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Winter storm Nemo in New York City. Blizzard set of photos from the Lower East Side to Times Square.


My entire set of photos is up here on my Flickr (there are around 40 photos including a lot more of Times Square in the snow):


Winter Storm Nemo - New York City - Blizzard 2013


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I live for snowstorms in New York City. So you can just imagine how bummed I was last winter season when we barely got any snow. Growing up in New York City, I remember quite a few blizzards and its with fond nostalgia that I always wish for at least one great snowstorm during the winter. New York City is extra beautiful when covered in a blanket of freshly fallen snow.


When I heard that winter storm Nemo (also known as the Blizzard of 2013, February snowstorm and other terms) was going to deliver some gorgeous white flakes from the sky I was more than ready for it. The photos in this set are not edited the way I would normally edit them. I just basically imported them into Lightroom and adjusted some contrast in a few cases from the RAW files. I will most likely go through the photos here plus others that I am not posting and give them the Vivienne treatment at some point. I am just floored at how incredible it was to shoot the snow with the Sony a99. I did go out of my way to protect it despite it being weather-sealed since it isn’t technically my camera and since my lenses also needed protection. I must have been quite a sight in my ski-mask, enormous scarf, giant winter boots and a camera covered in plastic. :) It seemed like I had an easier time shooting in this snowstorm than in the two blizzards that I took photos in back in 2010 and 2011. I think it’s because the wind was far more manageable and because I was out before the blizzard hit with full force. While the snow was heavy, the winds were easy to deal with in some respects since the gusts were few and far between.


I decided to walk from where I live on the Lower East Side all the way to Times Square since I do this particular walk frequently and know all of the spots I have always wanted to capture in the snow. I had a blast! The wind did get stronger and stronger as I got closer to Times Square and by the time I made my way home it was full-on blizzard conditions so I think I went at the optimal time. I somehow managed to take photos in the East Village, around Union Square, Chelsea (in truth, I had really hoped that the Empire State Building would be visible but it was completely hidden by the snow and lack of visibility), 5th Avenue, Midtown, the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Bryant Park (which was absolutely ethereal in the snow) and finally Times Square.


And so, the photos here are pretty much almost straight out of the camera save for a few tweaks to levels, no fancy tinkering (but I can’t wait to do so!). And now that I have consumed more hot chocolate than I anticipated, I am off to dream about snow.


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Freshly fallen snow. Lower East Side, New York City

It is snowing here in lower Manhattan. I can’t recall a time in recent memory when it snowed this early in the year. The flakes are enormous and quite beautiful. I love snow in the city when it first falls. The city is so beautiful in freshly fallen snow. Streets empty and street lights illuminate the swirling snow.  

This particular photo was taken last winter during a blizzard. One of my favorite winter activities is bundling myself up and wandering around in the snow. In the case of a blizzard, I don’t really recommend this unless you are sure you have places you can duck into every so often since the wind gusts during blizzard conditions are usually over 50 miles per hour. On the night that I took this photo, the winds were so strong that it was difficult to walk straight and I think I ended up ducking into doorways and still-open stores about a dozen times to thaw out and resist frostbite. I am lucky to live in a neighborhood (Lower East Side) that has a number of bodegas and stores that stay open no matter what the weather is and I am grateful to the places that gave me brief moments of warmth and shelter.

I don’t know if this early snowfall is an indicator of a snowy winter ahead but I do know that if it does snow quite a bit, I will be out there bundled up twirling under the street lights with the falling snow.

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Freshly fallen snow. Lower East Side, New York City

It is snowing here in lower Manhattan. I can’t recall a time in recent memory when it snowed this early in the year. The flakes are enormous and quite beautiful. I love snow in the city when it first falls. The city is so beautiful in freshly fallen snow. Streets empty and street lights illuminate the swirling snow.

