387 Photos - Oct 4, 2011
Photo: Photo: "New York City..."

When the day stretches out

leaving a trail of sighs

in its wake,

the sky

and the infinite

slowly implode

folding themselves into one another

until all that is left

is a never-ending horizon

reaching out towards

the rest of forever.

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(This is a duplicate post! I added a caption because it pains me to see my writing not included to do a bug)


This is a view of Central Park and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan as seen from above. It was taken with the Sony A77 from the top of the Empire State Building on an impossibly perfect morning. Upper Manhattan sits in the distance with the Chrysler Building and Queens to the right. The trees of Bryant Park are peeking out in the bottom-left part of this image.

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You can view this post with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/50690567579/new-york-city-skyline-and-central-park-from-above

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Tags: #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #photography   #skyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #skyscrapers   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #city   #urban   #centralparkPhoto: New York City skyline -  Hudson River view

The city rises out of the water

proud, elegant

adorned in its colorful,

man-made suit of armor.

And all of the hopes and dreams

billow up to meet the sky

propelling themselves past

the places and spaces that

hold them.

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This was taken recently while on a boat to New Jersey with the Sony A99. As I have mentioned before in other posts, one of the many reasons I love living in New York City is that the shifts in perspective can be so incredibly jarring and thought provoking. When you are in the midst of it all, you don’t fully realize that Manhattan (in particular) is an island. And yet, once you get on any of the boats that traverse the rivers that surround the city, it’s really overwhelming to see Manhattan’s skyline shrink into the distance under a vast sky.

The Hudson River is all that sits between parts of New Jersey and Manhattan. This view includes the Empire State Building and the midtown Manhattan skyline that sits on the west side of the island.

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You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/52342832379/new-york-city-skyline-hudson-river-view

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattan   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #cityscape   #urbanlandscape   #empirestatebuilding   #city   #cityphotography   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya99Photo: New York City - summer light

On days like this, it’s as if the rest of the world has slipped away with the winter somewhere past the visible horizon into the realm of distant memories.

On days like this, the sun exhales through the trees that spread their newly adorned limbs out in a welcoming embrace.

On days like this, the city lingers in a promise whispered on a warm breeze.

On days like this, the light is a dream that makes its way into reality.

On days like this, there is nothing else that matters.

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This image was taken this past weekend as I walked around Manhattan for hours soaking in the gorgeous weather. I have mentioned my severe brownstone envy in other posts before. I believe that townhouses fall under this same category. To re-iterate, I grew up in Queens (another borough of New York City), and the brownstones in Manhattan and Brooklyn tugged at my heart constantly. Their enormous doorways always seemed to be flanked by extravagant stairways and every window seemed to be a frame encapsulating an enticing painting.

There wasn’t anything that came close to these beautiful works of architecture where I grew up in Flushing, Queens. And don’t even get me started on the Cosby Show which added to my angsty brownstone envy on a weekly basis. I still stop in my tracks and swoon when I come across a particularly beautiful set of brownstones or townhouses. I imagine all of the narratives that could have possibly occurred in these fantastical works of architecture and it’s enough to take me right back to feeling exactly how I did when I was growing up in Queens.

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I was super fortunate to get my hands on the Sony NEX-6 recently (which I used for this image). For those who don’t know, the NEX series is quite popular as the NEXs are mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. This means that they are super compact and light (around 12 oz!). It felt odd carrying around a camera that weighed significantly less than most dSLRs and dSLTs and yet seems to rival the image quality. Is the future mirrorless? Maybe. I can say I am having a bit of a love affair with the NEX-6 (don’t tell my other camera). I will post more images taken with this camera peppered in with my other photos from time to time, for sure.

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You can view this post with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/52419541817/new-york-city-townhouses-midtown-on-days

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #manhattan   #newyorkcityphotography   #brownstones   #townhouses   #newyorkphoto   #newyorkphotography   #nycphoto   #nycstreet   #newyorkstreet   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonynex   #sonynex6Photo: New York City - Fog

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There is nothing quite like a foggy day in New York City.

The sky slinks down seductively towards the city

sending its clouds on a romantic stroll through the streets.

And the skyscrapers,

lost in the moment,

appear weightless as they bubble over in a heady rush from all of the attention.

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This was taken on a moody day in Manhattan while on top of the Empire State Building with the Sony A77. The low visibility is always interesting to observe from great heights.

The view is looking out towards the east looking out over the skyscrapers and roof tops of midtown Manhattan. You can almost make out the three lower Manhattan bridges in the distance.

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You can view this post with all relevant links over on my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/51565866360/new-york-city-skyline-fog-midtown-there-is

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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityskyline #fog #foggyday #newyorkfog #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #city #cityscape #urban #newyorkcityphotography #nycphoto #sony #sonyphotographers #sonya77 #manhattanPhoto: The skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan in late afternoon sunlight. 

