Giving is good.
My son Miles goes to kindergarten at The Little Red School in Greenwich Village (where my wife Celeste is the lower school technology teacher). Once a year they have an art auction where members of the community and parents make donations of their work to raise money for the school. Artists include Annie Leibovitz, William Wegman, Howard Schatz, and …. um …. me.
This year, I’ve printed a special piece just for the school’s auction. One of a kind. Check it out.
There’s a little piece of fading Americana right there. Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel – a mecca of mirth – the future of which is uncertain since much of the site is going to be made in to – what else? Condos!
The 150 foot tall Wonder Wheel was built in 1920 and all 440,000 pounds of steel used in it was forged directly on site by Bethlehem Steel. It was one of the only ferris wheels ever built that has cars that move along tracks as it spins – adding a whole ‘nother element of excitement to the ride. It has only stopped once – during the great NYC blackout of 1977. The owners had to hand crank the gears to get riders down.
I took the principle image in November 2005 with a Canon TS-45L Tilt-Shift lens which is what produces the unusual depth of field and that surreal look. The final image is printed 12×18 and mounted on stretched canvas – ready to hang (of course it doesn’t have the logo & border that we use here on the blog). It is signed en verso- which is the art world’s fancy way of saying “on the back.”
Bring some childhood memories into your home – and you’ll smile every time you look at it while you think to yourself, “Damn, that is one sweeeeet photograph! So glad I donated enough money to such a worthy cause that they chose to give it to me for free!”
In addition, if you bid on it, not only do you get major good karma (hello – it’s for children’s EDUCATION!) but also, I’ll be your best friend.