Hello ! This might be personal blog post, but it relates a lot with writing and art. Three weeks ago my grandma past away from colon cancer. After her past, it has been very hard for me to even talk at times, and this weekend we started taking out her stuff from her room and to give them away. We kept some things, and one thing that I found from her was a journal. A beautiful journal, with art, photographs, and writing. It practically described her journeys here in New York City. I really didn’t know that my grandma back then liked to travel to the city and discover her favorite places. In the journal, she described how Times square was nothing but strip clubs and bars. Reading her journal, it made me realize how important it is to just live your life, and I know when she got here, thats the first thing she did. Just like we discovered our own New York, she had hers too. Years passed by, and as she explained on her journal, she found that her favorite part of New York City was Times Square, and in that case that was her New York. The last thing she wrote on her journal was, ” By reading this, go to my Times Square and follow the same steps I did and see how beautiful it is.” I miss my grandma very much, and she was a visualizer just like me, and now walking to Times Square will be more exciting knowing I am walking my grandma’s New York.
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It was such a great experience going to the Brooklyn Historical Society because I never been there before, and seeing everything about history back then was very interesting. We went there to see different maps on different time periods, and how we can compare that to today’s life and how we see things in our everyday lives. My group and I had three different maps, and we had to visualize, and write what we observed from each map. The maps we had was from the 1800s, 1900s and 2003. When you look at these maps, you could tell right away which one is old and which one is newly present. We demonstrated how by showing to our professors that the oldest map compared to the other two was old, and the color was faded. Moving forward to the more present maps, it showed more saturation and contrast, the color was good enough to read important information. In addition, what was also very interesting to me was the fire insurances Atlas, in this case showed what each building was made of( wood, brick, ground, etc) and how it worked for each. Each year or so, people would come and update these Atlas, and you could feel how rough the paper was with so much glue they would use pasting the paper on top of the old. Overall it was a great going there and realizing how time passes by so fast, you could see how everything changed from housing, transportation and a whole other things.
This was my favorite image of the “Wonder Exhibit” because it was one the most that stood out the most to me, something very different from the rest. I like that this photograph has something to think about, like why is there a lock there? Did someone’s quarters accidentally fell down ? It is such an interesting photograph that I enjoyed looking at. Overall this photograph has color even though it looks black and white, but you see the yellow from the reflection of the sun . The saturation of this photograph is very low, but it still looks very good, and as a visualizer I think the saturation was suppose to be low to have that sadness affect on the photo. The Green-Wood Cemetery is so big that it will probably take you three days to see everything, but this photograph that stood out the most to me had a great meaning and the photographer has good visualization !