The Near-Sighted Monkey
GONE FISHIN’!
The Near-Sighted Monkey will be back July 29th.

GONE FISHIN’!

The Near-Sighted Monkey will be back July 29th.

Therefore, it is summer!

Mid-Summer night’s JIVE! by Marlys!

viridi-luscus-monstrum:

Toad from the sea near Pusan

viridi-luscus-monstrum:

Toad from the sea near Pusan

Dear Students
It’s the middle of our summer vacation. So why not take 20 minutes to draw this picture? Start with non-photo blue pencil for five minutes and then take 15-20 minutes to ink it in.
Prof LOSSC

Dear Students

It’s the middle of our summer vacation. So why not take 20 minutes to draw this picture? Start with non-photo blue pencil for five minutes and then take 15-20 minutes to ink it in.

Prof LOSSC

Sudden summer development in the world of Marlys.

Dear Students,

Here is a good series of pictures to draw. Spend about 15 minutes on each drawing. Start with non-photo blue and then pick any pony you like to take you the rest of the way.

Sincerely

Professor Lynda B.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Wayne Lawrence

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Although New York’s Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America out of which many subcultures originated, such as Hip Hop and Salsa, it’s still viewed as a no man’s land by many of the city’s inhabitants. Perhaps it is a matter of simple geography that many refuse to venture to the northernmost of the city’s five boroughs or, quite possibly, it may be the Borough’s malevolent reputation lingering from its tumultuous past.

From its earliest years, the Bronx has been a hotbed of immigrant working class families, but its image has largely been defined by the urban blight of the late 1960’s through to the 1980’s when arson, drug addiction and social neglect decimated many of its neighborhoods. For the families who have called this scarred landscape home, Orchard Beach, the only beach in the borough, was and remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Built in the 1930s by urban planner Robert Moses, the beach carries the stigma as being one of the worst in New York and is commonly known as Horseshit Beach or Chocha Beach.

I began shooting portraits of Orchard Beach’s summertime regulars in 2005 shortly after moving to New York, realizing that the stigma attached to this oasis was largely unjustified - I felt compelled to engage with this community of working class families and colorful characters. The photographs in ‘Orchard Beach – The Bronx Riviera’ celebrate the pride and dignity of the beach’s visitors, working-class people.

Immediately catching the viewer’s eye is the extravagant style of many of the photographs’ subjects – a quest for identity and sense of belonging. Some individuals carry scars and markings that hint to their own personal histories, which often reflect the complex history of the borough itself. Within the gaze of those portrayed we see a community standing in defiance of popular opinion.

The six years I spent photographing Orchard Beach have not only given me the time and space to reflect on the importance of family and community, but also a sense of belonging and purpose. After having experienced the most profound grief when my older brother was brutally murdered, photography has not only offered me an opportunity to give a voice to a community often misunderstood but also a means of healing from the loss experienced.

— Wayne Lawrence / INSTITUTE

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Hints and Helps from Marlys!

The ghostly lips of summer are now calling you! Love! Marlys!

Summer buggin’ !!!

Its for you! A summer love call from Marlys.

Hot town, summer in the front room

Marlys, Freddie and Arna

See below.

Two for one rail drinks for as long as this song plays.

Come down to The Near-Sighted Monkey Lounge. Come right down these steps….

Come down to The Near-Sighted Monkey Lounge. Come right down these steps….