Hudson River Park (Near Croton)

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My name is Dave Beckerman. I am a photographer and programmer working in New York City.

9 thoughts on “Hudson River Park (Near Croton)”

  1. I’m a big fan of your work and I usually like your NYC pics but not feeling it in these shots. Doesn’t draw me in….no real emotional resonance even though I do like and appreciate certain landscape images as they can and do impact my emotions and senses.
    I’ve always felt photography is a medium of communication and expression.
    Just saying. Perhaps I’m being too candid and honest.
    Most bloggers don’t seem to appreciate that, my guess is that you would.
    Sincerely interested in hearing what they say to you or perhaps what you wish to communicate or convey, if you care to share.

    Regards,
    Alex

  2. What can I say. I think you’re wrong?

    I’m fine with with criticism (or is it critique) – but I don’t expect different subjects to appeal to everyone. I think it’s some of my best infrared work so far; but what do I know – I just make what appeals to me. If it doesn’t reach you – then it doesn’t reach you. I’m not able to explain why some images have resonance with some people and not with others. In order to do that I would need to be a psychic – but it is an interesting subject.

  3. Fair Enough 🙂

    For what it’s worth, One thing that I have always felt is that shooting landscapes (such as this image) in the Northeast is very challenging and difficult. Not to many photographers have been truly successful capturing the rural landscapes here.
    I recall Ansel Adams once saying that he was never truly able to capture and convey the sense of the Northeast (even though he did try often, especially in Arcadia, Maine).

  4. Ansel couldn’t stand the northeast. At any rate, there was a school of artists that did very well painting this area. So it can be done. Seems worth the effort right now.

    My favorite Ansel story: he comes to New York to help with an exhibit; and writes in his journal how much he hates it here and can’t wait to get back to Yosemite. He stayed about a week. He is obviously one of the great photographers and teachers, but if you look for cityscapes or good candids from him – you won’t find many (if any); and the only partly interesting candid of O’Keefe was taken out west and if I remember correctly was partly damaged when his lab caught fire.

    You just go on in whatever direction is appealing; challenging… the best won’t appeal to everyone; that maybe a clue that you’re on the right track.

  5. “…the only partly interesting candid of O’Keefe was taken out west and if I remember correctly was partly damaged when his lab caught fire.”
    No — it was more fun than that. It was on a roll of 35mm film which slipped out of his fingers in the developer and fell onto the floor, where it was the only frame he stepped on when trying to locate it in the dark.
    Happens to the best of us! (At least he admitted it.) 😉

  6. Thanks Bill. Memory isn’t what it used to be 🙂 As far as Ansel goes – his best work is of monumental scenes (with a few notable exceptions). But people have a feeling for certain areas – his was the southwest. Mine in the northeast. That’s all it is. Prob. just related to where you feel comfortable and what you know well and where you have the chance to take the most pictures since most of them are going to be tossed.

    Am I wrong about his lab being burned down (nitrate stuff) back then? I seem to remember that he returned from a Yosemite trip to find his lab on fire.

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