Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ominous Beauty Reeks From Coney's Underbelly

All Image courtesy of Nathan Kensinger

In this case not, mentioning all the bought politicians and greed taking over Coney's future but simply what lies underneath the boardwalk; in these beautiful photographs by Nathan Kensinger .

Kensinger writes:
In Brooklyn, even the hidden world under the Coney Island Boardwalk isn't safe from development. Recent repair work near Shoot the Freak has revealed and destroyed the Freak's domain. Luckily, there are still forgotten areas further down the boardwalk, stretches of quiet land that are home to tunnel lairs, foxholes, abandoned building entrances, discarded sharks, guard-doves, love nests and campsites. It is, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote in A Coney Island of the Mind -"a kissproof world of plastic toilet seats tampax and taxis/[...]and all the other fatal shorn-up fragments/of the immigrants dream come too true/and mislaid/among the sunbathers."

Kensinger has dedicated his pictures to the late Robert Guskind of the Gowanus Lounge:
On a personal note - these photos are dedicated to Robert Guskind, who's encouragement and support, beginning with a single photo in 2006, helped inspire me to document Brooklyn's entire industrial waterfront. He was a generous friend who advised me in creating this website, and then wrote a story about nearly every photo essay on it for Curbed and The Gowanus Lounge, bringing thousands of people to my photographs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Discarded Hark was stolen last fall from Surf n Turf Grill on Surf Ave. I wonder how it ended up here?