All posts by Natali Agudelo

Ways of Seeing : Location

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.

Ways Of Seeing : Project #2 (Draft)

Have you ever thought about stopping and looking what’s surrounding you now than what it was long time ago? Time is the key to life, and everything changes because of it, and with just a blink of an eye, the world is not the same anymore. New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, but, things changed dramatically, and when we look at a certain thing, you try to remember what was there before. The “Old” New York was the famous New York many people knew. Buildings were so modern, horses were “taxis”, and picture taking was in black and white. All those things that “Old” New York had is still remembered today when you see the change. So, when I stood in a certain place that I enjoy going, I see the juxtaposition of the “Old” New York, and the “New” New York.

To begin with, I didn’t really think about how New York City was before. You are so use to seeing what there is now, but you do get to remember what was there before things changed. In your neighborhood, you could see that things aren’t the same when time has been passing by, for example the Burger King that you see across the street was a car shop, or the Chase Bank that you go now to deposit money was a junk yard. Where I go, I call it “my” New York, because is a place where now is a park and is just so beautiful because you see both The Brooklyn Bridge, and The Manhattan Bridge. Many people know this place, its called “The Brooklyn Bridge Park”, also know as DUMBO, and it’s a very famous tourist place. When you look at certain things, you see new things, and I saw a lot of new things that were something else long ago. While I was walking, between Water St and Old Fulton St, I saw railroad tracks, all rusty and a good percent was covered with cement and bridge legs. From that moment, I saw my juxtaposition of “Old”  and “New” New York.

Furthermore, I took pictures of these railroads, and I was imagining how beautiful it was to have a train go by here, and under these bridges. When you come across these railroads, you already know that “Old” New York was here, and in my own personal opinion, I wish that the train that passed by here years ago , could have passed by here today. “New” New York, is just cement, with a brick like look, but it’s not the same, and the streets are bumpy and narrow in some ways. One of the Bridge Legs sits on these cements, but not on the railroads, but you could see that trains passed by it. When I saw these railroads, I felt the sound of it, and the feeling of the wind. The noises you hear when a train passes, is just so noisy, fast, and sometimes could be annoying. Now, you don’t hear that noise, all you hear is people, footsteps, wind, and sometimes even silence at night. So, I am not the only one that talks about “Old” New York and how things changed overtime.

Moreover, an author named, Calson Whitehead, has his New York. He wrote a book called,” The Colossus of New York,” and I read a part of ” City Limits”, which describes a little about his New York and juxtaposition of old and new. He tries to give a message to New Yorkers that has remembered how “Old” New York was and how it is today. After reading a part of his book, I started to look more about New York City, and seeing the aesthetic point of views I had, and what he had. “Go back to your old haunts in your old neighborhoods and what do you find, they remain and have disappeared”( Colson Whitehead, City Limits). One of my favorite sayings of Whitehead and it’s what I do sometimes when i cross by something new. It’s a fact that when you go back, you don’t see what you saw before. Like I said before, time is so magical, and “Old” New York was just so unique and ordinary, and now “New” New York, is more modernized and more technology than ever. Need a cab? They are everywhere, you wont miss one, but in the old times, horses was your way back home. So, as you can see, “Old” New York is remembered, and now “New” New York is the big deal.

In addition, when you think about New York City, you obviously talk about the big buildings, the lights, the music, the stores and so on. What is my concern is that I never got to say goodbye to what I saw before. I am not the only one, many people haven’t, as well as Colson Whitehead. DUMBO, is “my” New York, but not the New York that we see today, I want to see that train that goes by Water St, and Old Fulton St, I want to feel the wind, hear the noise. I want to experience that feeling of that train being there, the people in it, how different it would be. Colson Witehead wrote, “ We can never make proper goodbyes. It was your last ride in a Checker cab and you had no warning” (Colson Whitehead, City Limits). He was referring to that one last time you saw your favorite place, and now your thought you would see it again, but it disappeared. Today, New York City is different than ever, and we will never forget how it became this way. Mankind made change happen, and of course time. “New” New York has become the famous city that people around the world come to visit. If you look to other states or other countries, New York City will bet that is more extraordinary than them.

