Cherry Blossom Lane
It is the spring of 2014, and now I was two years removed from tearing both of my rotator cuffs (pain and suffering like you wouldn't believe ). Two years of rehabbing, and physical therapy has mostly healed the pinch nerve in my neck, caused by the extreme shoulder instability). The numbness in my fingers has been greatly reduced. And while I wasn't healed enough to carry one of my heavy camera bags on one shoulder and one of my heavy tripod bags on the other, I was finally able to carry one of my heavier tripods slung over one shoulder while pulling my camera luggage roller behind me.
For over a year I could barely lift my arms parrelell to the floor, let alone try and lift a camera. So for most of the past 24 months I took very few photographs. Now feeling closer to normal than I have in a veeery long time I loaded up with more equipment than I had been able to lug around since I tore the cuffs. I celebrated the improvement by trekking out to the botanical gardens in Brooklyn to capture colorful spring scenes.
One place I was looking forward to visiting was the Esplanade which I fondly call "cherry blossom lane". This wonderful stone bench was a great looking anchor point. For several hours, later in the day, I parked myself at this same spot, and took dozens of shots that captured the interactions between people and bench. Sometimes there are objects in a park or cityscape that create an aura around it that people gravitate to or near, without even realizing it, and this bench during this time of year is certainly one of those things.
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