Brooklyn Navy Yard a Photo Haven for Every Season of Photographer

New York City is a fine place for a photographer, offering eternal photographic fodder for both inspiration and subject matter.  Because of the camera, our city’s rise to urban stardom has been well-documented.  Our people and places come and go, but photographs freeze them in time and excite a special part of our intellect.  That said, it’s not every day that an actual place seems to have frozen in time.  The Brooklyn Navy Yard has been fenced in since the 1820s, and certain sections of the huge campus have not been touched in many years.  When this type of place is spotted, guess who gets excited? Photographers.>> Continue reading

Brooklyn Navy Yard Winter Photography Tour Submissions

One week ago, we held our first Seasonal Photography Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the submissions are in!  Several tour participants shared photos they took on the tour on Instagram, and now we are sharing them with you.

Professional photographer (well known for his work at National Geographic) and Navy Yard tenant Robert Clark will be “liking” his three favorite photos from this crop of submissions early this week, and the photographer of each will receive two free tickets to any one of Turnstile Tours’ experiences at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We will be holding three more photography tours in 2013, and after each tour, a professional photographer from inside the yard will select three finalist photos.  At the end of the year, these 12 finalist photos will be entered to win either the photographer’s choice award, chosen by a panel of professionals, or the people’s choice award, voted on by our online followers.  Each winner will receive a private tour of the Navy Yard for themselves and their friends.>> Continue reading

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s “Lincoln” Photo

One of our favorite photographs of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is affectionately referred to as the “Lincoln photo.” We will be examining this photo more closely, and the scene depicted in it, on Saturday’s Seasonal Photography Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

As far as we know, the man pictured in the foreground with the giant stovepipe hat and chin beard is not Abraham Lincoln. Though it sure does look like him – at least, the construction-paper-hat-and-beard Lincoln of our elementary school book reports.When this picture was taken in 1846, Lincoln was just a candidate for the House of Representatives from Illinois. Who that man is, we don’t know [Ed. note: See update below], but what is going on in the background of this picture would play a large role in the coming Civil War and the presidency of Mr. Lincoln.>> Continue reading