Scowling Towards Me & Inside Looking out

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¡COMANDANTE BIGGIE!, 2014, Bernardo Vanterpool

The photograph above was taken on March 13, 2014 at three o’clock in the afternoon. I had just gotten off Lafayette St. on a Queens bound, local C train when I took this photograph on Fulton St. and S. Portland St. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. As I walked up the stairs and out of the subway, I spotted this magnificent mural painted on a four story red brick apartment building. I started to scrutinize the mural and its surroundings, snapped a photograph and decided this photograph will be part of my descriptive essay. This is a mural of a Brooklyn rapper by the name of Biggie Smalls, who was shot dead in the year 1997. I titled this photograph “Fantasy on a Wall” because the mural portrays the rapper as an army militant. The phrase below the mural reads “¡COMANDANTE BIGGIE!” The translation of this phrase from Spanish to English is “Commander Biggie!”

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Theodore Roosevelt United States Courthouse, 2014, Bernardo Vanterpool

This is a photograph of the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse located at 225 Cadman plaza, Brooklyn, New York. I took this photograph from the men’s bathroom on the seventh floor of the New York City College of Technology. When I stepped inside the bathroom, it felt like I walked right into a three hundred degree oven. I quickly jogged about fifteen feet over to the windows when I saw this enthralling view. Before anything I noticed the courthouse and its amazing height. The courthouse is 22-stories high. There are two other eye captivating buildings. On the left edge of the photograph a section of the seven floor Pearl Building is shown. The right edge captures a fifteen story, brick apartment building along Tillary st. On the ground floor of the apartment building retail stores are located. There are cars stopped at a red light and if you look closely a person with a withe shirt is crossing the street.

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1 Response to Scowling Towards Me & Inside Looking out

  1. Hi Bernardo,

    I approve of both photos. I’m looking forward to your comparison.
    Best,
    Sean

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