The 2017 Ice Festival and Carvings

I attended the 2017 Ice Festival in Central Park, located at the Naumburg Bandshell. The festivities centered around an ice carving by the Okamoto Studio, as in past years. That same week, an article in the NY Post was published and they used one of my photos. Past years involved carvings of the Romeo and Juliet statue, Belvedere Castle, and the Bethesda Fountain Angel. This year, they did portions of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park. This year, the area was densely packed and it was very challenging to get a good vantage point for photos. I did my best and here are a bundle of the results.

Carving had already begun by the time I got close enough to get shots.

Carving had already begun by the time I got close enough to get shots.

Snow flying everywhere from the chainsaws.

Snow flying everywhere from the chainsaws.

The Mad Hatter is already completed.

The Mad Hatter is already completed.

The March Hare stares at the crowd.

The March Hare stares at the crowd.

Working side by side.

Working side by side.

The full March Hare.

The full March Hare.

Working around Dinah.

Working around Dinah.

I love how this one came out.

I love how this one came out.

Works in color too.

Works in color too.

Taking a pic of the crowd from atop the ladder on stage.

Taking a pic of the crowd from atop the ladder on stage.

Closer and  closer to done.

Closer and closer to done.

An interview during a break.

An interview during a break.

Speaking about his work and process.

Speaking about his work and process.

Celebrating.

Celebrating.

Tool demonstration.

Tool demonstration.

Closer to finished (time for the arm supports to go).

Closer to finished (time for the arm supports to go).

We remember what happened with R&J 2 years ago when the supports came off...

We remember what happened with R&J 2 years ago when the supports came off…

Some detail work.

Some detail work.

Ice teeth dentist.

Ice teeth dentist.

Make sure to clean the gums.

Make sure to clean the gums.

Here go the arm supports.

Here go the arm supports.

Everyone holds their breath.

Everyone holds their breath.

One gone!

One gone!

Looks good.

Looks good.

Holding hands.

Holding hands.

Linking the pieces.

Linking the pieces.

Reaching the end and celebrating.

Reaching the end and celebrating.

Group photo.

Group photo.

Alice watches the group.

Alice watches the group.

The Hatter is lit.

The Hatter is lit.

Alice is lit.

Alice is lit.

Final touches.

Final touches.

The statues are all lit.

The statues are all lit.

Light dances in the ice.

Light dances in the ice.

Snowflake lights above.

Snowflake lights above.

The finale.

The finale.

Next time: we shall see what comes up (working on a book right now).

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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