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The actual post that accompanies this photo is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+VivienneGucwa/posts/2mxF2Bu5mum

I am apparently bugged and so this is duplicated.


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Camera: Sony a99 | Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ---

View this image in my photography portfolio here: http://nycphoto.smugmug.com/Photography/New-York-City-Photography/21276087_XtN66k#!i=2557780769&k=Z2CjNppPhoto: New York City Skyline. Night

In the blink of an eye the city’s lights twinkle like stars in a universe that rises up from the ground to the surface of a darkening sky.

And all at once, everything else seems to fade away.

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This was taken on a frigid evening with the Sony A99 at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens with wind gusts roaring across the river to the rocks I was teetering on with nothing more than my tripod and utterances of hope that the wind would let up for just a few seconds.

It didn’t.

But as I stood there frozen in place for what seemed like the longest 30 seconds of the night, the city’s glow rivaled that of a roaring fire and everything else seemed to pale in comparison.

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You can view this post with relevant links over at my photography blog here: 

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/51263102675/new-york-city-skyline-night-midtown-in-thePhoto: Manhattan Bridge - Night - New York City

The world stops spinning on its axis

as the city’s lights search through the night

for hearts that flutter to the

syncopation of its pulsating lights.

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This was taken on a stormy night in Brooklyn with the Sony A99 as the waves in the East River pounded the piers and the wind whipped against the faces of the few brave souls who were still standing at the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park hoping to catch a first glimpse of the city’s lights as they flickered into view.

I am always amazed at the power of long exposure photography to calm the chaos in a landscape, especially in a cityscape.

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You can view this post with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/51186388459/manhattan-bridge-night-new-york-city-the

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #cityphotography   #urban   #cityscape   #newyorkcityskyline   #blackandwhitephotography   #longexposurethursdayPhoto: Cherry blossoms in Central Park

We dream of springtime

with our eyes closed in winter

as snow turns from white to pink

cascading down on the backs of our eyelids

in a slideshow of a moment

that is hard to grasp onto

but difficult to forget.

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There is nothing quite like springtime in New York City. This is a view of the cherry trees that line the Bridle Path in Central Park. Like autumn, spring is barely a lingering whisper that brushes up against our faces for what seems like a second.



Taken with the Sony A55.



You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/45466687098/cherry-blossoms-in-central-park-new-york-city-in

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #cherryblossoms   #centralpark   #centralparkspring   #newyorkspring   #spring   #springtime   #springtimenewyork  Photo: "In the palm of its hands..."

When clouds pull themselves over the city after sunset, the city reaches up to greet the night with stars in its eyes and a racing pulse.

And when the night reaches down to hold the city in the palm of its hands, the city’s lights spill out onto a dark sky peppering it with stars.

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There is a heady essence of myth and legend that permeates the in-between times of the day. It seems to seep out especially in the evening just after the sun has reached the horizon when the air is thick with legend. One of my favorite activities is waiting for night to fall while experiencing the deep inhale and exhale of the city. Light spills out from the buildings and pours itself onto the surface of the water and the sky while the blue of the day’s sky melts into the night’s palm.

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This was taken on a bitterly cold and windy evening at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens with the Sony A99. The wind was whipping across the water with some ferocity and the dock was moving along with the wind gusts making even a 4 second exposure (as this is) quite a challenge. But the light and the storm clouds were magical that night and it was well worth the endless crossing of fingers hoping that the wind didn’t dance too much with the camera.

Some of the most beautiful views of the skyline are from across the East River and Queens has an impressive view of the skyline in Long Island City. When I was growing up in Queens, Long Island City was an almost entirely industrial area. It has become far more residential in recent decades and the areas that boast these views are now in high demand.



You can view this post over at my photography blog with all relevant links here if you wish:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/46250204718/new-york-city-skyline-and-the-chrysler-building-as



Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #skyline   #cityscape   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattanskyline   #skyline   #chryslerbuilding   #skyscrapers   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya99   #a99  Photo: "Bushwick..."

The sky wavered in mood earlier today displaying an angsty mix of rage-puffed storm clouds and baby blues streaked by sunlight. It was the perfect backdrop for Bushwick’s incredible array of street art murals that pepper the industrial urban landscape.

I have been spending an inordinate amount of time in Brooklyn lately. My other half was born in Brooklyn (I like to refer to it as his “hatch-zone”) and is a great walking-off-steam companion. And so we keep ending up in interesting places on these long walks.

