No. 12 - Robert Englebright's "Two Women Standing in Time Square."

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Photograph by Robert Englebright


August 6th, 2019

In 2016 I had the pleasure of working with a photographer, Robert Englebright, as I needed help with shooting photos for a one bedroom listing that I had on the Upper East Side.

In 2017, I wrote a profile of Englebright's life and story (at least at time time, to date) as part of Issue No. 1 - Summer 2017, "The Man from Pekin, Illinois." He still inspires me.

Today's Daily features a photograph from his Second Impressions series, "Two Women Standing in Time Square," which we printed as part of the profile.

As I look over the photograph again, it's easy to remember what it felt like to think and dream about New York City from afar, from Des Moines, Iowa, when I was in law school, and first had the notion, the idea, the certainty that I would move out here, and build a career, and create a life for myself.

Sure, Time Square is a tourist trap, but it's more than that: for much of the United States and the world, Time Square represents a beacon for what New York City can bring forth: excitement, bright lights, soaring and daring buildings, unthinkable crowds, endless possibilities, unlimited potential.

New York City is more than Time Square, of course, it's so much more; however, there's something satisfying about Englebright's "Two Women," -––– seeing the women, and seeing Time Square, both blurred, out of focus, and abstracted; and at least for a few moments, inviting and allowing me to imagine my own life, blurred, out of focus, abstracted, and as a result, enjoyed: just resting in the essence of where I am, where this literary journal and company are, and thinking of what will be, and not thinking or worrying about the nuances and details. All is abstracted. All is well. All will be well.

All of my best,

Isaac Myers III

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