Series: On the Way
On the Way is a visual narrative story, utilizing pictures from Tokyo to Chicago, which is open to your interpretation and reflections. Some of the sub-themes include; technology, nature, gender, age, art, partnership, and hopefully a taste of Jewish humor. To protect myself and colleagues from liability, I openly admit this book is probably not as good as a warm slice of New York pizza.
Several years ago, one chilly Chicago evening, Yumiko, my better three quarters and I, went to see Bill Cunningham New York at the Music Box Theatre - known for its old fashioned popcorn machine with real butter, ideal for those looking for a tasty way to increase cholesterol. Mesmerized by how Cunningham gracefully weaved through Manhattan streets with a camera in one hand and a warm smile in the other, brought wonder and possibility to my eyes, soon forgetting about the popcorn that vanished from my hands. Having never quite fit into the rhythms of mainstream or alternative societies, Cunningham gave me a sense of permission to find my own beat in the urban streets. Of intrigue was his minimalist approach, while at the same time showing deep appreciation for life's seemingly mundane details saying "I let the street speak to me." This practice of listening to the street is equally applicable in the field of psychotherapy, where mindful listening is often considered the timeless ingredient for understanding our fellow human beings.
“Hart Ginsburg has created a thoughtful, sometimes dream-like sequence of photographs of urban life. Its images and fragments of language suggest that people in cities are both lonely and also seeking meaning. When I first looked at these photographs, I thought of that great city photographer Bill Cunningham, whose eye was trained to spot the quirks and charms of fashion on the streets of New York. But Ginsburg isn’t really concerned with what people are wearing; rather he captures many people in isolation - on a train and in front of a church, looking at cell phones and taking selfies, people who may be despairing or simply sleeping.”
— BWL, writer and educator