My maternal grandparents passed through Ellis Island as they made their way to a new home in America. My grandfather came in 1913 at the age of 23 and my grandmother followed him in 1919 at the age of 28. So stepping onto this historic site is personal for me. I jumped at the chance to join a photography workshop with Joe McNally on this very significant piece of land and photograph the immigrant hospital as it remains today. In its day, the hospital was one of the world’s great and most modern. Within five decades after it was built, it was virtually abandoned. Tens of thousands of immigrants were restored to health in this hospital and granted entry into the United States after initially being disqualified because of health reasons. Walking through the extraordinary complex one could only ask “what if these walls could talk.?
Some days the ocean is just gorgeous and presenting the world with great waves for surfing!