My 48 Minutes by Chris Brady, New York

Much of the journey I’m on is about staying centered in the present moment, which is a delicate balance sometimes.  Being able to do so has involved a close examination of the past, which can be painful, and careful consideration of the future, which can be frightening. So I guess a big part of my journey has also been learning to acknowledge, accept, and, when possible, release pain and fear.

I spent my 48 minutes staging a few still photos inspired by On The Town, a musical about three sailors on 24 hour’s leave in 1950s New York City. The sailors in the photos are Ken dolls from my 1960s vintage collection.

Finding these vintage dolls, outfits and accessories, of which there are thousands, brings me great pleasure and satisfaction and helps me to relax and recharge. I also enjoy the nostalgic element and the fun of creating themes, and posing and photographing them in their various ensembles. It’s a place where I get to be completely in control with the least amount of consequences. I’ve learned a few things about photography along the way and I am soon going to try digital green-screen photography which will let me photograph them anywhere in the world – and beyond!

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I’m a lover of New York City, New York City history and Broadway musicals, all of which from the time I was a child growing up in Jackson Heights, Queens have brought me great joy and helped me through some painful times. I love reading and learning about all things related to New York City and its colorful history and have spent many hours at the New York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York, where I’m a member and have volunteered my time. I also enjoy live musical theater and listening to original cast albums. All of these activities are refreshing and stimulating to me and in many ways help me feel more a part of my surroundings which, in turn, helps me to feel more comfortable in my own skin and less afraid of people and the world around me.

What a treat it was to spend my 48 minutes engaged in an activity combining three things I so thoroughly enjoy! I feel joy and accomplishment when I look at the photos and I’m happy to share a few of them here.

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