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Through Snow and Sludge, Bushwick Proves its Winter Grit [Photos]

Winter in NYC is probably my least favorite time of year because, sure, the snow looks pretty for about three minutes when it first begins to fall, but then it either melts and turns into brown sludge, or it freezes and turns into sheets of ice

Insta-Takeover - Shawn Rutkowski - snow, blizzard, stoplight

Winter in NYC is probably my least favorite time of year because, sure, the snow looks pretty for about three minutes when it first begins to fall, but then it either melts and turns into brown sludge, or it freezes and turns into sheets of ice. And as much as I love Bushwick, it's no different from any other borough when it comes to the perils of winter weather. But what do other boroughs not have? A Bushwick Daily Insta-Takeover series to capture the beauty within the grit, that's wut.

Shawn Rutkowski's 10-day Insta-Takeover focused on the wintry, gritty side of the neighborhood. Shawn, a NYC-based, internationally published photographer and marketer, showed that Bushwick is a lived-in neighborhood. Maybe that's why it fails in many ways to be a touristy neighborhood (despite the tourists)? Apart from the seasonal snow and sludge, there are other aspects that set it apart from the more immaculately clean, Disney-looking areas of the city. From its barbed wire and endless number of stray cats, to the ever-present rust and garbage, it ain't always picture-perfect. But through the lens of a photographer looking for moments of truth, it's possible to identify a sad beauty in those grittier elements too.

Shawn helps find those moments of reflection in the photos below. If you like 'em, make sure to  head over to our Instagram page for the rest.

Happening now on our Instagram: Stephanie Gould zooms in on the surfaces of Bushwick.

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Follow me @shawnrutkowski "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." #shawnrutkowski #photographer #bushwick #streetphotography #streetphotographer #abstract #artist #nikon #newyorkcity #brooklyn #nyc #VSCOcam #cats @nikontop @vscocam @nyc

A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 15, 2015 at 8:21am PST

   

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A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 21, 2015 at 11:46am PST

Follow me @shawnrutkowski "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” #shawnrutkowski #photographer #bushwick #streetphotography #streetphotographer #abstract #artist #nikon #newyorkcity #brooklyn #iphone6plus #nyc #VSCOcam #architecture @nikontop

A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 13, 2015 at 3:15pm PST

   

Follow me @shawnrutkowski "Perhaps the only difference between me and other people is that I've always demanded more from the sunset." #shawnrutkowski #photographer #bushwick #streetphotography #streetphotographer #abstract #artist #nikon #newyorkcity #brooklyn #nyc #VSCOcam #architecture #graffiti @nikontop @vscocam

A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 17, 2015 at 2:35pm PST

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A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 18, 2015 at 3:45pm PST

   

Follow me @shawnrutkowski "Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star." #shawnrutkowski #photographer #bushwick #streetphotography #streetphotographer #abstract #artist #nikon #newyorkcity #brooklyn #nyc #VSCOcam #architecture #graffiti #sunset @nikontop @vscocam @nyc

A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 22, 2015 at 9:10am PST

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A photo posted by Bushwick Daily (@bushwickdaily) on Feb 15, 2015 at 5:14pm PST

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