They Made Me Do It......I didn't want to Do it ......

Close In On The Cure

Close In On The Cure
fountain at Love Park, Philadelphia, PA turned pink in October for breast cancer awareness

Monday, November 30, 2009

Let the Holidays Begin!

After the turkey was carved and lips licked clear of pumpkin pie, the dishes washed, a football game viewed and a nap had by many, it was time for making a few holiday plans.

Black Friday arrived and I set off on an excursion with a good friend to New York City. As is always the case when visiting New York, there are so many wonderful places to go, so much to see and even more to do. We decided to spend the majority of this trip in Manhattan, walking from Broadway to Bryant Park, Central Park to Broadway, stopping, eating, drinking and shopping at many wonderful places along the way.

Wherever I go I search for a photo opportunity; and New York ~ the city that never sleeps, the city known as the Big Apple, is a city that never disappoints. New York is a city that never disappoints in delivering the new, the old, the bizarre, the conservative, the trendy, the downtrodden, the rich, the famous, glamour, glitz, rock, roll and rhythm; there is something to be had for one and something to be had for all.

Walking down Fifth Avenue, forever remembering Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, I am continuously fascinated by the haute couture of one design fashion house after another and never more so than when standing before the breathtaking, superb design of the window displays of Bergdorf Goodmans'.

There are many I can write about Sacks, Henri Bendel, and none that disappoint, but for the purpose of this post I will give a brief background ~ researched from the teller of all true tales Wikipedia on Bergdorf Goodman.

Bergdorf Goodman is located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in NYC. The department store a seller of luxury goods, was originally opened as a tailor shop by Mr. Bergdorf an immigrant from France in 1899. His employee Mr. Goodman purchased the store in 1906 and moved it to its present location on Fifth Avenue.

From the early 1960's to the late 1970's the store underwent several changes and some major challenges. To combat lagging sales the store tried opening branch locations, one of which is now its sister store and competitor Neiman Marcus.

The store features boutiques for Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Versace to name a few.

There is no doubt much to see at Bergdorf's, but for me I could not get past the window displays, which are more remarkable than words could ever describe. I must have taken twenty photos, but from those twenty photos, selected my favorites and created the collage below. For a more detailed visual of Bergdorf's windows you can Google Bergdorf Goodman Window Displays, photos by photographer ... and you will see detailed photos of each and every window in this amazing store.

This holiday season if you are in search of a fun filled day with a few rays of some enticing eye candy, take a stroll down Fifth Avenue, grab a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and stop for a stare at the holiday display windows at Bergdorf Goodmans.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Faces of Bergdorf Goodman

This is a collage of several window displays taken from the famous department store Bergdorf Goodman in Midtown Manhattan, NYC. Unfortunately it was a very sunny day and the glare was a bit more than expected when processing the photos. Also I was unable to set up a tripod since there were many holiday visitors the day after Black Friday to contend with in NYC.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Lost Love

Lost Love, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

for all of those who have lost someone ~ to someone else ~ this is a very old photo; I took a double-exposure with a Lensbaby; a caracture taken from a vintage matchbox.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Journey of a Lifetime Begins with a Single Step

Doing more posting of photos than writing this month. Always taking new steps toward new adventures with hopefully challenging and exciting outcomes.

For some amazing artwork check out the new blog I'm following Artist Samuel J. Formica at I think you will really enjoy it. Click on the link for portfolio.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Winds of War

Winds of War, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

Oh how this month is flying. It seems now that I have a job I have no time to post or even take photos.

This is a collage I put together ~ an experiment of five photos; two that were taken and intentionally blurred and three focused photos. The photos range in extremes of light from very dark to pure white light and as you can see the subject matter lends itself toward the dark side.

I like to view the basic and whether it be a tree, a flower or a street, I like to present it so the viewer can see a story in the photo.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

When One Window Closes ...

Jaded, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

An end to unemployment ...!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Darkness falls across the land ...

This is the end of a somewhat dark period in life photo; I am posting it as an end and thereby beginning photo. For just as the days of nature cycle from beginning to end, so do the days of our lives go through cycling periods.

I have after five months of unemployment finally become gainfully employed. I did not settle for a job just to sustain myself, but stuck to my convictions and was able to find a position in the realm of employment which I will be able to spend hours upon hours if not captivated by, at least enjoying. So it is with enthusiasm I ask ~ shall we dare to bring on a new day, one that is filled with new adventures and challenges?! :O)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hello November

I open November's posts with a sampling of Fall's crown jeweled colors. No matter how many year pass I am always amazed at the metamorphasis nature succumbs to with the changing of the season. It seems colors change daily and the changes come almost in rapid succession. The two posts or photos below are a sampling of the changes. Both photos were taken and are original from the camera with no digital enhancements. It is just amazing the color differences from one photo to the next. The photo entitled the Legend of Zorro was taken with a Lensbaby lens; the photo entitled The Crown Jewels was taken with a Lensbaby macro lesn.

The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

The Legend of Zorro

The Legend of Zorro, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This is it

Hard to believe October is past and we are starting November. I start November with one of my first posts as a review of Michael Jackson's "This is it" at theatres everywhere, no matter what country or part of the globe you reside. Now how many films can you make a statement like that about. As usual with Michael the film did not disappoint and was filled with perfection to detail, exalted elements of fantasy and left you feeling filled with a longing to heal the world and make it a better place.

Michael Jackson for me has long been my favorite entertainer and after seeing the footage of what might have been one of the greatest concerts of all time, I was moved to feelings of great sadness. Listening to his soft voice give direction and talk of feeling love for his art of dance and music to his fellow performers and crew, I continue to feel amazement at the force that smoldered inside someone who exuded such a soft and gentle presence. The energy of movement he possessed was remarkably shown when on stage with fellow performers more than half his age. His movements fluid and flawless match his voice, angelic and fevered.

I highly recommend the film "This is it", to be seen not once but several times and even to own. It is something to be savored and cherished. I left the theatre on Halloween night feeling a great sadness for the loss of an icon we have not seen the likes of before and may never see again. Michael we will miss the warmth of your kindness, your spirit and your remarkable talent.