Bushwick was never really a friendly place when I was younger (this is a severe understatement). It’s fascinating to see the stage of evolution it seems to be in currently. The factories are all still there but there is also an amazing amount of art that seems to be thriving on the walls of Bushwick. Growing up in Queens ogling 5 Pointz, a large industrial space transformed into a premiere space for graffiti/street artists to cover in art, I was sad to hear that 5 Pointz will eventually be razed. However, Bushwick seems to have a blossoming 5 Pointz feel at this moment in time which is exhilarating to witness.

Who knows what the future holds for Bushwick? But, for now, it’s a perfect mix of grit and art.



You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/50065195221/bushwick-street-art-brooklyn-new-york-city



Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #brooklyn   #newyorkcityphotography   #bushwick   #streetart   #graffiti   #city   #urban   #cityphotography   #urbanlandscape   #bushwickart   #bushwickstreetart   #art   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #mobilephotography  Photo: "Infinity..."

Being above the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan makes the mind and heart pause.

It’s hard to take in the immensity of the view especially after sunset when all of the city’s lights flicker like stars in a sky suspended upside down over an ocean full of clouds.

But, after a few moments, something else happens.

The mind reels, tipsy after taking its first, lingering sip of the cityscape.

And, with giddy eagerness, the eyes wander over every roof and into every window, past the fast moving traffic that zips across the city streets like shooting stars.

How many dreams are bursting forth, ready to propel themselves from the minds of urban dreamers: out from inside the walls, offices, apartments, and houses that contain them?

How many hopes are being uttered at the same time?

How many love songs are being sung?

How many hearts are being broken as other hearts are connecting?

And as the sun dips below the horizon letting the urban stars hang brightly in their own universe, the city speeds on at its own pace as someone else begins pondering variations on the same series of thoughts…

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This is a view of the Empire State Building and the New York City skyline as seen from Top of the Rock. It’s a 30 second long exposure taken with the Sony A99 and the view is looking south towards lower Manhattan. One World Trade Center (or 1 WTC - also known as the Freedom Tower) can be seen in the distance to the right of the Empire State Building.



You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/49554368816/the-new-york-city-skyline-and-the-empire-state



Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #manhattan   #empirestatebuilding   #newyorkcityskyline   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #skyline 
#cityscape   #prose   #nycskyline   #manhattanskyline   #sony   #sonya99   #sonyphotographers   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite  Photo: "Every drop of rain.."

When the sky opens up over the city, urban wanderers glide over the surface of streets slick with shadowy memory.

And every drop of rain holds the world in its slippery grasp.

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Recently, someone who saw this same photo in black and white (seen here: http://nythroughthelens.com/post/32262855753/rain-greenwich-village-new-york-city-rain-is) inquired if I also had the image available in color. Since I shoot in color and convert my color photos to black and white after the fact (with a few exceptions), I went through my library and found my color rendition of this scene. I was struck with how the photo evoked a different set of emotions when viewing it in color. I have come to love it in black and white to such an extent that my memory of the scene as it occurred also plays out in my mind in black and white. However, I remember the initial appeal of this candid moment was the strong bursts of color against the winter-bare trees. The day was bitterly cold: the type of damp cold that seeps down to the bone and in one short moment, the street erupted with color. It was such a fleeting moment but it created such a spark.

On a related note, I read an interesting essay by Joel Meyerwitz a few days ago on the New York Times Lens Blog called A Question of Colors - Answered. Meyerwitz is part of a current exhibition in London which compares some of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s black and white images with work by other noted photographers who have been influenced by him but have chosen to work in color for a large part of their photography careers. The curator of this particular exhibition states that: “This exhibition will show how Henri Cartier-Bresson, in spite of his skeptical attitude regarding the artistic value of colour photography, nevertheless exerted a powerful influence over photographers who took up the new medium and who were determined to put a personal stamp on it. In effect, his criticisms of colour spurred on a new generation, determined to overcome the obstacles and prove him wrong.”

It’s interesting to me that color photography inhabits a more defensive realm than black and white photography especially when it comes to street photography. I think that both have different psychological effects on the viewer and both can be just as valid in terms of having artistic value. However, it’s definitely not a simple debate.

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New York Photography: Rain in Washington Square, Greenwich Village.



You can view this post along with all relevant links (there are a few) and information on where to purchase prints of this image here at my site:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/35778897750/rain-new-york-city-greenwich-village-when-the



Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #greenwichvillage   #washingtonsquare   #washingtonsquarearch   #city   #cityphotography   #urban   #urbanphotography   #rain   #rainnyc   #newyorkrain   #newyorkcityrain   #writing   #colorvsblackandwhite  Photo: "Impermanence..."

Through eyelashes wet with rain,

a thousand thoughts fall

to the ground

and through the raindrops

the city lights blur together

as shadows make their way

into the night

impermanence

registered with

every blink.

