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I had an interesting conversation at the office last week with one of our lunch vendors, which influenced today’s picture. Going over some of the details that led him to Arizona, I found out that he was born and spent most of his youth in Israel, lived in Germany for about 12 years, and eventually moved to America to pursue the ideal of the “Land of Opportunity,” as stated in his words.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about the multitudes of immigrants that came to the U.S. and passed through Ellis Island, and what it might have looked like when they first saw the Statue of Liberty, standing tall in the New York harbor.

Since I wasn’t around during that era to take a photograph myself, I’ve made a feeble attempt to re-create a possible look from that time period, while trying to stay within the bounds of accepted processing guidelines according to TE terms. I generally try to do very little in the way of post processing, but felt compelled to give it shot with this one, hoping to convey my mindset after the aforementioned conversation. With some intentionally added noise, paper grain and sepia tone…here’s what I ended up with.

This was taken on board of the Staten Island Ferry…and before I get called out on the viewpoint, I do realize this would actually be the opposite direction from which people would have seen the statue as they entered the harbor. It’s the best picture I had available to work with, so please excuse the historical inaccuracy.

One last thing…the title was also chosen as a reference to another classic 80’s movie that I thought suited this theme, but in a humorous manner. :)

“But where in New York can one find a woman with grace, elegance, taste and culture? A woman suitable for a king?…….Queens!” lol


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  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1585 W: 2 N: 3086] (11670)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2007-07-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-02 20:54
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