We're back, rested (kinda), and ready to get back to the blog. I hope you all enjoy this last week of summer. I'm not psyched for it to start getting colder, but the changing seasons add a lot of photographic possibilities.
One of the benefits of doing portraits for companies is that you often get to shoot in their boardrooms with amazing views of the city. (It makes up for slogging 100+ pounds of equipment across the city in the pouring rain.)
This shot was taken from the W.R. Grace Building right next to Bryant Park. Front and center is one of my favorite buildings in the city, the American Standard (Radiator) Building.
The American Standard Building was built in 1924 for the American Radiator Co., a heater manufacturing company (it was originally called the American Radiator Building.)
The black brick was chosen to symbolize coal and give the building the feeling of solidity. The Gothic pinnacles and terra-cotta friezes on the facade are coated with gold and are meant to symbolize fire. On the building are carved allegories, symbolizing the transformation of matter into energy, which was very fitting for a heater company.
The building is currently used as the Bryant Park Hotel.
This was a shot taken of the eagle statue above Grand Central station, from the platform that was opened for Summer Saturdays. So this view of the statue is one that you can only get three times a year.
I wanted to make it look like the eagle was soaring through the city. I imagine that this is what a pigeon, or Spiderman, feels like.
I took this on Saturday from the car entrance that goes around Grand Central Station, which was closed for the morning for Summer Saturdays.
I have a lot more photos that I will put up at some point this week when I can find the time. But for now I thought this was a funny one.
I've been trying for awhile to take an MC Escher type illusion photograph in New York. It is tougher than it sounds and I thought I might have to resort to some sort of Photoshop illustration.
But I think this does the trick. On first glance it's tough to figure out which way is up.
I don't usually like shooting homeless people, but sometimes there's an image that I like too much to not take.