Last Thursday evening was one of those perfect New York City summer days beckoning you to spend time outdoors. 23 photography enthusiasts gathered at FDR
Four Freedoms Park to partake in a summer workshop, Filling in the Blanks.
The event was a BYOC event, bring your own camera, led by Brooke DiDonato, a visual artist from Ohio. DiDonato is known for her surrealist style in which she plays with spaces and environments to create captivating photos.
In the workshop students used the park as the backdrop and explored color,
composition, light and shadows in their photography. Everyone in attendance paired up
and switched between being the photographer and the model bringing a variety of ideas
The group was young and diverse and ranged from seasoned photographers to
hobbyists eager to brush up on their skills. In her work DiDonato places onlookers into
the storyline of a photo, blurring what’s real and constructed. The event was produced
in collaboration with United Photo Industries, a non-profit organization which
encourages a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography.
At the end of the workshop the intimate group convened to share their creations. They
discussed their positive experiences and challenges and casually critiqued each other’s
pieces. The workshop coincided with the last Summer Sunset Thursday at FDR Four
Freedoms Park, an event which invited New Yorkers to spend quality time outdoors in
the various areas of the park during twilight hours.
While this was the last Summer Sunset Thursday, there are more fun outdoor events
coming up in August and September. On August 17 and 18, families can enjoy the
park’s Pop-Up Library event where young and old can read, draw and play games
outside with a curated selection of books and materials.
Then on September 21 Kite Flight for Peace takes center stage at the park. Visitors will design their own kites with a variety of colors, symbols and stripes and will then fly them through the park. The event encourages visitors to think about what freedom and peace mean to them, and the event is open to all ages.
If you missed Filling in the Blanks, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy FDR Four
Freedoms Park while it’s warm outside and partake in their upcoming summer and fall