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“Flatiron Building” – New York

“Flatiron Building” - New York

“Everything in New York is a photograph. All the things that are supposed to be dirty or rough or unrefined are the most beautiful things. Garbage cans at the ends of alleyways look like they’ve been up all night talking with each other. Doorways with peeling paint look like the wise lines around an old feller’s eyes.” ― Ann-Marie MacDonald

Yes, it’s my second photo this week of this awesome building, but a slightly different perspective than the typical front-view. The way the light shone off this building was stunning, there are no sufficient words to describe it.

Mid-morning, the warm sunlight just “glowed” from the walls of the Flatiron building. The experience of standing here, in this place, having seen so many beautiful images made by other photographers over the years, nothing prepared me for the light. It’s indescribable and completely unexpected, in this busy, bustling, modern city, filled with treasures from her past. That light, is soft, beautiful, out of place, somehow. But I love it and the effect it has on my soul.

In the photo above, people pass through the frame, unaware of the profound effect this scene is having on me. I’m locked in the moment, and reliving that experience as I view the image, and reflect back on that all too brief moment in time when I stood at this  intersection of light, and time, and history, drinking in the essence.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 22 mm
1/640 sec, f/13.0, ISO 400

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“The Flatiron Building” – New York

“The Flatiron Building” New York

“The peculiar office structure appears to exercise a strange fascination over some minds, for not only do hundreds of people stand for five and ten minutes at a time looking up at it, but many of those who have detached themselves from the groups are obliged to return in a minute or two to examine the structure from another point of view” – New York Times, 1902

I completely understand what the author of this quote meant. I’ve dreamt often of standing in this place and making a photo of this iconic New York Building at the intersection of 5th Avenue, 23rd Street, and Broadway, also known as the Fuller Building. When it was completed, in 1902, it was the tallest building (285 ft) in the world and people feared it might collapse.

I finally got my chance to photograph it myself this past weekend. Looking at other’s photos, including many well known ones gives me a certain sense of reverence. I’m standing in the same location once occupied by great artists. The scene is so familiar, yet details are slightly different, the cars on the road are different, the light, the foliage, the street signs, are all slightly different, or I simply did not notice them before. Then, the moment of truth, I get the opportunity to try my hand at this, with all the images rushing through my memory. Then ‘click’, image made, I check my histogram and all looks good. I make a few more, just in case and move on to the next landmark, suddenly aware of all the other remarkable buildings in the area. If you have not been there, New York is an architectural wonderland.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 190 mm
1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400

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