Shimmering warmth from the late afternoon sunset, a young tree presents bright green leaves in this landscape photograph from Red Hook, Brooklyn. Presenting, in front of an orange brick warehouse wall, a remnant of the neighborhood’s industrial history, the tree is incongruous and imminent. It is a contrast of a waning context opposite a symbol of emergence.
As the sun sets a passenger ferry sails into the Atlantic Basin from the Buttermilk Channel in Red Hook, Brooklyn in this landscape photograph. The Atlantic Basin was built in the first half of the 19th century to support the shipping of goods from the Erie Canal to the rest of the world. Falling into disuse as the New York waterfront business faded, the Atlantic Basin saw resurgence with freight as part of the Red Hook Container Terminal and recently supporting the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Although, it is unlikely that New York will ever become the great shipping port that it once was, the Atlantic Basin shows an echo of those days in its current capacity.
Landscape photograph of a man reading by the Gowanus Canal at sunset. Brilliantly lit in the background, the Williamsburg Bank tower glows against a clear sky. Once one a great engines of Brooklyn’s industrial and commerce economy, the bank was taken over by Republic Bank and then HSBC.
In the last century, one of the most polluted waterways in the country, the Gowanus Canal has been much improved from the days where it was frequently Day-Glo colored from chemicals being dumped from the industries that lined its banks. On the right of the photograph, calmly reading in late afternoon by a significantly cleaner Gowanus, the man symbolizes a changed vision of the role that Brooklyn now plays in the life of New York City.
Tree at Sunset in Red Hook Industrial Area – Brooklyn, New York