Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Eye of the beholder.


A friend and I were browsing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop when he said, "Publishing this was sure a risk." He was holding a coffee-table book of photographs of tugboats in New York harbor.

"You mean, because the market for tugboat photographs is likely to be very small?", I said.

"Uh, huh. I mean, it's basically just an engine room mounted on a hull."

I told him I might buy the book. (I still may.)

(The photo above is of two members of New York's largest tug fleets, Moran (foreground) and McAllister, in what appears to be an impromptu race at the entrance to the East River. I took this from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.)