This New York City Liberty Island photograph focuses on a view many visitors never notice – the narrow strait through which most immigrants would have arrived. For that reason I chose to look back at the journey my ancestors took from Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the distance you can see the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge which looms over the tidal strait through which the Hudson River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It was, and remains, the maritime gateway to New York City and the final leg in what would have been a long, harrowing and emotional journey for the millions who sailed through it. I try to imagine their excitement, anxiety and possibly sadness at that point. Would they gain entry or would they be turned away? What awaited them in the new world? How many had looked back at that narrow strait and wondered if they’d ever see their families and homes again?
This Liberty Island image is:-
– printed on A4 (21x30cm) professional semi-gloss photographic paper;
– individually signed and fully mounted (including back board) on 28x35cm black card; and
– shipped in board-backed packaging in a sealed cellophane protective sleeve.
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