The Mermaid Parade

“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

A sea of Mermaids, Mermen and Sea Creatures  filled  Coney Island Saturday for the 34th annual Mermaid Parade.

The Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and myths of Coney Island.  In hand-made costumes, everyone promenades, sashays and struts riotously down Surf  Avenue. It’s an all inclusive affair with participants from infants to octogenarians.  It’s part-fantasy, part-escapism, but all real –  celebrating  the imagination and  combining all the eccentricities and joys of artistic self-expression !

The Parade is the largest art parade in the nation and I love it and never miss it if I am in NYC.mermaidparade_2016C-515 mermaidparade_2016C-547 mermaidparade_2016C-563mermaidparade_2016C-478 mermaidparade_2016C-482 mermaidparade_2016C-502 mermaidparade_2016C-531 mermaidparade_2016C-536

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid Parade Collection Wins Award at the International Photography Awards 2015

Mermaid Parade Collection Wins Award at the International Photography Awards 2015

This year, The International Photography Awards received 17836 of submissions from over 153 countries, and is pleased to declare that Terri Gold was awarded Honorable Mention in Event – Traditions and Cultures for the winning entry The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

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The mermaid is an archetypal image that represents a woman who is at ease in the great waters of life, the waters of emotion and sexuality. Traditions and celebrations add rhythm and texture to our lives and provide a genuine feeling of community. I have been photographing the Mermaid Parade for 20 years and it never disappoints. The Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the beginning of summer and the myths of Coney Island.

Gold_Terri_MermaidParade1 Gold_Terri_MermaidParade2 MermaidParade_2015-439Gold_Terri_MermaidParade4.jpg Gold_Terri_MermaidParade5 The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community.

Practice meandering towards the center of every place

Sisters Meal Festival-Guizhou, China 1997

These last days before I leave  are always the hardest-a mix between organizing my art, business and life at home, trying to make my bags lighter and focusing on my goals for the trip – how to go deeper – to see with feeling. I have been rereading”The Art of Pilgrimage”, a book I always look at before I leave .

I came across these thoughts and  I am printing them  to read each morning

A good way to begin the day…

The Five Excellent Practices Of Pilgrimages

Practice the arts of attention and listening.

Practice renewing yourself everyday.

Practice meandering towards the center of every place.

Practice the ritual of reading sacred texts.

Practice gratitude and praise-singing.

Sylvia Tosun – Night of a Thousand Gowns

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It was  the 25th annual Night of a Thousand Gowns where The Imperial Court of New York  celebrated 25 years of fun and fundraising led by the  current monarchs, Emperor XIX Jack and Empress XXIV Farrah Moans.

The Court has gained recognition in the New York City region for the  work it has done on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Besides the big hair, bigger jewels, the regal attire, the glitz and glamour is how they  have fun, and while they are at it, they  give time and energy to raising money for their  beneficiaries.

I was invited by Sylvia Tosun, of  Sea to Sun Recordings who was performing, and she was amazing. She looked beautiful and her voice enchanted everyone in the room. It was a pleasure to take some photographs for her…

I thought – tonight I am in Times Square , photographing at an  amazing tribal festival and soon I will be on the other side of the world  in rural China at another colorful tribal festival.

In my travels , I am always looking at what is different and what is the same…

Colorful celebrations happen all over the world !

Sylvia Tosun

Sylvia Tosun

The Imperial Court

Sylvia Tosun

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Saturday was the fabulous Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This year the parade also had a message.  As one sign put it: “Fuck You BP, Save the Mermaids.”  “Performance artist  (Tigger) Ferguson told the Daily News, “Today is a celebration of sea life trying to survive in the gulf. The Mermaid Parade is a celebration of marine life, mythical and real.”

Still, the parade was as colorful and festive as ever. Lou Reed and wife Laurie Anderson served as the parade’s King and Queen, and everyone including the large group of  inventive photographers had a great time. Along with the amazing mermaids and mermen and their creative costumes , the array of photographic gear is always inspirational. Every unique flash contraption, medium and large format film cameras and  polaroid cameras and more are  on display.

Coney Island is filled with new rides and the Circus and music on the boardwalk every night. I am definitely going back for a sunset visit to photograph more of the scene.



Spotlight on Travel Photgrapher Blog

Rabiri Shepherd In Nomads Camp-Gujarat

Tewfic El-Sawy’s The Travel Photographer Blog is my one my favorite online destinations.  I have been following his travel

tales and multimedia slide shows and now after traveling with him in India, we have become good friends.

There is so much new technology available to photographers  today ; keeping up with it is a challenge.

It ‘s so important to find the balance between the lure of  additional gear and then learning how to use it and finding

the time for keeping up our sites and blogs while still  stretching our vision and craft and actually getting to take pictures too.

In a field where we often work alone, it is wonderful to have other photographers to talk to…

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