This particular photo was taken last winter during a blizzard. One of my favorite winter activities is bundling myself up and wandering around in the snow. In the case of a blizzard, I don’t really recommend this unless you are sure you have places you can duck into every so often since the wind gusts during blizzard conditions are usually over 50 miles per hour. On the night that I took this photo, the winds were so strong that it was difficult to walk straight and I think I ended up ducking into doorways and still-open stores about a dozen times to thaw out and resist frostbite. I am lucky to live in a neighborhood (Lower East Side) that has a number of bodegas and stores that stay open no matter what the weather is and I am grateful to the places that gave me brief moments of warmth and shelter.

I don’t know if this early snowfall is an indicator of a snowy winter ahead but I do know that if it does snow quite a bit, I will be out there bundled up twirling under the street lights with the falling snow.

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View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page

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 Ryan Adams - Lucky Now single cover. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa (me!)

Blizzard in the East Village, New York City.


I have some incredible news to share. I was contacted by Ryan Adam’s independent music label a couple of months ago regarding commercial usage of one of my photos from this past winter for the cover of Ryan Adam’s latest single called “Lucky Now” (shown here in this post). I happily agreed!  

The single is off Ryan Adam’s upcoming album called “Ashes & Fire”. You can view the cover to the single with my photo on it as well as listen to the single on Ryan Adam’s official Facebook page here:  

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now 

It’s impossible to articulate how over the moon I am about this! I am extremely grateful to Ryan Adams for using my photo for this particular single. 

The photo is special to me because it was taken during the peak of a very rough blizzard last winter which I ventured out in specifically with the intent of capturing my neighborhood wrapped in the embrace of a beautiful storm. The blizzard produced wind gusts of 55+ mph and ended up blanketing New York City in 20 inches of snow. It was taken in the East Village on one of my favorite streets in the winter. I love winter storms down here on the Lower East Side. It’s nearly impossible to keep me inside when the world is transformed into a wild snow-globe. There is nothing quite like New York City covered in freshly fallen snow.

I have created an album over at my Google Plus profile which shows the original photo along with the album cover (shown in this post):

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now single cover with photography by Vivienne Gucwa

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Buy “Winter Blizzard - New York City” Cards, Prints and Posters here, View my store, email me, or ask for help.

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now single cover. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa (me!)

Blizzard in the East Village, New York City.

I have some incredible news to share. I was contacted by Ryan Adam’s independent music label a couple of months ago regarding commercial usage of one of my photos from this past winter for the cover of Ryan Adam’s latest single called “Lucky Now” (shown here in this post). I happily agreed!

The single is off Ryan Adam’s upcoming album called “Ashes & Fire”. You can view the cover to the single with my photo on it as well as listen to the single on Ryan Adam’s official Facebook page here:

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now

It’s impossible to articulate how over the moon I am about this! I am extremely grateful to Ryan Adams for using my photo for this particular single.

The photo is special to me because it was taken during the peak of a very rough blizzard last winter which I ventured out in specifically with the intent of capturing my neighborhood wrapped in the embrace of a beautiful storm. The blizzard produced wind gusts of 55+ mph and ended up blanketing New York City in 20 inches of snow. It was taken in the East Village on one of my favorite streets in the winter. I love winter storms down here on the Lower East Side. It’s nearly impossible to keep me inside when the world is transformed into a wild snow-globe. There is nothing quite like New York City covered in freshly fallen snow.

I have created an album over at my Google Plus profile which shows the original photo along with the album cover (shown in this post):

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now single cover with photography by Vivienne Gucwa

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Buy “Winter Blizzard - New York City” Cards, Prints and Posters here, View my store, email me, or ask for help.

East Village, Manhattan.


New York City is bracing itself for another winter storm currently. The predictions are for anywhere from 8-12 inches (or more) depending on where you get your weather information. This was taken in the midst of the last huge snowstorm we had. It’s beautiful when it first falls. 

(Clicking through the photo will take you to where it is located on Flickr where you can see larger versions and/or more information.)

East Village, Manhattan.


New York City is bracing itself for another winter storm currently. The predictions are for anywhere from 8-12 inches (or more) depending on where you get your weather information. This was taken in the midst of the last huge snowstorm we had. It’s beautiful when it first falls.

(Clicking through the photo will take you to where it is located on Flickr where you can see larger versions and/or more information.)