By Devon Johnson, Contributing Writer
Devon Johnson is a new contributing writer for Community Arts NYC. Devon grew up in Brooklyn in NYCHA’s Marcy Development, and is one of our New York based writers. Check out his introductory post here.
If you want to feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York and hide from the blistering head over to the “Tropical Paradise” Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcase at the New York Botanical Garden.
Besides the “Tropical Paradise Photography contest” http://www.igpoty.com/ (now closed) where you can see many versatile tropical paradise around the world, in these flamboyant gallery displays you can learn about tropical flowers and plants taken from people all that are like me and you that are all over the world- ooh and you can access all these through your phone! Not only that- if your phone has a camera (which it should, lol) you can take the photos and upload them like that. If you need some inspiration click this link to see community photographers’ photos.
Although this contest is now closed you can look at what type of photos have been taken so that you can take advantage of what the winning photos look like. They said “the contest is all about picturing paradise,” I know I can close my eyes and picture what paradise would look like! If you have a garden or now someone that has one in NYC, rep your state and enter and win this contest next year… Heck I may post some photo’s of my grandmothers’ community garden check out my earlier post titled “One of NYCHA’s True Green Gardeners” to see the image of her garden.
If you can’t make it to a garden, or just want to practice at home? Check out these great photo tips from professional photographer Rich Pomerantz on youtube. I’m sure there are many contest currently going on and thanks to the internet all you have to do is go to Google university and type something like 2013 community garden competitions. Best of luck as I may be your competitor!