365 Project — 192 - Welcome to Astoria on Flickr.
365 Day Photo Project — Day 192, July 9th 2012. I can’t stay in Manhattan forever, so today I decided to explore my own neighborhood. I live in Astoria, which is a part of the Long Island City district of Queens. Today, I got off at the first stop, and walked about 50 blocks to and from the river, back to my apt. It’s a different feel from Manhattan, so it’s like starting over, getting comfortable even being in the area, let alone with my camera out the entire way. I walked through several warehouse areas, and saw some sketchy people, although no one bothered me. The elevated subway lines make for some epic scenery, which I can’t wait to photograph more, although there are none of those near my house (my line is completely underground). This is the N/Q line, in the heart of Astoria, about 10 blocks from my street.
I saw a lot more pictures than this, although I’m still getting comfortable shooting, and need to commit to the shot more. That means being comfortable. I struggled with the same thing in Manhatten for some time. One of the best momtents today was when I saw a bunch of kids with a fire hydrant open, spraying into the street. Talk about those moments you had always heard about! I took a few shots, but not until after the best shots had gotten away. It’s always hard with kids and their parents around, although their mom seemed cool with it. Still, you never want to overstay your welcome. Especially in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
So, welcome to my neighborhood. I’m sure you’ll be getting to know it much more in the coming months.