The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

An afternoon shot from up on the Kosciuszcko Bridge, looking downwards at the always fabulous Newtown Creek. As mentioned, one is making it a point of getting out and into the direct radiates of the burning thermonuclear eye of god itself. On this particular day, I was meeting and then taking a walk with a friend from Brooklyn and catching up on the latest nuances of political struggle and activist community innuendo in Greenpoint. It’s a pressure cooker over there.

Why not crack out a few shots along the way?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Since I wasn’t “considering and composing” these shots should be considered to be “snap shots” rather than photographs. Since 99% of the people reading this wouldn’t care about the artsy fartsy distinction between the two, I shouldn’t even mention it.

There’s a lot of nuance which goes into even a “snap shot” for me, but there’s a real difference in how you approach the capture. If that was a “photograph” I would have used a neutral density filter (and tripod) to slow down the exposure speed, which would have rendered the water as looking like a mirror rather than allowing all of those water ripples to form a distracting “busy” area. As mentioned, however, I was there to chat and any photos that fell out of the encounter were just a bonus.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On my way back home, one scuttled through LIC and past Dutch Kills where possible evidences of “it” were observed. “It” is something that was described to me last year by some of the street people whom I converse with. In fact, I’ve got a small legion of people who irregularly report things about Newtown Creek to me. This particular methodology is something I picked up from Sherlock Holmes and the Batman comics.

You’d be surprised at what someone will tell you for the price of a bottle of cold beer and a bag of Fritos. Hidden knowledge is cheap these days.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 9, 2021 at 11:00 am

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  1. Andy Warhol once proclaimed: “There’s no such thing as a bad photograph.”

    georgetheatheist . . makes sense

    June 9, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    • I have several examples of my own work with which I can challenge that statement

      Mitch Waxman

      June 9, 2021 at 1:34 pm

  2. I’d like to hear more about “it” as I’ve been hearing about it since I was 16. First from an old bridge keeper on the Grand Ave bridge during some late night bicycle rides then every so often afterwards from local characters.

    The only description I’ve ever heard was that it was big and that nobody who ever got a close look at it was in any condition to talk about. This condition was invariably in only pieces found with unusual bite marks on them and the facial expressions on the heads, if found, were of unimaginable terror.

    Officially death by accident or suicide, the facial expressions were normal death rictus and the marks explained as the work of scavengers of both the terrestrial and aquatic kinds.


    June 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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