August, 2017, Jim Blythe

Here’s my husband Jim’s new batch of incredible Coney Island photographs. These were all taken on May 20, 2017 when Jim, my cousin Marilyn, and two of our friends—Andrew and one who wishes to remain anonymous, visited our beloved Sodom by the Sea.

See his portfolio at http://goo.gl/a5ArA and read his short bio at the bottom.

 

Child’s Restaurant window

 

 

Coney Island Apocalypse

 

 

 

 

Outside The Coney Island Museum

Outside The Coney Island Museum

On the stairway of The Coney Island Museum (photos aren’t allowed inside)

In the bar of The Coney Island Museum

Outside The Coney Island Museum

In the bar of The Coney Island Museum

According to Jim’s Russian colleague Andrei, who emailed him from a bus in Estonia, the women are advertising Victor Drobysh’s 50th birthday celebration on June 3. He “is the author of some famous pseudo-folk Russian songs sung by so-called babushkas from the village of Buranovo, who won a prize at Eurovision.” See a video of the babushkas at the end.

 

 

On the stairway of the Coney Island Museum (photos aren’t allowed inside)

 

 

Can anyone guess what this is?

 

 

A sculpture. I know!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally from Pennsylvania, New York City, and Ithaca, NY, Jim Blythe is Professor Emeritus of medieval European history at the University of Memphis. He has been a serious photographer for almost thirty years.

He was always drawn to close-ups, dramatic color, the abstractions that arise from an uncommon view of a common subject, and the effects of dramatic lighting. Although he photographs a wide variety of photos, his most distinctive work is his Floating World Series: semi-abstract macro images of strongly-backlit objects in bottles of oil. See them at https://goo.gl/ns29mM

 

Jim Blythe

 

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28 comments

  1. marilyn says:

    Just wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    These photos are absolutely AMAZINGm wgucg Coney Island Book of the Dead! richly deserves. Thank you so much, Jim.

    Janey Reynolds

  3. Melissa Benca says:

    Just wonderful as always, thank you,
    Melissa

  4. Janey Reynolds says:

    These photos are absolutely AMAZINGm wgucg Coney Island Book of the Dead! richly deserves. Thank you so much, Jim.

    Janey Reynolds

  5. Anonymous says:

    These are truly stunningly beautiful.

  6. Daniel Unowsky says:

    I am anonymous no longer. Sorry.

  7. Saj says:

    These are great, Jim! Such a contrast of images- from the sublime to the
    decadent.
    That round object in the sky is probably a street light.

  8. Is there really a Coney Island Museum? If so, when did it open?

  9. Steve Feldhiem says:

    Great set of photos Jim.

  10. SW Stout says:

    Thank you so much for posting these piercing, provocative, stunning photographs. Your friend Jim has blessed photographer’s eye.

  11. Willie Wood says:

    Really interesting photos_

  12. Peggy says:

    That last picture is Soooo Jim!

    Your gallery presents such a diverse sense of art and pop culture–I enjoy seeing what you will put up next!

  13. Marilyn J. says:

    These pictures are excellent! Coney Island is something else. That circle thing is the steering wheel from the Space Shuttle that broke off and is floating in space for all eternity. Am I right?

    • Jim Blythe says:

      Thanks. Good idea, but it’s really just a photo of a streetlight on the boardwalk, from which I removed the pole and decorative elements.

  14. Jan says:

    You have a wonderful way of capturing the feeling and color of Coney Island, thanks Jim. You have made Coney Island a place I want visit.

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