Check out the photos ! Research/Reflection below !
2003 District Map
1800s Faded Map (you can tell it’s old)
1900s Transportation Map between Manhattan and Brooklyn
Updates on Atlas
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.
For this project, I went to my favorite place , Dumbo. This place is where I go to just relax and do some sketching or take photographs. From City tech all you have to do is take the F train from Jay St going towards Manhattan and is just one stop away. You get off York St and you will immediately see one of the bridges, so I usually follow it and go by Old Fulton St and Water St. That is where I saw what I was going to write for this project. Between those two streets, you see old railroad tracks. Thats where I juxtaposed both old and new New York. I compared how it was before and how it is now. It’s completely different, and its just covered with brick like cement. This was my location, my New York.
The song I used to research a little of visualizing sound was Unkiss Me, by Maroon 5. The beginning of the song had a sharp sound, almost like you scraping something, maybe steel or so. It had that deep rhythm, then it slowly became to go smoothly, like a straight line just smooth. My favorite part came up, the drums booming to the rhythm and the tone was deep but then high and low waves. If you can imagine the beat of the drums, its like from small balls then drastically to big balls, then back to small and it goes to a pattern. It’s a sharp pattern with high and low tones.
You would get confused in a way with so much sound in the background and when you have the pencil on the paper you just don’t want to let go it just keeps on going without stopping. It was great researching this song, you could feel and hear the rhythm, it’s very obvious and it was really fun to go deep into sound.
I usually don’t look through my window and see what’s going on outside , but I come to realize that sometimes I should. So, I did ! I started to visualize what I see right through my window frame, and I found some interesting things that never catches my eye. I see a semi-tall tree right in front of my neighbor’s house which faces me. This tree has been there since the day I was born, and during the Spring time it blossoms beautiful small flowers. Not only do I see the tree, but I see the sky above it, which really makes my morning. It has these weird multi-colors, that you seem like your in a different planet. It could become like this pink to purple color, and sometimes its this green and blue color. The clouds becomes weird looking shapes that blends in with the colors. These colors remind me a lot of galaxies in space. Sometimes, on that tree, I see birds that like to rest under the shadows of the leaves, and my neighbor throws bread so that they can eat. I think that is samaritan when it comes to animals, because they need food just like we do. Through this window frame it give me a aesthetic pleasure, because with my visualization and my imagination I see art.