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Hudson River
Nyack, NY
January 2009

Nikon D80
1/125 sec
ISO 100
Focal Length: 18

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  • mindym306
    mindym306almost 6 years ago

    Brilliant work Mary Ann, love this!!!!!

  • Thanks Mindy:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • ragman
    ragmanalmost 6 years ago

    the flight of the seabird and the wave of the arms, amidst the waves rushing in
    lovely, it works for me !

  • I spent about 30 minutes just taking shot after shot of this man walking the edge of the ice. Opening his arms was spontaneous. It is rare when the Hudson River freezes this far south in so dramatic a way. Glad you liked the work:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 6 years ago

    Oh, just love this one!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Thanks Sally:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Bonnie Blanton
    Bonnie Blantonalmost 6 years ago

    One word…….. “insprirational”!

  • Thanks Bonnie:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • John Beamish
    John Beamishalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks John:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Jessica Hardin
    Jessica Hardinalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks Jessica:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyalmost 6 years ago

    So very very much I want to say about this brilliant piece – so much. I will have to re-visit it before fleshing out my response to this profoundly moving image. Like most great art, it hands over to the viewer the power to see what she/he chooses to, bound only by those limitations inherent in the pictorial elements of the photo – the bird, the sea, the sky, a man with his arms outstretched. I recall a scene from a beach in either a Kafka or Camus novel, followed closely by a description of a condemned man in a cell, the final words “First the first time ever, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe”. Never forgot that quote. Anecdotally, when I was going under the knife for open heart surgery, in the OR the anesthesiologist leaned over me and asked “Any words before I put you under?” [This was a far more riskier surgery than 98% of open heart surgeries]. Don’t ask me why, but my words to him before going under were – you guessed it – “For the first time ever…” I vaguely recall hearing a quiet gasp escape his lips before my prayer for unconsciousness, the devoutly wished for oblivion was answered.

  • It’s from Camus’s The Stranger. Quote something to say in the OR room before heart surgery.

    I think often of Joyce’s Portrait where he writes, “The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.”

    What I appreciate so much here at RB, is that the work leaves you such as it is—and then others claim it via their comments. I learn so much by what others post and write.

    Thanks Kevin for your very fine response.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyalmost 6 years ago

    I love this image as it roars of freedom and a peaceful soul….so beautifully framed and the light bouncing off the gull is magical… fact all the lighting is gorgeous…..just so very beautiful…..

  • Thanks Tracey:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitalmost 6 years ago

    Great juxtapositions, beautiful light, and wonderful sense of freedom.

  • it happened so quickly, that I was just caught up in the moment when the man opened his arms.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • rosson1
    rosson1almost 6 years ago

    Wonderfully composed and shot Mary Ann. Good detail from front to back…just a lovely peice of work:)

  • the man was so full of joy that I snapped and snapped for a good 20 minutes.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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