A Single Frame on Myrtle Avenue: William Gedney Chronicles the Passage of Time in Brooklyn

If photography is the art of capturing a moment, then this series of images by the late William Gedney (which we spotted at Burned Shoes) takes the concept to the extreme. They represent the evolution of a single scene, namely the view from Gedney’s window on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. As the frames tick by, the weather changes from winter to summer and back again, and the elevated subway is dismantled (which places the pictures in the 1950s, if our highly scientific Wikipedia research is correct). And all the while, people flit in and out of the frame — running for the train, working, or just hanging out. The result is both a fascinating document of New York City and a meditation on the passing of time.

Photo credit: William Gedney
Photo credit: William Gedney