Only a little reluctant to admit it but I'm not that big a fan of Strawberry Fields in Central Park. Dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, it can get a little mawkish up there not to mention more than a little hostile what with the John panhandlers imagining pennies from heaven within their two hour time slots while keeping the flame glowing and the music coming. Along with the tips, generous or otherwise. Today, thirty-five years on from the murder of John Lennon, it was simply one crowd playing and singing together. One great song after the other.
It’s been 35 years and I still remember the day he was murdered like it was yesterday Patti. What a waste of a beautiful person. I have been to Strawberry Fields many times and when I leave Central Park via the west exit I always stare up at the Dakota building for about 10 minutes. Wonderful images 😀
Know what you mean Joe, and what’s 35 years? In a funny way you would have enjoyed it today.
NIce shots, though, on the anniversary. Thanks. xx
Thank you Gaynor, a pleasure to share with you and pleased I went up there today to witness the true karma of the place. Honestly though, it can get rough up there. Never mind!
Did you come across any foreign accents or fans from Sussex? Dad and baby look nice. You can tell he is proud.
So many foreign accents, even some Dutch. Thank you so much Gerard and so pleased you enjoyed the proud father baby sunshine shot.
My grateful thanks to you Rabirius.
Great pictures, Patti. This place brings back so many memories.
My pleasure and thank you Gert.
Which always touches me in your photos is that they give the proximity to the eye. It looks like we know these people, that we have always known them, so you we don’t meet them at the corner of street, but at the corner of your photographies.
Didier, I am so touched by your kind words, thank you. NYC is a fabulous sum of so many wonderful and different parts.
Some wonderful faces full of character Patti. Such a spread of generations too – I guess The Beatles’ music reaches out to new generations through the older ones.
Thank you Martin. Hard to remember now how much they changed the world what with people like my mother blaming them for everything that went wrong with that new ungrateful generation so full of disrespect i.e. her kids that she couldn’t do anything with!
Ah, you make me feel old! I remember the day very clearly because a friend of mine was so traumatised by that event….
Doesn’t FEEL that long ago Sue, if that’s any consolation . . .
Wonderful photos, Patti. Great to see the crowd as one, celebrating the life of one taken too early. Imagine…
So much to imagine . . . . thank you Lignum.
Oh, I LOOOVE the second shot!!! Full of happiness and love …
Presses so many buttons . . . . ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you Anette.
It’s interesting to see the mix of different kind of people by different age and styles. I don’t know what I would expect to see and how a stereotype Lennon fan should look like. But your captures show a community of individuals which make this event so lively.
And they all come together.
Thank you Markus 👌
…and, hey, you found the E-Street-Band-79-Fotosession-Benches… …I was looking for for so long! Cool, Patti. :-))))))))
See you there one day Markus!
😊 See you there! 👍🏼
some lovely shots 🙂
Thank you Joshi 🙂
Patti – your portraits always bring a smile to my face. You obviously have such a good way with people. Lovely shots. What happened to JL was such a stupid waste. I often wonder what he’d be doing if he was still around.
That’s so sweet of you to say, thank you Richard.
(The extremely shallow part me of wonders if he and Yoko would still be together . . . . )
That’s a very interesting point. But Beatles do tend to mate for life…
Hahahaha, fair point 🙂
I can remember the impact his death had on so many because he had become a songbird for world peace. The street shrines in NYC, televised internationally over the news, were the first that I ever saw that compared to those of 9/11 and other tragedies around the planet since.
Sad to think he would still have to be singing even more loudly for peace, after all this time.
Thank you for the introduction to Strawberry Fields. Your portraits of the people, all ages, are wonderful. I like seeing all the of the guitars.
The facial expression of the woman on the bench smiling at the guy you were photographing, is great (4th from the bottom).
My pleasure Laurie and thank you for your kind words. You would have enjoyed it up there.
Probably missed you in that mass of people… stopped by briefly in the afternoon after a nice walk from The Meer on the 8th!
Oh no, sorry I missed you Pat. Catch up soon I hope!
Hmmm. Didn’t know there was such a place in CP. glad to see it through YOUR 👀!
A legendary hangout Margie!
I can feel love in these shots!
Always good to feel the love!
Fresh and true, your work always tells the tale in an intimate way, as part of the experience. Brava!
Elena, that’s so sweet of you to say. Big big thank you for all your kind words!
Great text. I love. To visit strawberry fields , your photographs are fantastic
Thank you for your most kind words and hope you get to visit one day soon!
Agreed. ‘was fortunate to… pass by Strawberry fields a few years ago, on a brief NY trip. Luckily there hardly was a soul around. Which made it nice to sit on a bench “a minnit” and then walk away.
But your pics give great justice to the “bon enfant” atmosphere of that celebration.
Allows one to “Imagine”…