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Book Talk: A modern day exploration tracing Adriaen Block’s 1614 journey
June 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The book “Archipelago New York” documents the photos and thoughts that Thomas Halaczinsky captured on a 3000 nautical mile sailing expedition into the island world of New York. With a bunch of historical books and maps, a camera and an open mind, the German-born photographer, writer and filmmaker departed from Brooklyn toward Long Island Sound and beyond. He followed Adriaen Block, a fellow European 400 years his senior, who had discovered the island world that stretches from Manhattan to Fishers Island on the Onrust, a wooden boat 14 and a half feet longer than Thomas’ fiberglass sloop Sojourn (built in 1980). Intrigued by mysterious names like Money Island, Pot Island and Rats Island, the artist delved into a search for a sense of place. From this journey, Thomas brings back stunning photography, historical facts and thrilling stories of explorers, pirates and an African prince who tragically ended up as a slave on Fishers Island – twice.