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“Fire Escape” – Church Street at Vesey, New York

“Fire Escape” - Church Street at Vesey, New York

“Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.”
― Dave Pelzer

Situated on the north-west corner of the World Trade Centre Plaza, I’m sure this building has some stories to tell, as it sustained some damage during the 9-11 attacks and has a clear view of the Plaza itself. I did not think of the building’s story as I stopped to photograph it. Though I’ve had time to reflect on that since.

The way the light played off the walls and created shadows is what first drew my eye to this image. There is also the structure of the fire escape that really brings this image together. I made a large print of this image, which hangs on the wall in front of me as I write this. The lines draw me in and keep me scanning all the fine details and subtle shade gradations. It seems to capture the ‘feel’ of New York, as I experienced it. It’s also quite a contrast to the ultra modern World Trade One and the Oculus, which are directly behind me and to the right as I made this image.

MAP

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 31mm
1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 400

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‘Oculus Reflection” – 9-11 Memorial, New York

“Oculus Reflection"- 9-11 Memorial, New York

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
 – Audre Lorde

The ‘Oculus’ is the odd, skeleton looking building left of centre. It is part of the connection between the New Jersey PATH transit system and the New York subway systems that intersect at the World Trade Centre complex. It’s not quite finished but far enough along that you get the concept.” 

My eye caught this awesome reflection on the wall of the 9-11 Museum complex, offering a near perfect reflection of the World Trade Centre Plaza, including the Oculus. It was very bright and difficult to balance the bright surfaces yet shows the people lined up to enter the museum, but it all worked out after a few exposure adjustments.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm
1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 400

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