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
Thanks for stopping by.
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emka (80912) 2014-03-02 22:55
Hello Jason, Interesting reflections and the photo with this story in background. One can imagine the hopes all the people had coming to New York and seeing this symbol of freedom and opportunities. I visit the museum on Ellis Island and it was very impressive and interesting.
Have a nice week
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-03-03 1:43
I tell you one my friend-this is a masterpiece!
I know some of us will complain about the quality and sharpness,but this is exactly one of the features,which makes your shot so unique.It helps you to emphasize unique,kind of nostaligic feeling of the scene.A little bit blurry view of the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of new,better life and silhouette of the people.Very evocative,meaningful composition.It definitely makes we use our imagination and think(actually we could find here good link to the current situation in the Ukraine,where people try to fight for better life and feature.I hope you don´t mind this comparision.I don´t want to make the site and photos too "political")
Have a good start in the new week
From overcome with carnival madness Cologne:)
PS.Thank God I have a day off today.It´s really almost like in Rio(maybe except the weather,ok.and Brazilian girls:)
subhendu_bagchi (25873) 2014-03-03 2:49
an interesting composition here. The presentation is unique with those silhouetted people watching the signature of America outside. Great show, cleverly composed. Enjoyed it a lot. Tfs.
jhm (140629) 2014-03-03 3:41
More than hundred year ago during the great immigration to America this was the first statue that all the people can see from the boat.
This is almost the same image that my Oncles wrote long time ago to my father.(1919)Excellent captured, nice composition.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (62028) 2014-03-03 5:33
Dans ma dernière réunion de mon groupe de photos, le thème était " A travers la fenêtre".
Cette photo aurait bien parue. Même si c'est flou on sait automatiquement où on se trouve. Les silhouettes devant apportent de la profondeur à la composition. Le noir et blanc donne un beau petit côté documentaire.
ikeharel (58921) 2014-03-03 7:11
What you had done here, reminded me a book recently red about immigrants in the turn of the 20th century, who came to the USA and from the small hatchs on their vessels, they could see the Statue of Liberty.
The B&W blur texture made it looks as ancient photo.
Cheers for that. Misty day outside had left you with no better choice.
worldcitizen (7123) 2014-03-03 9:45
"...on the boats and on the planes, they're coming to America..." :-) Your recent photo titles are making me hear music! That song was the first thing that came to mind, but the movie was cute, too.
I like your attempt at an old-fashioned feeling. I also like it when we are looking at people looking at the main subject. It's as if we are peaking in on their private moment. Gotta love Miss Liberty, too. I think this experiment was a success. :-)
serp2000 (40652) 2014-03-03 9:48
Oh, I think it could be good journalist photo, Jason.
I have often seen the chronicle of the early XX century with the same scene. Very creative idea and as always interesting note.
All the best wishes,my friend!
Noel_Byrne (25296) 2014-03-03 11:14
I like this idea a lot, and your post processing has worked a treat, I do feel like I am peering into the past here. Lady Liberty stands tall, and must have been such a sight to see for those feeling famine, war and persecution. And what a nation to open its arms and welcome them creating the most diverse nation on earth! Where else do you find Germans living beside Chinese, Irish beside Polish, all races, religions and peoples, happy under one big ladies lamp.
Excellent idea, I applaud this. I also slightly suspect now that you have a time machine, and did actually travel back to the late 1800's to do this, but I guess that sounds like insane ramblings. But the way I see it, anybody who can employ a balloon chair for those special birds eye view shots can surely procure a time machine on ebay.
All the best from literally the other side of the Atlantic from this shot!
nikkitta (14992) 2014-03-03 11:46
Photo is old and your work make it older and moving, made me think about people coming to the States so plenty of hope and dreams, what in general they obtained
Well done my friend from the desert
Also frame is matching
Have a great week, but remember be good and take care
Just read a perfect french ctitique whiten by you to Cricri
Tres bien fait
Always remembering song and films, did you watch yesterday ceremony of Oscars?
ACL1978 (7507) 2014-03-03 12:42
Ohhhh, I love this one, Jason. Instant favorite. You aged the shot just perfectly, and the inclusion of those heads as they watch Lady Liberty glide by are incredibly evocative of so many old Ellis island shots that I've seen over the years. Perfectly done, and a really skillful homage. Thanks!
mcmtanyel (14245) 2014-03-03 21:56
Very nice psotprocessing to make your digital image look like an old print. I love the out of focus silhouettes of people in the f/g.
mirosu (14984) 2014-03-04 1:08
I like your introductory note, very wise. I've also emigrated from my country many years back, escaping from military conflict, I can fully understand the feeling of the emigrants arriving on ship from Europe to country of their dreams. You are right, this must have been first view of America. My mother had also few relatives which emigrated to your country, but many of them gone for ever and I lost contact to the younger generation. I like this photo very much. Thanks for posting it.
Royaldevon (30783) 2014-03-04 1:10
You put a lot of thought into your photographs!
This certainly conjures up the mood that you intended.
I remember visiting Ellis Is. and spent a very long time reading, looking and listening to all the information. The memory still lingers. Your photograph, with its blurred images of people, looking through bars at the Statue of Liberty, symbolises that mood of fear, of trepidation, of anticipated freedom, ....!
Your pp work, for me, is perfectly acceptable for the message portrayed.
Have a great day,
ourania (32825) 2014-03-04 11:56
I've always felt awe at the sight of this grand statue, it's so tall and suggestive. It's become a very touching and evocative symbol for the people who have encountered it at the beginning of a new start/bet in life. A friend of mine from Greece visited Ellis island a few years ago and looked for her great grandfather's name in the long list of immigrants from around the world. I was moved even upon seeing it in a photo. And, like millions of greek families, we have relatives and friends in N.Y. and other parts of America, too.
Your picture is appealing and it's easy to feel the fascination of the still, blurry figures and apply thoughts and expectations to them. People are massively leaving Greece again due to the crisis, this picture symbolizes a "new" chapter in our history, one that repeats once a century... Congratulations on this fine work, thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
npecanhuk (66862) 2014-03-04 13:02
Very interesting picture and note!
I think that, for all of us who know a bit about the history of the USA, that sight of the Statue of Liberty means immigration and pictures of it, like this one here, transports us back in time, to try to give us the same feelings those people had when entering that Country for their first time!
Sepia, exposure, chosen pov and composition are all suitable to the idea and excellent photo qualities!
TFS - congrats,
Waylim (25362) 2014-03-11 19:03
An excellent conversational piece. I like the pp and sepia tone to give the photo a look of old and vintage quality. Many of us has a story of our own, how we come to America, or at least in the not so distance ancestor's story of when they immigrated to the U.S. in search of a new and better life, if not for themselves, for their children and future generation. At least in my case, my parents come here for us, and not themselves.
My story if you’re interested
adores (38202) 2014-03-29 16:58
It's a really good idea and homage to the immigrants. The PP is very good and makes it a timeless photo. I believe the view they had was really this one, I just wonder what came to their minds on that moment - so many different feelings and dreams! A very good shot!