Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is a place I went to many years ago, felt enchanted by, and then forgot about, save for the memory of the enchantment. The Fountain itself is really not so exciting, it’s just a fountain covered with tourists, but the terrace is a thing of wonder.
On Sunday, I went back to the Fountain for a photography class. I don’t usually take art classes, because I fear being judged on something I really just do because I love it, and I tend to avoid things that I’m not good at (i.e. math). Nate Borofsky, in his brief but famed podcast, said that every time he tries to copy something-music, writing, whatnot-it ends up looking entirely new and different. Until now, everything I “know” about photography, I’ve taught myself, based on reading and looking at other people’s photos and taking pictures based on things that are strange and beautiful. It was incredibly difficult, trying to simultaneously learn and unlearn and I took more practice shots than anything else, but here are some that I like.