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Revisiting Fort Greene Through Photos

A Brooklyn native returns to document the neighborhood of her youth.

Brooklyn is both brownstones and Barclays Center: It is home to great change and a sense of permanence that binds together the ancient brick of storied places like the Navy Yard, and .

And as a returning artist looking to recapture her Brooklyn childhood, Gloria Golden looks to document it all.

A photographer with a recently released 96-photo collection, Brooklyn Revisited: My Journey Back, Golden seems most content with enthralling an audience of past, present and future borough residents.

In her collected photos and accompanying poems, One Hanson Place, and arguably the most iconic Brooklyn image of them all—the brownstone stoop—take on an intimacy colored by Golden's own Brooklyn upbringing.

Perhaps the spirit of Golden's photos are best represented in her ode to her Central Brooklyn childhood home:

709 DeKalb Avenue

I was born here
And so were my sisters
I remembered this address
But the building seemed
So much smaller to me
And I truly understood
How memory can be distorted
Through a child's eyes

In another poem accompanying her photo, "Brownstone Renovation," Golden counters the constancy of memory with a neighborhood that is in constant flux.

Brownstone Renovation

Residents vacate homes
Brownstones are stripped
Of their long history
New occupants take over
Writing their own chapter
In this time and place

Brooklyn Revisited is available online in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore.

Rudy June 01, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Always cool when someone remembers the neighborhood Rudy
Marcia C. June 01, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The photographs are beautiful!

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