Reality 11 / sunlight in Brooklyn
Reality 11 / sunlight in Brooklyn. For a snippet of Brooklyn atmosphere, this is me wandering through spray-painted streets, among busy basketball courts and past abandoned buildings surrounded in rusty wire-netting, somewhere round the edges of Greenpoint, one winter day in the mid-’90s. I’d just visited my friend Koji’s place, so he could record me spouting a monologue for an audition tape (from “The Dresser”, shown in another video here), but Koji wanted to keep his brand-new VHS camera rolling in order to get to know how its controls worked; so we went for an unplanned neighbourhood walk-about while he did so, to nearby McCarren Park and elsewhere.
Whenever you crossed the East River from Manhattan and stepped into Brooklyn, at that time, then the restless traffic vanished, the pace slowed, and the late-afternoon light slanted down freely over buildings that were only one or two storeys tall, with nary a skyscraper to block it. (2’11”)
(See video here.)