I am always constantly thinking that I am doing something wrong, or on someone’s wrong side. I will wake up. Go to school. Realise that someone thinks I am acting in a certain why that makes them uncomfortable or someone will misunderstand an action or something I said. I will then get upset over that. This will happen. Day after day. It will get to the point that I listen to music to escape the loop that is, life.
An iPod becomes a gateway to foreign places, the album becames the world that seems perfect for the four or five minutes it lasts. For a short moment in time, we are in what seems to be a bliss. A place without worry, a place where we can become whoever we want.
For example, I can become Eminem, “Mr. I Don’t Give A F*ck” or I can become Frank Ocean, someone very concious about the problems in his life and has the bravery to express them.
Girls find me creepy. Home is far away. Exams are drawing closer. It seems like there’s nothing I can do. My life has now become a train. Following the same track. At the same time. For the same amount of length. Everyday. And the only time I truly feel off the loop…. is when I have earbuds in my ear. Life has gotten to the point where I have to escape it.
High Line at the Rail Yards. The final section of railroad tracks.
The High Line is a public park that sits along a historic freight railroad line elevated high above the streets of New York City on the west side of Manhattan. In the early 20th century, the rail line was used to transport valuable freight and enjoyed a long period of high activity. It was abandoned in the 1980s after it ceased to be used for its original purpose and nature took over in a rather dramatic way. It is currently owned by the City of New York and maintained by a wonderful group called Friends of the High Line who have fought hard to preserve and nourish the space opening it up to the city to enjoy and care for.
The final section of the High Line is known as High Line at the Rail Yards. I read that it was possible to get a guided tour of the untouched railroad tracks and of course, I happily jumped at the opportunity. My first tour was cancelled due to rain but I was able to get another chance yesterday. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful evening to walk alongside the historic railroad tracks which were surrounded by fresh spring vegetation.
As the sun dipped lower in the sky, it felt like I was transported to a post-apocalyptic New York City. The tour guides were absolutely awesome. I was not allowed to take photos of the still-active rail yards that sit below the final section of the High Line since it is considered a federal offense to do so. So, regretfully, I was not able to capture the tracks and wildlife against the gorgeous Chelsea skyline. However, I did take quite a few photos with my Sony A99 of the view to the west and south towards the Empire State Building.
These are a few photos of what I saw yesterday evening exploring the High Line’s last section. Enjoy :)
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The 11 Series by Ty Palmer
Football-inspired artist Ty Palmer recently reached out to AFR to share his latest collection. It’s based on the classic roots of the game, when defenders didn’t wear the number 37 and strikers couldn’t legitimately wear the number 2.
In his words… I felt the need to challenge myself with an illustrated portrait series, so I decided I would create a series of posters of my favorite footballers to wear 1 - 11. This project gained spirit with my work with the futbol artist network. I have loved the beautiful game for as long as I can remember, and I wanted to commemorate the genius of the game. Each poster uses the specific color palette of either the crest or kit of the team to dictate the composition. Mixed in each piece is the respected stadiums of each player, which are lightly ghosted within the work.