New Moon on the Lagoon: slideshow

Last week the magicians at Opera-Matic created another enchanting spectacle, this time in beautiful Humboldt Park. From the horse’s mouth:

Join Opera-Matic and the community for an evening of musical migration as we celebrate Humboldt Park in spring, a place we all come to find our way. Humboldt Park’s namesake, Alexander Von Humboldt, was a naturalist, a geographer, and an explorer. This community spectacle uses the inspiration of Von Humboldt to present the natural areas of Humboldt Park’s lagoon and the theme of altered migration through creative geography and public participation.

Bring your friends, your family, and your flashlights for this special Humboldt Park lagoon twilight get-together. The paths around the Humboldt Park lagoon have been activated with unique beacons of lost light. Come whale watch a whale who can’t move from its spot, track a lost moon who can’t stay awake, and blink your own S.O.S. to a zeppelin pilot stranded without flight. The Lullaby Parade, guided by lull-a-bikes and a flashlight flag corps, tour the lagoon’s lost light spots, and find community in the process. Come be part of our joyful night time parade, powered by people and song.


Mia Park

Mia Park under a weeping willow in Humboldt Park. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Earlier this month I photographed my friend Mia Park under a weeping willow in Humboldt Park. Mia is an endlessly energetic dynamo who wears a multitude of hats; among other things, she’s a TV host, theatrical producer, actor, yoga instructor, and musician.

Momentum Mori Project


On Halloween I photographed and filmed the Momentum Mori Project’s procession along North Avenue (as part of the Haunted Paseo Boricua parade), which concluded at Humboldt Park where I shot the above picture. Here’s Mark Messing, one of the talented folks behind the project, describing it:

It’s a memorial to the cyclists who have been killed around the city. Inspired by the “Ghost Bikes”, bikes painted white at locations where cyclists have been killed, our bike procession will feature a Crossing Guard Warrior Goddess on chariot led by Ghost Horses, flanked by Ghost Riders riding white bikes and dressed in all white.


camera phone pictures

I shot these with my camera phone last Sunday–a gorgeous spring day– in Humboldt Park while waiting for my turn at the plate during a Wiffleball game. I reduced the size but otherwise they are untouched–no color, brightness or other adjustments. I like the exaggerated, unnatural colors. This reminds me a bit of shooting with a toy camera. I guess it is a toy camera, come to think of it.

(photos by Jim Newberry)