01 May 2010

Weekend Archives - Ellis & Liberty Island 1985

Ellis Island- Jan 1985

Liberty Island - Feb 1985

Ellis Island - Feb 1985

Ellis Island, My Boss- Jan 1985

Liberty Island, Old Torch - Jan 1985

Ellis Island, Lehrer McGovern - Feb 1985

Ellis Island, Power House- Mar 1985

As a GS-4 I made $12,400 a year working as a seasonal park ranger at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in 1984 thru 1985. It was the lowest paying and most enjoyable job I ever had. I'm glad I had a camera with me. These are all Kodachrome 64 taken with an Olympus OM-1 and a Canon F-1.


Anonymous said...

Another fascinating "you were there" insider's view. Being privy to events, even relatively minor ones like car races, intrigues, I think, just about everyone. You're one of the few shooters I know to take your camera out of "horizontal hold." Of course you do because you've been shooting seriously for decades. A few more for the portfolio!

Cable-knit sweaters and hiking boots: yup, the 80s.


Matt Fox said...

Wow, what an amazing experience that must have been. Great photos!

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Karena said...

Really memorable images. You are a super photographer. Such keepsakes!

Art by Karena

The Sluice Box said...

I don't even hike, but I want those boots with the red laces.

Anonymous said...

12K wasn't too bad in 85 sunshine.

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Ari said...

Spectacular picture of Manhattan rising.

GSV JR said...

I'll second that. Fucking-A, I miss those towers.

tintin said...

DB- I don't know if any of these were ever that good. But time has a way of putting a little patina and age to them. And then there are those frames that help a lot.

Matt- It really was. Thanks for the nice words.

Karena- It was a great job. I also took a slew of pics while working in a not too great job. Maybe this weekend.

Sluice Box- Waffle Stompers are over due for a return. Cue Scott Sternberg.

Anon- It was in Manhattan, cupcake.

Ari- It's my favorite too.

Stew- It means a lot to me. 15 years later I was working for Aon and looking down on Ellis and the Statue from WTC 2. Felt like I had come a long way.

Foster Huntington said...

great pictures man. i love that you are posting these. the shot of the wts is haunting.. kodachrome looks great,

Anonymous said...

Donna Karen initials on the wall.