The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

Posted by Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 23 May 2015 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Location: New York city

is located in Riverside Park at roughly 88th Street. I had started my walk on the east side of Manhattan, near the East River at 112th Street, and was heading downtown to meet a friend for dinner at a Spanish restaurant near 13th Street and Sixth Avenue. Although it would be a long walk (~6-7 miles, depending upon how much I wandered), I had plenty of time and since the purpose of my trip was to explore the streets of NYC with my camera, I decided to cross over to the west side, then walk south along Riverside Drive and explore the Upper West Side too.

When I reached the memorial, I walked around a bit, whereupon I came up this woman sunbathing on the ledge. I don't think she was asleep (or at least I hope not, as she'd suffer a 20' fall if she rolled to her right and off the ledge), but she didn't notice me as I took this photo. I was actually attracted to the arrangement of her boots and the shadow cast by the wall, but I doubt she would have believed me if I had occasion to explain that to her.

As I turned and started to walk away, a man in a track suit walked up and sat down on the bench out of the frame to the left. Then she suddenly sat upright and ... well, I took the photo that I will post tomorrow. It may be my favorite photo from the trip, but I still have several folders of photos to review and process yet, so the jury is still out...