Imagine

By: multidimensionalsuchness

Jul 21 2012

Category: Uncategorized

1 Comment

Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:6.2mm
ISO:250
Shutter:1/59 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

As anyone who has been there knows, this photo was taken at Strawberry Fields in New York City’s Central Park. This area of the park is dedicated to John Lennon who was shot just outside his apartment building across the street in 1980. We happened upon this scene on a warm Memorial Day in 2009 while on a magical mystery tour of the Park. It started out on the South side where we watched some break dancers, we then walked further into the park taking pictures and headed in the general direction (west) of Strawberry Fields which my partner had never seen before. We came to the Sheep’s Meadow where there was a huge dance party going on including roller bladers who were line dancing, guys with boom boxes on their shoulders, and people blowing whistles like a Boxer Day parade in the Bahamas.  We joined in, dancing with complete strangers and abandon. It was starting to get dark so we decided to move on. Just as we were barely outside the earshot of the boom boxes, we heard some drums so we pursued the area from which the sound was emanating finding a large drum circle like in the movie, “The Visitor”. Here we just stood and watched, enchanted by the eclectic mix of djembe players–old, young, black, white, Hispanic. As much as we would have liked to stay longer, we wanted to reach our destination before dark so we headed west again. As we approached Strawberry Fields, we heard more strains of music. As we got closer we made out the notes of “Imagine” by John Lennon. We had arrived. A quartet of musicians was singing John Lennon and Beatles songs on this, Memorial Day. We sat down with a group of others and quietly contemplated the message of peace that Lennon spread during his all-too-short life.

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One comment on “Imagine”

  1. Thanks for leaving this message. Reminds me of my fun trip to this almost sacred spot.


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