Sunday, November 13, 2011

East Village Door

In past times, pools of still water were the most common source of reflections. A mirror was a rare and precious treasure. Our modern world is full of reflective objects: windows, cars, jewelry, polished floors. Reflections are ubiquitous, so we don't really see most of them anymore. I stopped to study this door in New York's East Village. The afternoon sun, bouncing off the buildings across the street, created a technicolor scene in the frame of the door. Curvy clusters of ironwork grapes mingled with the buildings' straight-edged geometry. Some funky, slightly decrepit edges remain in this increasingly scrubbed and gentrified neighborhood. The door reflects it all.