In conclusion, “old” New York will be seen everyday, because “new” New York is still old, but it has changed to be more modernize if you see closely. Goodbye to the things we saw long ago, or wished we did,  and hello to new possibilities. “My” New York will always be there, and I will go by those railroads, because its not going anywhere, its still there, just covered up. If you had the chance to go back through time, maybe a take pic, and see the difference. Of course thats not possible, but both old and new is still there, we are literally looking at it and stepping on it.


Works Cited :

Whitehead, Colson. “City Limits.” From The Colossus Of New York

City Limits : Colson Whitehead

City Limits – Calson Whitehead

After reading Calson’s introduction to his book , “City Limits”, it opened my eyes to a different view of New York . He is right about the old New York and how it changed through time . Sometimes we don’t realize when we were younger what was around us and now it’s something’s different . His introduction describes about New York City and how it changed , what was in one location and now today is something else . We don’t sometimes have that chance to say goodbye to our old New York . What do I mean by “our old New York ? “. Like he said, someone’s New York could be different from mine , but it’s what was before then what is there now . Is our laundrymat that we had to put quarters inside , now they are inside buildings or you use a card . Or the carshop right across the street is now a Burger King . Through time we don’t see it much , and we can’t say goodbye . New things happen everyday to New York City and we don’t see it until one day we walk pass by through and remember what was there before it . With this , I found my New York , I go there all the time , and it started by just a picture I took . Through time it changed , but saying goodbye wasn’t an option .

Aural Topographies: Research

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.


Zine (noun) : a small magazine that is written by people who are not professional writers and that usually has stories about a particular subject.

I didn’t know about this word until my professor, Rosen, told us about it. We went to the The Center For Book Arts, I saw the Zines that people created for us to read and see what their message were.

I now understand what “zine” is, the Field Trip made me understand what they are and what it means.

Field Trip Reflection

It was an amazing experience  going to both The Center For Book Arts, and The Rubin Museum because I honestly never been to both these locations. When we went to The Center For Book Arts, the Zines were so out there. It had everything about violence, politics, women, and so on. My favorite one that I read was, “The Talking Lamb”, and it was very dirty, but interesting at the same time . A man talking to a lamb and arguing about very uncomfortable things to even write on this post. I also enjoyed the different stories of individuals that were hanged up on the wall. Some were weird, sad, fun and outstanding stories, but their story is what made them who they are today. After going around, we finally saw the process of printmaking machines. I always wanted to try printmaking, but never got the chance to. The guy that talked about it was very friendly, he showed us a poster and how you can tell that it was freshly printed but the old style.  Anyway, going to the Rubin Museum wasn’t as bad, and I really enjoyed that museum. Francesco Clemente, a Italian man, but his heart in India. His paintings was a one word description, phenomenal. It described the cultures that India has, but also the differences within. In my opinion and what I saw in his paintings, India has a lot to do with symbols, and Earth. In some way the Sun means something, as well as the moon. Hunger strikes people in India, and starvation occurs everyday. The sculptors that represented the Sun was my favorite because in india is always hot, and people need to somehow get water from the river or a stream they could find. Finally, after visualizing and comprehending, i enjoyed his work. It was interesting and fun to read about each painting. At the end, it was time to go, but I enjoyed the Field trip and can’t wait for more to come! :)

The Talking Lamb, Sushi Yes

The Talking Lamb, Sushi Yes

Individual Stories

Individual Stories

Francesco Clemente, The Sun

Francesco Clemente, The Sun

Ways Of Seeing: Project #1 Reflections

After completing Project #1, I feel very accomplished. This project consisted of just writing about yourself and who you want to be. I think it was a very interesting project because a lot of people don’t know who they are or who they want to be, but this project makes you think and realize who you are. Within this project, peers would read and give you ideas or feedback of what you wrote. This was a very helpful method because I fixed my essay and included more details than it had before. It was okay to be eccentric in a good way, it was about yourself so go for it! When I made my own revision, I thought it was well done. Maybe I could include more vocabulary words, but I thought what I wrote is exactly who I am and people know who I am once they read this.  I didn’t take so much on time on this project except one thing…. and that was writing of who I really am. Like i said before, its hard to write who you are when you really don’t know fully who you are. But, after this project, and after experimenting more that consisted of what I love to do, I know who I am if anybody asked. So, in total it tok a week, with revision and feedback from peers, but in general I would say an hour for the final piece.  For my next project, I want to accomplish it with more vocabulary words, and more detailed work. I hope next project would be as fun and interesting like Project #1 was.