации – деловое благородное и требующее достойного внимания от внешних заинтересованных людей. Теперь я вынужден оставить данный блог, но это гарантирую, что на днях не раз, я посещу его.
Ещё хотелось бы узнать почему я пишу а на следующий день моих сообщений уже нет ?
Спасибо.

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