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You can view this post with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/48161209025/new-york-city-rain-bryant-park-midtown

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #nycphotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitenyc   #rain   #night   #noir   #noiretblanc   #cityrain   #nycrain   #newyorkrain   #newyorknight   #nycnight   #nycnoir  Photo: "Moments..."

Moments are vessels that contain: sparks, magic, effervescent happiness, lingering sadness, red-tinged anger, bittersweet joy all waiting to explode if and when that point in time is visited again.

There are moments that exist somewhere between the excited beat of the heart and a welled-up tear in the eye. They are the chills that run up the back of the neck and the small smile that can’t be contained when their memory is nudged by a sound, sight, scent, touch.

It’s the way the light was shining through the bridge as the boat pulled away under a sky blue with hope as the sun set and the lump in the throat subsided momentarily. It’s the way the water looked as it rocked the boat gently like a lullaby as it drifted away from the sunlight that poured its light onto the surface of the water.

And it’s the way everything seemed pointless in comparison to the way the clouds gathered over the city: hopeful tufts of smoke emanating from the sun’s extinguishing fire…

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This is a view of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Lower East Side as seen from a boat on the East River during sunset with the Sony A77. In the distance sits the skyline of Brooklyn in Dumbo and the Manhattan Bridge.



You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/49975468158/williamsburg-bridge-and-the-skylines-of-manhattan



Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #williamsburgbridge   #sunset   #landscape   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #bridge   #prose   #writing   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya77  Photo: The Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline

It’s interesting how long exposure photography makes you acutely aware of the environment. This was taken on a cold night as a storm was rolling in. In between stubborn sustained wind gusts as the water from the East River lapped at the edges of Brooklyn Bridge Park gushing over the sides every so often as if to foreshadow what the clouds were hoping to do to the city, I waited for a few eerie moments of unabashed calm.

Shortly after sunset as storm clouds moved in and the increasingly darkening sky turned various shades of purple and blue, there were a few minutes of calm silence. And as the water played nice and the wind decided to run its own marathon elsewhere, 4 seconds were there for the capturing before the skies unleashed their watery exclamations in the form of rain.

This is one of the more popular vantage points for photography of the Brooklyn Bridge. The skyscrapers belong to the Financial District. Prominent structures and buildings include: the Woolworth Building, New York by Gehry (at 8 Spruce Street), One World Trade Center (also known as 1 WTC and/or the Freedom Tower), Pier 17 and the South Street Seaport.



You can view this post with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/47832183894/the-brooklyn-bridge-and-new-york-city-skyline



Taken with the Sony A99.

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #brooklynbridge   #cityscape   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #nyclongexposure   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya99   #skyscrapers   #cityphotography   #city   #nyccityscape   #urbanphotography  Photo: "Light falls..."

I have been on a strange sort of journey lately when it comes to photography. And I have noticed a shift in my vision or rather a slight deepening of meaning that I am seeking when it comes to the imagery I have been consuming and capturing. I have been watching a tremendous amount of documentaries about photography and photographers trying to understand where my own peculiar sort of artistic unrest is originating from. I suspect the angst has to do with a visual tiredness and unease at the overwhelming amount of imagery that seems to be in circulation at any given moment online. I am pondering writing a series of essays on the rise of mass consumption and sharing and how it correlates to various trends in offline photography but the ideas are all still percolating.

A series that really, really touched me though is called Contacts. I devoured all of Contacts: Volume 2 - The Revival of Contemporary Photography and Contacts: Volume 3: Conceptual Photography over the course of two nights. It’s a collection of tiny vignettes that explore different photographer’s contact sheets and/or body of work while they explain or talk about their work. I think I have watched the vignette of Sarah Moon’s work set to her stream-of-consciousness description of her own inward photographic journey over a dozen times at this point (it even ended up on my “Scenes that have stuck to my ribs and heart” playlist on Youtube: http://goo.gl/YnAX4 : the ultimate testament to it becoming a part of my consciousness permanently ;) ).

When I first watched it and listened, I could barely stop the tears from flowing because it was absolutely perfect (and even that would be an understatement):

Contacts vol 2: Sarah Moon

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I had an entirely different set of thoughts I wanted to include with my image of the Williamsburg Bridge (taken with the always awesome Sony A99) but I seem to have veered in a different direction perhaps because all of this has been on my mind for weeks. And that’s fine, now that I think of it, because in some ways, there couldn’t be a more fitting recent image to accompany this post.

“Time goes by. Light falls. I lose confidence. I don’t want to be a photographer anymore…

Then, all of a sudden, but not always, something changes, I can’t say why, maybe I’m just in the right place at the right time, or maybe I believe in it.

