Monday December 7, 2009

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Today I worked on a long-running project – photographing iconic structures.   I’ve been putting off the Brooklyn Bridge for some time – John Roebling’s masterpiece is a truly intimidating subject.  The light was dull so this is not a day for great art, but for exploring angles and pedestrian approaches in a part of Manhattan that is dominated by on and off ramps.  The plan as always is to sneak up on on the icon, rather than confront it frontally.  I plan on exploring the Brooklyn side later in the week.  If we have a decent sunrise or sunset in the next week I’ll try it in infrared.

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

Wednesday December 2, 2009

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This is a favorite subject of mine: Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Seagram building.  You’ll see this building again on this blog.   The space defined by the Seagram building, its plaza and the Racquet and Tennis Club across Park Avenue is one of the outstanding urban spaces in New York.  This is from the balcony of the Racquet and Tennis Club.  It’s about 5:30 PM so most offices are still illuminated.

Technically this image was stitched from four separate images shot with my Leica M9 and a 35 mm Summicron Asph. lens.  Images were stitched with PTGui Pro software.

Seagram building
Seagram building

Monday November 30, 2009

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This is a good time of the year to photograph New York in the dark – it gets dark early, around 5:00 PM.  Buildings are fully illuminated because workers are still at their desks at this hour.  Today we walked in the Lincoln Center to Columbus Circle area.

Traffic - Columbus Circle
Traffic - Columbus Circle

Monday November 23, 2009

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A tough day for photographs: meetings all morning followed by a large lunch in a dark restaurant. Ugly, gray light outside. Late in the day I found myself uptown near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gugenheim Museum. I have an ongoing project shooting iconic buildings as if one happens upon them at random – the objective is to try to capture the surprise of seeing them for the first time. The Gugeneheim is iconic but it’s hard to “happen upon” it – it’s cut off from Central Park across Fifth Avenue by a wall, and it’s hemmed in on the other three sides by larger buildings and the Manhattan grid. I ended up shooting details, and got this as it was getting dark. Not my best work.

The Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan
The Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan