The other side of the boro . . . the strand on Coney Island, sees a visitation of finnyfolk, who briefly leave the water for this sun festival. Enjoy this field guide to western North Atlantic merpeople. These came in a replica of Nefertiti’s royal barge.
These seemed influenced by both 1960s popular music and bowsprite’s logo, and
these . . . by abandoned rowboats . . . .
Bubbles emanate . . . maybe from lungs not yet fully functioning.
The appearance of merpopulations triggers camerafolk, some of whom work alone with archaic gear, and
others that swarm, especially as mermaids apply their version of . . . cosmetics?
Lest anyone appear a threat, they bring in formidable security.
But otherwise, they just love to dance the
sun dance to their
own musicians who work with strings and wind and
Some have ideas about politics and
Some mermaids, residing underwater as do hulls of boats, like boats need a haircut and a shave.
Some experience low-oxygen shock in the Coney summer air, as
they dance and
dance and take a break only for
recording it all for posterity.
And posterity surely should remember the color
Happy sun dance day.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.