27 posts tagged bow bridge
Big Announcement: I am working on a book of New York City photography!
UPDATE:My New York Coffee Table Book containing my photography and writing is releasing in stores everywhere and online in the autumn of 2014.
Read about the book, view sample pages, view the cover, view sample images, and read about how to pre-order the book here:
I am very excited to announce that I am officially in the midst of putting together a table-top book of my photography paired with my writing. It will be available for sale in stores and online in the latter part of 2014 during the holiday season.
In the autumn of 2013, I was fortunate enough to have been asked to give a presentation during all 3 days of PhotoPlus Expo on the Sony stage as well as speak on an incredible panel about disruptive technology, new media, and the changing face of photography distribution. You can read about my presentation and panel here if you are curious: Vivienne Gucwa at PhotoPlus Expo.
After I finished giving my very first presentation, I was approached by a representative from publishing firm who had listened to me speak. They were moved by my presentation and wanted to know if I had ever entertained the idea of publishing a book of my photography and asked to meet with me formally. If you know me well, you know how skeptical and guarded I am when it comes to many things having to do with the business of photography. However, we did indeed have a (stellar) meeting later that weekend and it also just happened to be the real deal, a traditional book deal.
I held off announcing this formally until now because I wanted to announce the news only when I was knee-deep in the process of writing the book. A book has always been a goal but I was unhappy with the self-publishing model for a variety of reasons. So, I am grateful to have a great publishing firm to work with on this venture.
It’s a bit humbling and surreal to think about everything that is happening or about to happen. I am extremely thankful for all of the opportunities I have been granted. I just updated my news section here on the site with information about my upcoming Paris trip and subsequent gallery showing as well as an online workshop that is in early planning stages.
I will be keeping the news section as up to date as I can since I have a few other projects and announcements that are in the works or that I won’t be able to announce until later. Here is my news section:
I decided this was one of the best images of mine to pair with this particular announcement. I took this photo in Central Park back in 2011 when I was still very new to the world of photography. It has become one of my most popular images and as such it has opened up many doors for me over the years.
I look at this image and I can remember exactly how I felt climbing through the snow in Central Park during that blizzard to create the photos I knew I wanted to create on that day. It was an electrifying and empowering feeling to shoot with determination, purpose, and vision.
I still get that feeling when I take photos. I hope that feeling never subsides.
Some links of interest:
My online photography portfolio:
My updated About Page:
More New York City Winter photos with snow:
New York City - Winter - Central Park in the Snow
This is the always iconic Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City. This is an alternate edit of one of my most popular photos (ever).
It never even occurred to me that I had never shared this photo online on my New York City photography blog until this past week when it was tweeted by a very, very popular Twitter account: Earth Pics (with over 1 million Twitter followers). I have been hyper-focused on my Twitter lately and have been having an awesome time getting into the various discussions that occur on there revolving around NYC and travel, two subjects I am passionate about.
A Twitter follower of mine notified me that she noticed that a photo of mine had been shared without any credit and linked to the tweet. I scratched my head for a good 5 minutes or so trying to figure out how this popular twitter account even came across this particular edit when I noticed the unmistakable Stocksy watermark all over their share of my photo! You see, some of my photos belong to a rather exclusive (and gorgeous) stock collection over at Stocksy. It appears that whoever shared it went to my profile and yanked the photo directly from there to share it. The tweet got well over 2,000 re-tweets and 3,000+ favorites which is no small feat but I was really bummed that I wasn’t credited at all especially since my Stocksy profile actually shows all of my social media links including my Twitter!
In any case, I e-mailed them and they removed the tweet, apologized and asked me to re-submit to their site in the future and they would gladly tweet with proper credit.
So here I am officially sharing this photo that seems to have ended up in quite a few places already (it appears people on We Heart It and Pinterest also had a field day passing it around without credit at some point…). Ah, the internet!
New York Autumn - Central Park - Bow Bridge and the Lake
On autumn days
when grey skies
brush across the water
with icy fingertips
and tree branches
cling to their
the wind plays
a slow adagio
with a warm vibrato
on every fallen
One of the most beautiful places in New York City to enjoy autumn is Central Park. With over 800 acres of a variety of natural landscapes, Central Park comes alive in the autumn as it prepares to hibernate for the winter.
This was taken on a moody autumn day with my Sony A99 while I was wandering around in The Ramble. The Ramble is a 38 acre woodland with meandering paths. If you follow it out towards some of the main paths, you will eventually come across this beautiful view of Bow Bridge.
New York City autumn - Central Park - Bow Bridge
Autumn in New York City: when the city basks in the brilliant embers of summer’s fire.
This was taken years ago during the first autumn of the year that I discovered photography.
What struck me when I opened up the folder with these early images of mine were the flood of feelings and emotions they evoked.
When I look at this photograph, I am instantly transported to that afternoon in Central Park and this is what runs through my mind and tugs at my heart:
the way the afternoon light slid slowly into evening washing over the fall foliage and rich algae-colored lake,
the way the trees glowed in the dappled light,
the way the crisp breeze kissed my face,
the smell of fire-wood that tickled my nose,
the hushed whispers of lovers basking in autumn’s glow,
the reassuring crunch of leaves underfoot,
the lingering warmth of summer resting alongside the early chill of winter,
the moment I realized that photography meant more to me than anything,
and the feeling that
would ever be the same again.
Interested in more of what a New York autumn looks like? Check out my guide to the best Central Park autumn views here:
P.S. I launched a travel blog recently. If you are curious, read about it here. I will be posting there about upcoming traveling workshops and trips (I have a ton coming up in October!). If you want to come with me on my travel excursions, follow along here!