Boston’s Harborwalk, Downtown

By: pbcmedia

Sep 20 2008

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Category: 1, Photography


Focal Length:21mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D

It is a challenge for me to focus, to compose, to shoot a landscape that is somehow a narrative as well as architecture and geography.  When the day is spectacular, I can take many shots and think each and everyone is fabulous only to get home and say, “Boring”.

Yesterday, I set out to photograph a section of Boston’s waterfront from the South Boston end of  “Harborwalk”, (38 miles out of 47 are completed), a project designed to link the people to Boston Harbor and to reveal its current diversity as well as history.  This photo is one of the few I decided had some narrative.  The other one was of the Public Toilet (new to Boston) outside the Aquarium.  But, I’ll post that on another day!!

What you are looking at in the foreground is a rod iron sculpture of the old sailing ships and passenger ferries that used to berth themselves in the moorings once used in the background.

These old moorings are now high end hotels, commercial real estate, moorings for private yachts and local cruise boats as well as the Boston Aquarium.

I walked 3 miles of the 38 yesterday and decided I would make this an ongoing photography project.  3 down and 35 miles to go.

I’m going to have to get a new pair of sneakers.

But, as you can see, beauty and history awaits.

©Pat Coakley 2008


4 comments on “Boston’s Harborwalk, Downtown”

  1. I am falling in love with the Boston skyline – I love the contrast of old and new, the tales the past could tell. Reminds me of the idea that one must not forget what it took to get where we are, that same skyline would not be the same without those ships. Beautifully done!

  2. Absolutely beautiful composition! Truly stunning photo!

  3. […] same day of the scenic shots of Boston’s waterfront, I walked underneath a bridge less than 200 yards away from the Harborwalk that many pedestrians […]

  4. I’m not that keen on the sculpture but the waterfront and skyline is breath taking!

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