Combo #442 (Ilana Buch-Akoundi)

By on March 14, 2016
Lens:  Florence 
Film:  Ina's 1935 

"Gray day in The Village"

"Greenwich Village, or The Village, as New Yorkers call it, is located in downtown Manhattan. It is, at once, a quaint and cool neighborhood, filled with hip restaurants and coffee houses, upscale shops set against the backdrop of historic architecture on beautiful, tree lined blocks. It's been vastly gentrified since I was a kid, hopping the train from my arts high school in Harlem on Fridays to hang at the apartments of fellow students whose parents were artists. Its urban bohemian atmosphere has long been a lure to people in the arts, my grandfather, a PWAP photographer, lived with the portrait painter, Alice Neel on Cornelia street for a time and there are still galleries, and playhouses, and an art scene, albeit a posh one. Nowadays, the small streets are filled with tourists, stylish students from NYU, and elegant, well-heeled transplants, but there are still some original characters strutting the uneven sidewalks giving this old hood a timeless, well-lived in feel. I was struck in recent days, having to travel daily to The Village that it is cheery even on gray, or less sun-filled days. This inspired me to use a combo I thought complimented the inclement weather we'd been having in NYC along with the old brick and cobblestone to give life to the unique atmosphere of this picturesque place."
Ilana Buch-Akoundi


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