When I set out to find the "Little Red Lighthouse" I had an idea that it might be a bit of a challenge. It's located way uptown on 178th street and prior to today, I've never ventured past 95th street. Besides it being an unfamiliar neighborhood, I have the amazing ability to get lost even with a GPS in my hand. Nevertheless, I wanted to break from the routine of my week and have an adventure. I definitely got more than I bargained for. When I got off the subway and pulled out my directions, I proceeded to get very, very lost. Im pretty sure I passed the same pizza shop three times, and strangers began to recognize me as the crazy guy carrying a tripod. At one point I was on the verge of calling it quits and heading home but the desire to make this photograph made me stay the course.
Eventually, I started heading in what seemed to be the right direction but it was definitely not on a path designed for people. It was so narrow that I had to walk sideways at several points. Looking around I realized I was completely alone. Things were looking pretty dicey so I just kept moving. I passed some "No Trespassing" signs and began to hope I would get picked up by the cops. I imagined how they would laugh at my ridiculous story of getting lost in the woods of New York City and drive me back to more familiar territory. Well, there were no cops, nor any cabs. It was just me in an unkept area underneath a noisy highway. After a harrowing period of uncertainty I miraculously came upon the real path leading to the Lighthouse. Before finally arriving at my destination, several variations of "this damn thing better be good" were muttered. Yet, for all my grumbling, I knew I had just had an extraordinary journey that I would never forget. As for the photo, I chose to use the Lensbaby Fisheye as it is super wide and allowed me to capture both the Lighthouse and the bridge. Almost as if he was on cue, a biker entered the frame as I pressed the shutter.
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