Story by Gregg McQueen
Photo courtesy of the artist
They found their calling- and each other- with film.
Maritza Meléndez and Josefa Jaime are both Washington Heights photographers looking to capture the beauty of their home city.
Each of them uses their respective lenses to capture uptown’s scenic allure from a different vantage point. Jaime takes photographs of striking Hudson River sunsets that local residents might already be used to marveling at, while Meléndez is obsessed with snapping views that New Yorkers could easily miss, such as gargoyles and cornerstones on buildings, and statues hidden in niches.
“Much of the beauty in New York City lies above people’s heads,” said Meléndez.
“People are often too busy rushing around to even pay attention or notice,” she remarked. ”It’s all there, you just have to look up.”
The work of Meléndez and Jaime is currently featured in a joint photography exhibition, titled “My World, My New York,” which can be seen on weekends during the month of June at The Grinnell, as part of this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll.
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The “My World, My New York” photo exhibition will be on display on Saturdays and Sundays in June at The Grinnell Community Room, located at 800 Riverside Drive and 158th Street in Washington Heights.
Viewing hours are between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
A closing party will be held on June 28 at 2 p.m.
More of Maritza Meléndez’s work can be seen at maritza-Meléndez.artistwebsites.com.