However, for a split second, I see a sparkle of beauty passing by, everything goes so quickly now within that stillness, and I’m carried away, and at last I like what I see, and I can’t stop finding it, then losing it, and all day long I keep on, because it once existed.” - Sarah Moon



You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/45957217803/williamsburg-bridge-pedestrian-walkway-new-york



Tags: #photography   #philosophyofphotography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #williamsburgbridge   #blackandwhitephotography  Photo: "All that glitters..."

My recent foray into experimenting with long exposures has been blossoming into a zen journey. I am a solitary shooter by preference. While I thrive on being around people, when I am shooting it’s an almost spiritual experience that I enjoy only when I am alone. The world tends to melt away and my thoughts evaporate into whatever it is I am shooting. I am not sure if it is because my mind runs at around 1000 miles per hour normally and resembles a rushing waterfall of activity that I seek out these types of experiences where I can calm the mental flow into a gentle stream of thoughts but I am finding long exposures to be an absolutely blissful experience.

This is the result of a 20 second exposure taken late last week from Roosevelt Island with the Sony A99. I have been shooting skylines for the past month for a secret project that I can’t talk about until later this month and it’s been interesting viewing the skyline from different vantage points throughout the boroughs. Roosevelt Island is a tiny island that sits in the East River overlooking the Upper East Side and midtown Manhattan. The Chrysler Building is a beacon of white, sparkling lights in a sea of skyscrapers lit by the yellow glow of the lights on the FDR Drive. It’s a rather calm place to visit at this time of year since it’s not quite warm enough for people to take full advantage of the promenade that runs parallel to this amazing view.

The night tends to fall quietly over the lights of Manhattan when viewing the skyline from this vantage point. The only sounds that are prominent are the sound of waves lapping up against the sides of the promenade as the rare boat speeds by. I find it endlessly fascinating how a long exposure can calm even those sounds down visually - smoothing out the water’s surface until the lights seem to melt into the water like liquid stars in a watery universe.



View this post over on my photography blog if you wish here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/45230993585/new-york-city-skyline-and-chrysler-building-view




Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #skyline   #cityscape   #nycskyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #chryslerbuilding   #skyscrapers   #architecture   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya99   #a99  Photo: New York City at night
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Night slides across the sky

like a trumpet’s note falling over a syncopated rhythm

and the stars swoon and sway

mesmerized by the city lights

that pulsate to their own time signature.

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I have been traipsing all over the city for the last few months trying to capture a large majority of New York City’s skyline views. I think everyone has a particular skyline view they immediately think of when they think of the city. And yet, it’s still incredible to me after all this time that I come across different skyline angles that I hadn’t previously come across or had the time to explore before from certain vantage points.

New York City has several prominent skyline views that are popular. One is in lower Manhattan and usually includes the skyscrapers of the Financial District along with the one or more of the bridges that serve the lower part of Manhattan. The other series of skyline views can be found from the top of a few popular skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan. Another series of skyline views involves the midtown Manhattan skyline as seen from different vantage points across (or in some cases directly from) the East River. This particular view is taken from one of the latter vantage points. It’s a 30 second long exposure taken with the Sony A99 on a gorgeously clear and cold night in the beginning of March from Roosevelt Island.

Prominent skyscrapers in this view are the Chrysler Building and the United Nations building (all the way to the left). The lights of other famous midtown skyscrapers can also be seen even if those skyscrapers (looking at you Empire State Building) are hidden in this view. The lights directly in front of the skyscrapers that line the East River belong to the FDR Drive, a major traffic route that lines New York City’s east side.



You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/47665476238/new-york-city-night-skyline-night-slides



Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #skyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #cityscape   #manhattan   #manhattanskyline   #night   #nycnight   #newyorknight   #nightskyline   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya99   #chryslerbuilding   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography  Photo: New York at Night - 59th Street Bridge ---  59th Street Bridge and the New York City skyline at night  --  <b>Camera: Sony a99 | Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 --- You can view this at my photography portfolio here: http://goo.gl/6B2oNPhoto: New York winter night on 5th Avenue

This is one of my favorite scenes from last Friday night’s snowstorm with the Sony A99. Quite a few people asked me how I was able to take photos without having snow and water droplets on my camera lens. It was quite a production actually. As I explained in my initial post, I wrapped my camera lens in plastic and then poked a hole in a plastic bag and threaded the lens through that hole. The rest of the plastic bag went over the camera as a covering. I secured the plastic with a lens hood which came in handy during periods of blowing snow. When I wasn’t taking a photo I would point the camera down lens to the ground so that when snow blew towards me, it would blow and collect on the outside of the lens hood keeping the lens relatively dry and clean. I also had a lens filter on the lens.


