Whenever I set up my camera on one of my tripods anywhere, I attract a lot of attention, as numerous people tend to come up and chat. It's a great way to meet new people, and today was no exception. One man named Bob, told me he collected glass and marbles (the kind of marbles we played with as kids), and has a large collection of glass and bottles the sea has deposited here on Staten Island's ocean facing shore over the years. Some of them are several hundred years old. It turns out this was a busy place many decades ago. Rose (that's her and her dog "Baby"), told me that the this used to be a pier for seaplanes to load and unload passengers long, long ago. And Bob said that the remnants of the pier to my right (out of picture view) used to be a wharf that led to a popular restaurant. Both are now long gone - nothing left but the stumps of the piers that once were.
I love how my camera not only captures moments in time, but brings me into contact with so many interesting people that divulge fascinating tidbits of things I could never have guessed about. A most enjoyable hobby photography has turned out to be.
New Dorp beachfallStaten Islandsemi candid