photo of the month
from randy kato





Hi,

We recently had a surprise visitor to NYC, an old friend from many years ago when we were new to the city, wide-eyed and full of wanderlust.

Of course, some wander farther than others, and this one - along with his partner - go the farthest. From the steppes of outer Mongolia to deep into the ___stans of western Asia, they venture to places that would frighten most people...if they've even heard of them.

But he brings back incredible stories and images from these places. Which I guess is why he's a National Geographic photographer.

As we reminisced about the great times we had "back in the day" a number of images came to mind. This one is from one of our far out urban adventures.

The location where this photo was taken is now a state park, but back then it was an off-limits urban wasteland overgrown with weeds, littered with the rotting carcasses of vehicles and half-sunken ferries, and featuring a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. In other words, the perfect place to explore and spend a night under the full moon.

Full moonlight is something I enjoy taking pictures by - as you may have noticed from last month's photo. I used it again here to shoot my friend(s) in this long exposure atop one of the aforementioned rotting hulks.

In his typical style, he wouldn't stand still...always on the move!

Enjoy!
Randy


* See the addendum to this issue for a note from the subject and links to his work.




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