This meant that I only had a tiny amount of time to shoot each shot. I shoot in manual mode because it’s a long-standing preference of mine so I already had set up the settings that worked for the majority of shots (I did have to adjust a lot once I got to the Times Square area due to the lighting there). In the event that there was a shot I wanted to go for that was in the direction of blowing snow, I would just quickly take the shot and then scurry towards an awning, scaffolding cover, or dry entrance where I would wipe the lens down with a lens wipe.


I finally got around to putting some of the more popular photos from my winter storm Nemo in NYC set that I took and shared this past weekend during the (non) blizzard in my main portfolio and store here: http://goo.gl/KzVFX . They are scattered throughout the rest of my photos. A number of people asked when I was going to put them up for sale so I have been slowly putting the photos from the set into my portfolio - store. I actually have more photos that I haven’t even touched from that night that I hope to go through in the next few weeks and eventually share.


I really didn’t expect the response I got for the photo set over on Flickr! Over the weekend, my Flickr was viewed 175,000 times and the winter storm Nemo photoset (in its entirety: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivnsect/sets/72157632721986487/with/8458550082/ ) has been viewed nearly 30,000 times (with each photo being viewed anywhere from 900 to over 4000 times). On G+, the main photo that I shared has been viewed 189,000 times. Craziness! Thanks all for all of the awesome messages, comments, shares and love for New York City in the snow :).

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #nycphotography   #newyorkcityphotography   #snow   #winter   #winterwonderland   #nycwinter   #nycsnow   #nemo   #blizzard   #nycblizzard   #newyorksnow   #newyorkwinter   #manhattansnow   #manhattanwinter   #sony   #a99   #sonyphotographers  Photo: New York City - Skyline Sunset

There is something really extraordinary about the shift between day and night in New York City. It’s gradual and at the same time abrupt in its magnitude. The lights on the skyscrapers flicker on as the night sky pulls itself over the city while the sun is still dancing with the horizon. I love this time more than I love the moments when the sun disappears for the night.

It’s this sort of in-between time that seems to suit a city full of people who feed off the frenetic energy and constant shifts that occur on a momentary basis. New York City rarely dwells in absolutes. Its landscape and structures only seem to remain still.

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This is a 20 second long exposure taken with the Sony a99 from the highest desk on the Top of the Rock (also known as 30 Rock and the top of Rockefeller Center). The skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan sit in the foreground leading up to the Empire State Building and further in the distance sits the Freedom Tower and lower Manhattan.



You can view this post along with all relevant links (including information about how to purchase this image as a print) over at my photography blog here:

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #architecture   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #empirestatebuilding   #skyscrapers   #skyscraperphotography   #sunset   #urbanlandscape   #sony   #sonya99   #a99   #sonyphotographers   #sonyfullframe  Photo: New York Winter - Snowy night on 42nd Street


New York City resembles a snow-globe when snow first falls.

As the snow swirls, the trees reach over the city streets as if they are trying to catch snowflakes with their bare, graceful branches.

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This was taken at night during a winter storm in New York City that dropped enough snow to turn the city into a winter wonderland momentarily. This is the area on 42nd Street next to Bryant Park across from the Grace Building which can be seen partially on the left-hand side of the image.

It’s one of my favorite spots to snow-gaze at night.



Taken with the Sony A99.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #blackandwhite   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #a99   #manhattan   #snowysaturday   #snow   #winter   #nycwinter   #nycsnow  Photo: "Urban fairy tales..."

Unexpected magic is some of the best kind of magic especially when it is found in the most unlikely of places.

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Spent an afternoon yesterday walking around Bay Ridge, Brooklyn while the temperatures dipped lower and lower (it’s been a brisk springtime here in New York City). And as the sun crept closer to the horizon, I came across a tiny opening near an overpass, next to a parkway where this gorgeous, fairy tale scene appeared just around the bend.

Sometimes there is nothing than better…

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #mobilephotography   #cherryblossoms   #spring   #springtime   #newyorkspring   #brooklyn   #nycspring   #bayridge   #iphonography   #squareformat   #iphoneography   #nycmobilephotography   #instagramPhoto: New York City streets and skyscrapers - from above

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When you find yourself above New York City (or perhaps any city), what really stands out are all of the layers of activity. It’s hard to completely grasp the layers when you are among them everyday. But when you change your perspective, it really shifts your understanding of the complexities of urban life.

This is a view of the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, 59th Street Bridge, and Queens Bridge) and the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan close to 59th Street on the east side. It was taken with the Sony A99 from the vantage point of the Roosevelt Island Tram, a tram that crosses over the East River from midtown Manhattan to Roosevelt Island a around 100 times a day.

Aside from the cross-section of a part of the midtown Manhattan skyline, you can also make out the pedestrian walkway of the bridge which runs alongside the busy traffic-laden vehicular section of the bridge. Above the traffic and pedestrians is the beginnings of the grand architecture that makes up the bridge itself and midtown streets and traffic snake their way through the city below the bridge.

