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Verrazano Golden

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 1988.
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 1998.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge turns fifty today. I never realized that I had traveled it since its birth. When I was growing up my grandparents lived in Far Rockaway; across the bridge, past Coney Island, and then some.

Driving there from New Jersey always involved a contest to see which of us kids could spot the bridge first. Crossing the sky-blue bridge in a sky-blue Peugeot, three of us across the back seat, no seat belts. Even then it felt like a portal to another time and another place.

The image above was shot in 1998 – 4×5 & Tri-X, part of a personal project. Other images from the series can be found here: A Bridge Too FarSkyway to the Past, and 1995.