An Inspirational Journey


Reflections from Ira Goldstein, President of Jerry’s Artarama


I love to travel and one of my favorite places to visit is New York City. This past weekend I made a pilgrimage to New York that included a stop at the Museum of Modern Art along with a visit to Soho both for artistic fuel for my soul and inspiration for my ongoing photography project. 

As I travel I love to collect. I collect small toys, interesting doodads, artwork and lots of photographic images whenever and wherever I travel, and this trip was no exception. I picked up a small metal toy bird that sits on a pile of blocks, a laser printed skull and some great handmade masks.

In addition I got to see and take some pictures  of the recently closed “Rain Room” at the MOMA as well as making a pilgrimage to some of my favorites from the museum’s permanent collection including Van Gogh’s “Starry NIght.”

  Starry Night


The Rain Room, MOMA


Also along the the streets of Soho I found great street art, urban decay and a deep blue construction wall that originally had “POST NO BILLS”  painted every couple of feet on it, the original “Post No Bills” messages were transformed by someone or some group to express somewhat different messages.




Along the way I always ask myself what is art?. Is the “Rain Room” art? Are the altered messages on the blue construction wall I came by art? For me, both of these endeavors are definitely art and both were inspirational. My photography feeds on inspiration and for this I am very grateful to be a part of the art world which continues to amaze, surprise, and constantly inspire me to continue to move on. I like to think of myself as an artist as well as a photographer with an artist’s sensibility. 

The images here shot both with my iPhone and my D-SLR are not actually a completed part of any of my photographic projects but are as I saw them along the road I traveled this past weekend. Do they represent art and inspiration for you? Only you can answer for yourself. Would you have picked them out as I had from the millions of impressions and objects I saw this past weekend? One of the things I take pride in about being an artist, is that I am also part of a creative community that shares their ideas and views. And that’s just a wonderful part of being me!


-Ira Goldstein

Jerry’s Artarama President, Photographer


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