Brooklyn Navy Yard Fall Photo Contest

November 29, 2017 • Post by

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For our penultimate Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tour of 2017, we asked another Yard-based artist to make selections for the year-end finalists. Nick Golebiewski is a visual artist who makes large-scale gouache paintings – a type of opaque watercolor – of New York cityscapes. His “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” is daily drawing series in which he draws the landscape in front on him, and is definitely worth checking out on his Instagram feed. The series is in its fourth year and has been featured as a Twitter Moment, in collaborations online with the Jewish Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street, and Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, and through the “Walk & Draw” tours he’s led with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

This season, Nick had 39 photos to choose from, taken by six different photographers. Here are the submissions:

Nick admitted that this was a hard decision, but here are his selections, along with his comments. These three finalists will be entered into our year-end photography contest, where each photographer will be eligible to win a private tour of the Yard for up to 30 people. Your last chance to enter the 2017 contest will be on Sunday, December 17, and then we will start the 2018 season on January 21.

Image taken inside a beige colored tent storing road salt
Photo by Linda Schillinger

Linda Schillinger

“I’m selecting this one for a few reasons. It shows a grand but functional space that seems “off-limits” to the general public. The photo contest was on a rainy, grey day and this completely capitalizes on the conditions. The way the standing puddles of water reflect the opening in the roof to create a circular shape with the sky, and the reddish, earthy hues in the interior contrasting with the steely blue of the sky. Also for location, the slight hint at the city behind with a stretch of bridge and a building and some shrubby trees. I would hang a print of this one in my apartment that is far smaller in size than the expansive depot pictured here.”

Ropes and capstan on a pier
Photo by Maja Opacic

Maja Opacic (@_maja.opacic_)

“The sinuous ropes winding about, and the puddle reflecting that yellow industrial box that is almost warning me about something, the ominous sky perhaps?”

Nick also gave an honorable mention to another of Maja’s photos, which you can see here.

Blue shipyard crane
Photo by Carole Safton

Photo by Carole Safton

“The blue of the cranes tie this shipyard snap together, with one worker the size of an ant for scale, ship in sight is all that’s needed to imply the water that’s not seen.”


Turnstile Tours offers Tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard every weekend, including theme-based tours on architecture, urban ecology, manufacturing, and history. All tours are offered in partnership with and begin at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, which offers free admission to three floors of exhibitions on the Yard’s past and present, and a host of great special events and programs.