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New York City - Skyline and Chrysler Building at Night

Darkness dances

across the water

and city lights

glow

like tiny candles,

golden, flickering

heartbeats

palpitating

to the

slow rhythm

of dreams,

as skyscrapers

entice

sleeping wanderers

to stretch 

towards

distant stars.

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This is a 30 second exposure taken with my Sony A99 from Roosevelt Island overlooking the Chrysler Building and the New York City skyline of midtown Manhattan.

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Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it): 


NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book

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View: "Chrysler Building and New York Skyline - Roosevelt Island View" Prints here,My Travel Blog, On G+, email me, or ask for help.

New York City - Skyline and Chrysler Building at Night

Darkness dances

across the water

and city lights

glow

like tiny candles,

golden, flickering

heartbeats

palpitating

to the

slow rhythm

of dreams,

as skyscrapers

entice

sleeping wanderers

to stretch

towards

distant stars.

—-

This is a 30 second exposure taken with my Sony A99 from Roosevelt Island overlooking the Chrysler Building and the New York City skyline of midtown Manhattan.

—-

Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book

—-

View: "Chrysler Building and New York Skyline - Roosevelt Island View" Prints here,My Travel Blog, On G+, email me, or ask for help.

New York - Autumn in the City

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Today was an absolutely perfect autumn day in New York City. The air was crisp, and the sun exuded a cool warmth.

This time of year always makes me incredibly nostalgic. It was the autumn of 2009 that I found my passion for photography. I would walk as far as my legs would take me with my little point and shoot camera which was severely limited in its capacity. I was too poor for a smartphone at the time and remember hoping that the no-frills point and shoot that I bought on sale for $79 could help me capture the city I love in photographs.

I went through quite a few of those early photos today for a client who found one of the photos on my Flickr account and requested it for an upcoming ad campaign. I keep all of my work on my Flickr account, even the early work. It’s amazing how far some of those early photos have gone in terms of usage. Not all of my early work is what I would consider good. In fact, most of my early work is fairly rough in terms of execution of what I was attempting to do with the limited tools I had at the time.

However, I keep them online because I believe it’s important to keep a record of where we have been in life. It helps to put everything in perspective. Most importantly, it helps to track growth and learning.

I wanted to share a few of my photos from that magical autumn of 2009.

I can still feel every aspect of each moment I captured with my camera when I look at these…

The way the leaves gathered at the curb…
Early Halloween decorations…
Quiet moments where the past and present co-mingled…
Horses and Central Park’s autumn foliage…
As holiday scenes tugged at the heart…
And glowing orange lights warmed up chilly afternoons..
Central Park’s landscapes in their last hurrah before winter…
As the first intrepid ice-skaters took to the ice…
While the Upper East Side’s architecture framed a perfect hint of orange…
As townhouses…
And grand architecture uptown stoically waited to hibernate…
Brooklyn reveled in Autumn’s warmth…
Modern love enjoyed a moment in an abandoned East Village lot…
And New York City passionately declared its love for autumn.

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Looking for these photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

New York Autumn - A Look Back

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Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book

——

View: My photography portfolio, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City - 1 WTC at Sunset

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There are some nights so magical and special, so all-encompassing in their scope that it feels impossible to relay their magnitude. 

Last night was one of them. 

This is one of the photos I took last night as I watched one of the most stunning sunsets paint itself across the sky from a terrace on the top of 4 World Trade Center. 

I was up there to take night photos of 1 World Trade Center and hadn’t even seen the sky until I made it up to the 57th floor unfinished terrace. For a few seconds, it scarcely seemed real, as if the giant hand of an artist had crafted a colorful composite to serve as a background for the majestic 1 World Trade Center. 

When I was asked to take photos to accompany an upcoming article about the World Trade Center for the Guardian, I was honored and also a bit curious about how I would feel photographing such an iconic symbol of strength built upon the hallowed, sacred ground of loss, and despair. 

I have written about September 11th a few times on this blog usually accompanying photo-sets that remain a  bit too emotional for me to view to this day: 1) The opening of the  9/11 Memorial, 2) In remembrance - The World Trade Center Memorial , 3)Tie a Ribbon of Remembrance - Public Art and the World Trade Center.  Since 2001, the site has largely remained a solemn place of reflection for me and many New Yorkers.

Visiting the site initially a few weeks ago was a cathartic experience in retrospect. What once felt like a deep abyss of despair has been partially transformed into a powerful site of strength demonstrating New York City’s tenacity and ability to regrow while also carefully dwelling in deep remembrance.

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And so,  last night I stood high up on a terrace of 4 World Trade Center looking out towards 1 World Trade Center which rose up in front of me like a phoenix as the sun spilled across the sky, and I smiled with happy tears in my eyes.


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* This is an 8 second long exposure taken with my Sony A7R.


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Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it): 

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book


—— 

View: My photography portfolio, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City - 1 WTC at Sunset

—-

There are some nights so magical and special, so all-encompassing in their scope that it feels impossible to relay their magnitude.

Last night was one of them.

This is one of the photos I took last night as I watched one of the most stunning sunsets paint itself across the sky from a terrace on the top of 4 World Trade Center.

I was up there to take night photos of 1 World Trade Center and hadn’t even seen the sky until I made it up to the 57th floor unfinished terrace. For a few seconds, it scarcely seemed real, as if the giant hand of an artist had crafted a colorful composite to serve as a background for the majestic 1 World Trade Center.

When I was asked to take photos to accompany an upcoming article about the World Trade Center for the Guardian, I was honored and also a bit curious about how I would feel photographing such an iconic symbol of strength built upon the hallowed, sacred ground of loss, and despair.

I have written about September 11th a few times on this blog usually accompanying photo-sets that remain a bit too emotional for me to view to this day: 1) The opening of the 9/11 Memorial, 2) In remembrance - The World Trade Center Memorial , 3)Tie a Ribbon of Remembrance - Public Art and the World Trade Center. Since 2001, the site has largely remained a solemn place of reflection for me and many New Yorkers.

Visiting the site initially a few weeks ago was a cathartic experience in retrospect. What once felt like a deep abyss of despair has been partially transformed into a powerful site of strength demonstrating New York City’s tenacity and ability to regrow while also carefully dwelling in deep remembrance.

——-

And so, last night I stood high up on a terrace of 4 World Trade Center looking out towards 1 World Trade Center which rose up in front of me like a phoenix as the sun spilled across the sky, and I smiled with happy tears in my eyes.

——-

* This is an 8 second long exposure taken with my Sony A7R.

——-

Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book

——

View: My photography portfolio, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City: Skyscrapers - Midtown Manhattan

Skyscrapers are

stalagmites

fed

by dreams

and lofty

aspirations

fed by soil

nurtured with

loss and desire

propelling forward

into a sky

full of 

possibility.
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Taken on a recent afternoon with my phone as storm clouds circled over midtown Manhattan.

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Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it): 

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book


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View: “New York City - Skyscraper in Midtown on a Stormy Afternoon” in my photography portfolio, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City: Skyscrapers - Midtown Manhattan

Skyscrapers are

stalagmites

fed

by dreams

and lofty

aspirations

fed by soil

nurtured with

loss and desire

propelling forward

into a sky

full of

possibility.

—-

Taken on a recent afternoon with my phone as storm clouds circled over midtown Manhattan.

—-

Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book

—-

View: “New York City - Skyscraper in Midtown on a Stormy Afternoon” in my photography portfolio, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.