The variety of architecture in this area of midtown is also striking when viewed from above. The lower-slung buildings sit alongside newer skyscrapers of varying heights and structure. It would be interesting to take this section and label each building according to its completion date to note the ever-evolving skyline throughout the years in relation to the bridge.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #newyorkphoto   #newyorkphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #skyscrapers   #cityscape   #skyline   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #sonya99   #citylife   #rooseveltislandtram  Photo: "New York City skyscrapers from above..."

This New York City skyline image was taken from the top of the Empire State Building on an absolutely gorgeous summer morning with the Sony A77. The light from the sun in the summertime is unmatched in some respects. It seems to take on a distinct golden quality as it shines through the heavy summer air that hangs languidly over the city’s rooftops.

This particular view is of the tops of the skyscrapers and buildings of midtown Manhattan facing east.

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #nycphotography   #nycphoto   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphoto   #skyline   #cityscape   #nycskyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #manhattan   #skyscrapers   #nycskyscrapers   #rooftops   #architecture  Photo: "From darkness into light..."

I had a recurring dream when I was younger that puzzled me for years. It involved boarding a hovering bubble shaped vehicle and ascending over the skyscrapers until I was soaring under the bridges and through the cavern-like spaces of the city. It was euphoric but also terrifying at the same time. When I was older, I finally relayed the dream to someone and they laughed and asked if I had ever taken the Roosevelt Island tram when I was very young. I had no recollection of it. It prompted me to ask my mother if we had ever done such a thing and she said it was possible but she couldn't remember a specific time that we would have done it (my mother, like me, is absolutely terrified of heights). It’s possible that my family took the tram to Roosevelt Island at some point and the experience embedded itself deep into my imagination where it mixed with other flights of fancy (pun intended) of flying through a Gotham-like city like Batman.

So, when I found myself photographing the underbelly of the 59th Street Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge or just the Queensboro Bridge) with the Sony A99 late last week, it was hard not to recall those earlier dreams and feelings they invoked while I stood there waiting for the long exposure to capture 30 seconds of what had haunted me for years.

The bridge is one of my favorite ones in the city. Its architecture is distinctive when viewed from the side but I absolutely love how slick and dripping-with-sci-fi-overtones it appears when viewed from below. The bridge travels from darkness into the light of a gleaming New York City as the water below it only stirs with the occasional disruption of a boat. You can also make out the cables that the Roosevelt Island tram travels on to the right of the bridge.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #longexposurethursday   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #59thstreetbridge   #queensborobridge   #architecture   #blackandwhite   #cityscape   #skyline   #nycskyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #a99   #sony   #sonyphotographers  Photo: New York City - Sunset

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I never really get tired of this view.

I know I have expressed that sentiment many times but it’s absolutely true. There’s something incredibly breathtaking that occurs when you are above the rooftops of the city. It’s as if the city shrinks below a vast sky in a huge universe and everything that once seemed impossible seems effortless and within the realm of possibility.

It’s so easy to forget that sort of thing when you live in a large city like New York City. When you are in the thick of it all, it can feel like the you are alone in a never-ending maze of cavernous streets as everyone else’s dreams and hopes fly past you at the speed of light. But when you take yourself out from the middle of everything and change your perspective, it’s as if the city holds its arms out to you beckoning you to come back and put your own dreams out there so they can spread their wings and fly up to the sky towards the horizon leaving a trail of hope in their path.

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This was taken from the top of Rockefeller Center (also known as Top of the Rock) with the Sony A99. It’s probably one of the most popular views of the New York City skyline since it includes the Empire State Building and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. The view is looking south towards One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower and 1 WTC) and the skyscrapers of the Financial District.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #empirestatebuilding   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #skyline   #cityscape   #nycskyline   #newyorkskyline   #architecture   #skyscrapers   #sunset   #sunsetsaturday   #sony   #sonyphotographers   #a99   #sonya99  Photo: "Fireflies..."

If you stop to squint long enough

all the dreams whispered on the wind during the day

flicker like fireflies when the evening

stretches out across the sky

and the rain washes the city’s despair away

so it can dream itself into another sunrise.

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This was taken on earlier this evening overlooking the New York City skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn. I was taking long exposures earlier this evening and as the sky filled with enormous clouds shortly after sunset as the city’s lights sprinkled themselves like glitter all over the evening cityscape and it was as if everything else melted away.

These are the moments I want to bottle up and save for later. And that’s why I absolutely love photography.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #bokeh   #bokehwednesday   #brooklynbridge   #night   #nycnight   #citynight   #cityscape   #urban  Photo: "Snow-globe..." (snow wishes for New York City)

There is something undeniably magical that occurs as the snow falls

swirling and twirling in the air

until it hits the ground heavy with the weight of a thousand promises:

exultations and dreams held close to the earth

in the stillness between wintry pauses

as the city lays in wait

like a snow-globe resting between giddy shakes of joy.

