704 posts tagged urban photography
Paris - Sunset - Overlooking the Eiffel Tower and City from Above
Paris is everything I expected and so much more.
It’s an overwhelming city in all the best ways.
On my first day in Paris, I was treated to a walk around The Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood with a new Paris friend, Mikhail and his lovely friends. And then we then made our way to Montparnasse to take in this spectacular view from the top of Tour Montparnasse.
I am posting updates frequently to my Twitter, My Facebook, and Instagram while I am here in Paris (like an awesome video clip of the Eiffel Tower light show last night, for example!). Follow along if you are curious. :)
Not that I won’t post here but I will only be posting major photos here sporadically vs. everyday updates.
Also, check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here taking photos of Paris and having the experience of a lifetime!
New York City - Above Chinatown
I turned in the writing and photography for my New York City photography book to my publisher yesterday morning. The moment I turned everything in was probably one of the most terrifying and happy moments of my life.
I have been waiting to post the news to this blog more than anything because quite honestly, this is where it all began. This is where I first started posting my photography. I am eternally grateful for all of the support and amazing experiences I have had here on Tumblr for the last 4 years.
From the bottom of my heart: thank you
It happens like this:
You squint your eyes open
after walking on clouds in last night’s dreams
and the city comes into view:
a vast glistening kingdom built on the shoulders of despair and joy.
As the city comes into focus slowly,
you shut your eyes abruptly
sending up every wish that rests on the tip of your tongue
soaring on the barest whisper of a breeze
up towards the sky.
And then you blink your eyes open
hoping none of this
was in vain.
New York City Skyline - Lower Manhattan Skyscrapers after Sunset
New York City is magical
during the pause between night and day
when the sun dips behind the skyline
shining its light out through the twinkling eyes of the buildings.
This time of day is when
dreams roll off the tongue,
with a slow-motion exhale
at the end of a word
in a phrase
that trails off
I love the moments just after sunset when the seasons are changing. The sky sinks into a momentary pause before the night sky pulls itself over the city. When everything is devoid of color on cloudy days, the tiny bits of color during these moments that come from the lights in the skyscrapers and the color that streaks across the bone-chilled-grey sky reach right into the heart.
New York City - Winter Night - West Village
Winter nights open their arms up to those who walk through city streets strewn with glinting white embers: alabaster sparks left over from clenched-fist hopes that burst from eager palms onward and upwards into the sky.
Winter nights are the feeling you get when you are wrapped in a blanket as memories and scenes from all the other lives you will live and have lived play on the back of your eyelids like a fever-dream cinematic sequence.
Winter nights in New York City wrap themselves around you like a cocoon surrounding you with the sweetest of silences as trees spin their branches like webs over streets held down by the barest hint of gravity.
And we walk through the city like somnambulists moving through an otherworldly landscape: gliding through the white remnants of dream-laden clouds slowly with our faces drawn to street lights that hang over streets like stars leading our way back to the places we rest our heads.