Boat Dock. Rockaway Beach, New York.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are publishing a series of Bob’s “On Location” stories.

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We were in the Rockaway’s 4 years ago and I saw this lovely scene: a peaceful boat dock and a defunct boat dealership. The buildings in the back were nice and graphic, just how I like it. It was an overcast steamy day, the closer I got the more I could smell the ‘wonderful’ BLACK water.

I knew where I wanted to be which is usually in the center of the image. I love to break the rules… one of the classic photography rules is NEVER put the subject of the shot in the center. Well, one of my rules is ALWAYS to put something in the center, wether it is the subject , an edge of a building, a pole, anything as long as there is a center point.

Anyway! I worked my way over to where I wanted to be, sat down and reluctantly put my feet into the water.  I alway love to show some sort of interaction in my photographs and naturally with this shot it would be a playful interaction; I planned to kick my feet in the water like a kid, which if you couldn’t tell by now I am very kid-like, something I take a lot of pride in!  While I was doing this I noticed the big bloated dead rat floating in the water, (which really didn’t surprise me).  At that point I knew I was DONE with this shot. :-)b

This image was included in Ballerina, the collection of Bob’s self-portraits dedicated Every purchase donates a percent to the Carey Foundation for women with breast cancer.

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42 Responses to Boat Dock. Rockaway Beach, New York.

  1. Shari Robblets October 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Love the picture. The rat, not so much.

  2. Chris Kientz October 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Well done!

  3. Marie-Josée Labelle October 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    funny :D

  4. Joey Ponce October 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    this is my favorite pic so far…

  5. Linda Provencio Quintero October 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Where is the rat? I am trying to find it.

  6. Christi Leapley October 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Loving it

  7. Donna Sauers October 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I love all the backstories!

  8. Jill Reznak October 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE this picture

  9. Jackie Casey Millsap October 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Yuck……on the rat that is.

  10. Pat Taddei October 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    This is a keeper

  11. Cheryl Saul October 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Love the stories behind the photos.

  12. Linda Santackas Degnan October 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Ah… The adventures!!

  13. Lani Phillips October 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Favorite !!!

  14. Paula Eide October 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    ew

  15. Candice Barnhart October 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    This is one of my favorites as well!!

  16. Sally Turner October 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    You could probably generate extra revenue by selling tickets to your shoots. On Location with The Pink Tutu.

    • thetutuproject October 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      @Sally Turner We love when people join us on our shoots… we try to release locations if we know them for our fans!!!

  17. Kate Bowen October 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Where is this?

  18. Shelly Mitchell Houchins October 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Awesome shot, though! I’m glad that you toughed it out.

  19. Jackie Morales October 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    very cool shot!

  20. Araceli Ramirez October 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR PICS!!

  21. Patricia Garofalo October 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    OK, this is in the book

  22. Laura Horvath October 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Love this one!

  23. Wendy Springsteen October 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    thank you Bob, Love this. :)

  24. Beth Schwab October 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Ewww

  25. Peggy House Gillespie October 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Yuck!

  26. Kelly J Miller Hanson October 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Love this.

  27. Tin Pan October 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Great shot, but dead rat?! Eww. ;)

  28. Jody Jones October 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Did the rat make it into the photo? :P

  29. Jennifer Schleinz October 22, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Thank you for all you do!

  30. Deb Schroeder October 22, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Love you man. So awesome! !

  31. Lara Balestrini October 22, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Più bella che mai!!!

  32. Sue Rosoff October 22, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    aaaack!!!

  33. Sallyanne English October 22, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    The water must be bad xxx they are very good swimmer s xxxxx???

  34. Niels Kuipers October 22, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Clean the Tutu Bob :P !

  35. Eliza Grira October 22, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    and they say ART is easy???????? LOL

  36. Linda Spencer Rothluebber October 22, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Yuk! :0, on the upside wha ta great shot….love it, not the Rat or hearing of it’s untimely demise.

  37. Barbara Thomas October 22, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Don’t drink the water

  38. Sónia Veríssimo October 22, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    <3

  39. Michi Lleo Garcia-ontiveros October 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Mi tutu te la robo

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