The Newtown Pentacle

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Archive week, pandemic period.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

April 22 found me wandering around industrial Maspeth and returning back to Astoria via 58th street/Woodside Avenue. It also found me peering through the fence at one of the Calvary Cemeteries (#4, I think) and setting the camera up. As mentioned previously, one had been using the endless quarantine hours to practice certain photographic techniques under the controlled circumstance at HQ and this was one of the first shots “in the field” that I put them to work.

Everywhere I’ve walked to for the last 100 days or so has been predictably deserted, which is why they’ve been destinations. Unfortunately, in order to get back to my neighborhood, you need to walk through other neighborhoods. People = Cooties.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On May 3rd, the Maspeth Plank Road received a visit. The weather had just begun to warm up, although the end of the Quarantine Tribulations were still nowhere in sight. This is when I stopped wearing my filthy black raincoat and just had a sweatshirt on over t shirt and the usual multi pocketed pants. Within a couple of weeks, it was a short sleeve shirt. By this point, incidentally, that stimulus check was long spent. Haven’t earned a penny in months, me, and I’m still waiting on the Unemployment/Pandemic people to actually send me a check.

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

May 20th found one at the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek in Long Island City again. Time and again, when I stagger out into the world with no particular destination in mind, my feet will just carry me here. Several times in fact, I suddenly realized this is where I was heading while I was worrying about my finances, the state of the world, COVID, my elderly dog’s health – whatever happened to be assailing me that particular day.

Luckily, I happened to be there for a particularly nice interval – light wise – when several trees were flowering. Back next week with some fresh photos, places, stories at this – your Newtown Pentacle.

Note: I’m writing this and several of the posts you’re going to see for the next week at the beginning of the week of Monday, June 22nd. My plan is to continue doing my solo photo walks around LIC and the Newtown Creek in the dead of night as long as that’s feasible. If you continue to see regular updates as we move into April and beyond, that means everything is kosher as far as health and well being. If the blog stops updating, it means that things have gone badly for a humble narrator.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

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