5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burning

Posted on 03 February 2014

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5Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burning, was a building in Long island City, Queens that was mecca for graffiti artists. In November 2013, the owner whitewashed the building, in anticipation of new condos rising on the site. Julie Maris/Semel shot it before that happened.

Julie Maris/Semel, with camera in hand at age seven, discovered travel photography as a teenager. Following her passions, she worked with Bill Maris, a well-known architectural photographer, and subsequently for editorial clients, that include Traditional Home magazine and Design New England, producing stories about gardens, architecture, and travel. Her sense of adventure turned to the Antarctic, the Arctic, Asia, and Africa while working for Quark Expeditions, TCS Expeditions, and national tourist boards. Her photographs, Images of India, were exhibited at the New India House sponsored by the Consulate General of India. See more photos athttp://www.juliemarissemel.com

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9 Responses to “5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burning”

  1. Andrew Jannetti says:

    Great photos Julie.
    Loved them all and it is so fantastic that they have been documented in this way before disappearing.

    All the best,

  2. Monique Burns says:

    Loved it, loved it, loved it! Especially loved the way the photographer integrated live people into the shots–the man under the graffiti lamp, the couple embracing, the young married couple and their snow-white limo. Valuable archival stuff, too. If there are more photos, this would make a wonderful coffee-table book of photographs.

  3. Candace Manroe says:

    Great photos! Really capture the energy!

  4. Susan Gold says:

    Wow Julie! These photos are fabulous. What a shame the walls were whitewashed.

  5. marzia Bortolin says:

    Dear Julie, your photo captured my soul. It is wonderful that you were able to save the image of this wall. I hope it will be on display to future generations. I have seen so much distruction lately in NYC, money oriented individuals without a soul who destroy to give way to high rice building…so sad.

  6. Wonderful pictures. I have a few favorites but I absolutely love the one with the car on the right hand side—the very clean, unadorned car–that is except for the reflections of the murals in the windows and on the shiny, shiny paint job. The contrast is wonderful.

  7. jack maraffi says:

    Great stuff. Thanks for the India…will revert. jack m.

  8. Jayne Cunningham says:

    I’m an Aussie and met Julie many years ago when she was the photographer on our Antarctic trip, and have followed her photos around the world since then. These recent pictures really capture the essence of change in NY. They are brilliant just like all the others.

  9. It’s wonderful to see how these photographs capture the manner in which people interact with public art and thereby imbue the works with life. What a vibrant montage of art and life.

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