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The Grand view….

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Followers of this blog know I am often drawn to nature and its environs–often inspired by the singular unique beauty of a leaf, a sky, a horizon. But for me, photography offers a canvas as vast as I can experience it. On a recent trip to New York City, I was fortunate enough to carve away an hour of time from my busy work demands and just lose myself in the miasma that is the central district, near Grand Central station. What a visual treat. Since my free time was relatively short, I made my choices simple: One camera, one lens, one 50mm focal length, which freed me to think of nothing outside of framing and composition. The result was anything but constrained… I felt like a true artist, no mission except to dive in and sample the urban, human landscape that is New York City. These two images capture the essence of Grand Central Station–one of the truly great architectural spaces in the city. It’s mesmerizing in there… considering the thousands–probably millions–of human stories that have passed through its great halls, each person in a harried rush to get from place to place. I could have sat there for hours, but I enjoyed the brief time I had there, and now have this moment in time to revisit it. I hope you enjoy it, as well…

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Light, camera, action…

 

In previous posts, I took images of New York City and, through the magic of post-processing, managed to harken back to an era long gone by. There is a certain magic in that, a bit of alchemy that allows a modern photographer to artistically render an image that transports you in time. The image I am posting today, however, is straight from the here and now. In fact, just 17 days ago, to be exact. This was taken the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, standing in the most exciting city in the world (ok, my opinion…) just hours before its gigantic, blow-out, block party.  The crowds seen here covered every street, every block, every corner, up and down the entire borough of Manhattan. What attracts me to this photograph today is the unmistakable life cursing through it; the people, the sunlight, the taxis… you can almost hear and feel the bustle, the horns, the low rumble of thousands of people, all vying to occupy one extremely  small plot of metropolitan real estate. This is the real New York City. Crowded, gritty…and utterly alive! Hope you enjoy…

In like a lion…

I took a short hiatus from posting over the holidays, spending less time on my computer and wrapped up in my pixels, and more time spent making memories with my family. Time well spent, I’d say, especially since I had the privilege of spending four days in (arguably) the greatest locale in the nation for New Year’s Eve: New York City. Four days, three nights, of hustle, bustle, crowds, lights, fireworks, shows, shopping, and walking, walking, walking… all with camera in tow, of course. One image always gives me cause for pause…passing by in front of the twin lions, Patience and Fortitude, those enduring marble icons guarding the gates of the New York Public Library, I am always struck by how majestic they appear, quietly beckoning passersby to stop, browse, or just enjoy one of the most delightful public areas in the city. More images from the city to come… hope you enjoy…