Governor’s Island seems to get more crazy every year. Such a difference from when it first opened up to the public 4 years ago when there was nothing there. Granted, we had no idea that there was an art festival going on that weekend, and then when we figured it out we were sort of relieved because suddenly every weird and bizarre thing that we came across actually made more sense, like a pole dancer on a bicycle powered boat float – so random. And this woman dressed as a firebird (2nd photo) who summoned the girls over to play. The island wasn’t crowded at that early hour and we had no idea that this was going on, so it was just us and this woman on the grass for awhile. She was so out there and so in character that I was kind of concerned for her, not knowing that she was part of the art weekend. Even Mia kept giggling nervously with side glances sort of skeptical about the whole thing. Claudine, on the other hand, went along with the whole charade in glee (more on the subtle differences in their ages, later).
This outing was also a photo outing with my friend Jill who is easing me back into the world of film. We went around the island and shot with some medium format cameras. She even gave Mia a Kodak brownie camera to use for the day. When I studied photography in high school and college, it was all film of course. We’d develop our own film rolls and print images in both color and black & white darkrooms. Though I have no idea if I’ll ever find myself in a darkroom again, I’d like to shoot more film and I’m trying to figure out what kind of camera I’d like to get since sadly, all our old film cameras seem to be in disrepair or missing. I’m thinking of getting Mia a little film camera too. Digital is great and all, but carefully selecting your shots because you have a finite roll of film and the anticipation of picking up the prints from a shop is such a different experience. It would be cool if the kids got to experience the same magic.