Film Photography: Trapeze School on Governor's Island

Continuing my theme of shooting inappropriate action type shots with a medium format camera, I'm sharing a few pictures I took on Governor's Island over the weekend. The Hasselblad handled crashing waves okay, but how would it handle a tumbling trapeze student at full speed? Kate and I took our new-to-us 1974 Schwinn's over to carless Governor's Island and set up our picnic blanket in the shadow of the Trapeze School New York's outdoor trapeze school. After 30 minutes, the instructors and students started arriving. We watched the students sign their wavers and then one at a time make their way up the ladder. Later when I was taking pictures, I asked one of the instructors if these were first time students. They were. Color me impressed - and jealous. We made a mental note to sign up before the end of the summer. The buildings you see in the background are Lower Manhattan. They make a pretty impressive backdrop for would be trapeze artists to perform.

Trapeze Students, Governor's Island, Fuji Reala 100

Trapeze Student, Governor's Island, Fuji Reala 100

Trapeze Student, Second Shot, Governor's Island, Fuji Reala 100

Trapeze Student, Third Shot, Governor's Island, Fuji Reala 100

As fun as it was to watch, we engaged in a far more leisurely pursuit on our blanket.

That's Mable and Eugene behind Kate. Mabel is a 1974 Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed with all original parts and Eugene is a 1974 Schwinn Collegiate 5 Speed with a mix of origial and new. He had new brakes and cables when I got him and I added a Brooks honey leather saddle.