I saw this store window on Madison Avenue and was immediately struck by the size and, likely, weight of that necklace.  I wondered what woman had neck muscles that could support something like that.  I also wondered what woman would be able to wear something potentially that heavy on a warm NYC day  (at the same time she is wearing the sleeveless dress).  We may have been liberated from corsets but now we have jewelry.

I snapped the photo to keep track of it as a fashion absurdity.

It’s very easy to walk around New York (or anywhere else, for that matter) and be focused on the minutiae that preoccupies most of us, most of the time. Do I have to stop for groceries? Am I going to be late? Do I have what I need for this appointment? Will I have time to finish this or that thing I started?

All those preoccupations, I’m convinced, keep our eyes from being wide open to the countless interesting images we pass daily.  That may be why we take the most interesting photographs when we’re on a vacation.  We just slow down and are determined to look around and actually see things.

I am in an interregnum for work, of sorts, when most of my design supplies are packed up in storage.  I may have done that on purpose so I could simply experience what it’s like to live in New York City as a tourist.

After I saw this store window, I went to MOMA to see both the Cindy Sherman show and a little show of photographs by Eugene Atget.  The Sherman show was certainly provocative and did have me rethinking the stereotypical images of women I’d seen in the  countless portraits and photographs in hospital lobbies, on magazine covers, movie posters, etc.  Sherman has a keen eye, although, at one point, I thought the show reminded me of the Woody Allen move, “Zelig”.  She, like he, was everywhere.

The Atget show, however, was a gem and, if you are reading this and in New York City, you should go see it before it closes on April 9th.  His photographs, “documents pour artists”, were taken in and around Paris at the turn of the century and were best described by one reviewer as a “poetic transformation of the ordinary”.  I’m including one of the Atget mannequin photographs here:

Like Atget, I do enjoy documenting the texture of the city.  There’s simply so much to see in the mundane that we walk by every day.