The video "Ferry in Light and Shadow"

July 31, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

The video "Ferry in Light and Shadow" won a "Nova" award from Staten Island Community Television in 1993. It features 131 black-and-white photographs of the Staten Island Ferry experience.

Taken during years of riding the boats, including thousands of commuter trips, the photos do not try to document every aspect of ferry operation. They concentrate on the changing weather conditions and patterns of light and shade which riders experience on the ferry. Emotional highs and lows are implied: in the glimpses of other vessels, views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline, the docking machinery, and the anticipation of launching into the harbor or coming into a slip.

The decision by the New York Public Library to place the video in its circulating collection spawned the idea of an exhibition at the St. George Library Center of about forty-five of the still photos used in the video, as well as a screening and discussion of the video, during the fall of 1995.

 


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