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New York City - World Trade Center

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I had the pleasure of taking photos of the World Trade Center for an article in The Guardian that just went live this morning. You can read the article and see my photos here:

One World Trade Center: how New York tried to rebuild its soul

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A view from the top of 4 World Trade Center which is currently under construction…

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As I wrote in a few earlier posts regarding this photo assignment, having grown up here in New York City and lived through September 11, these photos changed my own perspective on the new World Trade Center.

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A view of 1 World Trade Center from the unfinished terrace of 4 World Trade Center at sunset…

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My other photography and musings about the World Trade Center can be found here:

World Trade Center

A view of 1 World Trade Center as the Empire State Building looks on…
The new New York City skyline at dusk…

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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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*All photos in this post were taken with my Sony A7, A7R, and A6000

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New York City: Skyline and Chrysler Building

I have always been partial to late summer skyline views here in New York City. 

The haze that hangs over the horizon like a misty veil seems to lend a special sort of immediacy to the skyscrapers that assert themselves in the foreground. 

The Chrysler Building, New York City’s art-deco masterpiece of architecture, always looks so regal positioned in front of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (also known as the 59th Street Bridge). Four smokestacks playfully draw the eye towards the rest of Queens that sprawls out in the distance towards the fading horizon. 

It’s as if the sky is locked in an embrace with the rest of the city while the skyscrapers that make up the midtown Manhattan skyline are enraptured and wrapped up in their own special moment with the Chrysler Building. 


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View: “The New York City Skyline and the Chrysler Building” in my photography portfolio, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City: Skyline and Chrysler Building

I have always been partial to late summer skyline views here in New York City.

The haze that hangs over the horizon like a misty veil seems to lend a special sort of immediacy to the skyscrapers that assert themselves in the foreground.

The Chrysler Building, New York City’s art-deco masterpiece of architecture, always looks so regal positioned in front of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (also known as the 59th Street Bridge). Four smokestacks playfully draw the eye towards the rest of Queens that sprawls out in the distance towards the fading horizon.

It’s as if the sky is locked in an embrace with the rest of the city while the skyscrapers that make up the midtown Manhattan skyline are enraptured and wrapped up in their own special moment with the Chrysler Building.

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View: “The New York City Skyline and the Chrysler Building” in 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


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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: 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.

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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

—-

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.