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Bow Bridge is one of Central Park’s most iconic structures. It was built between 1859 and 1862 and is shaped like an archer’s bow. This particular image was taken during a snowstorm in Central Park, New York City. Bow Bridge sits covered by a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow as the buildings that line Central Park West sit in the distance just past the snow-laden trees.

I am a bit giddy because it appears that New York City may actually get some snow tomorrow. I read this highly entertaining piece of writing by Andy Newman in the NY Times earlier: “Tomorrow, It Will Snow, Perfectly” (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/tomorrow-it-will-snow-perfectly/?ref=nyregion) which had me at hello with its opening paragraph:

“The ideal city snowstorm, meteorological Platonists say, blankets the landscape without burying it, beautifies but does not burden, transforms and cocoons without paralyzing or even particularly inconveniencing.”

Of course, I always feel a bit like Winona Ryder in one of the best scenes from Edward Scissorhands (the music from that scene = awesome): (Edward scissorhands in the snow scene) during the first real snow of the winter season here.

Here’s hoping! :)



P.S. Edited to add that yes, this is the same bridge that Dr. Who ran over in the Angels take Manhattan episode. Thanks for reminding me +Mike Wood !




You can view this post with all relevant links including where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #centralpark   #winter   #snow   #snowysaturday   #centralparksnow   #nycsnow   #newyorksnow   #snowstormnyc   #snownyc2012   #centralparkwinter   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter   #bowbridge   #snowybridge   #landscape   #winterlandscape   #poetry   #drwho  Photo: "Hazy promises..."

Late summer light

hangs over the city:

humid-laden heartache

tinged with heavy hope

and hazy promises.

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Where the winter brings a crystal sharp clarity to New York City, the summer seems to bring with it a gorgeous, bittersweet gauze-like haze.

Summers in New York City cling to the ribs and heart like ethereal remnants of distant thoughts peeking their heads out of the sea of heat and humidity.



Taken with the Sony A77.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattanskyline   #skyline   #cityscape   #skyscrapers   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #chryslerbuilding  Photo: "Whisper..."

You exist, this I am sure of with only slightly wavering certainty that vibrates with nothing but the tiny memory of a breeze.

You, a whisper in the night on lips that mouth your name swollen with hope.

You, a whisper that launches forth dreams on the backs of my eyelids.

And I exist too, this I am sure of with quivering certainty that holds steady in the presence of the strongest of wind gusts.

I, the whisper your lips haven’t yet come across.

I, the branch that sways in the warm embrace of possibility.

I, the whisper that dances delicately in the night.



New York Photography: White cherry blossoms. Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #cherryblossoms   #spring   #springtime   #springtimeflowers   #whitecherryblossoms   #cherrytree   #springfevertuesday   #nyc   #newyorkphoto   #centralparkspring   #newyorkspring   #nycspring   #springtimenewyork  Photo: "Under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown..."
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When winter shifts into spring, the light shifts too.

Stark, short afternoons that end too abruptly morph into vivid, warm afternoons that linger until the sky relents.

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This was taken on a stark, short afternoon that was only mildly flirting with spring a week or so ago before the city erupted into full-on springtime mode.

This is one of my favorite parts of Chinatown: under the Manhattan Bridge.

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #chinatown   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #twobridges   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography  Photo: "Overview..."

I have been afraid of heights since I can remember. Even stepping on a tall foot stool would send me into a frenzied panic. It’s partially a control issue and partially an irrational fear of the eternal “what if” quandary related to my own mortality. And yet, I have discovered as I get older that there is something supremely thrilling about being high up above things especially being high up above New York City. It’s the same scattered sense of adrenaline-fueled excitement I get when I consider the vastness of the ocean. And in some ways, I think both vantage points offer the same sense of displaced wonder.

A month or so ago, I watched an absolutely incredible video called Overview which examined something called the Overview Effect. The Overview Effect is “a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.” I can’t recommend the video highly enough. It’s a 15 minute short film that explores different astronaut’s life-altering experiences viewing the earth from above for the first time. The footage of earth from above in the film is overwhelming. It’s an emotional journey of a film that definitely has lodged its way into my consciousness. Here it is:

http://vimeo.com/55073825

A few years back, when I went to the top of a skyscraper I had never been to the top of before, I had such an incredibly visceral reaction when I experienced seeing the city from above. It was rough for me to even take the elevator up 70 floors to the observation deck. I clenched my sweaty fists and closed my eyes the whole time deep breathing probably much to the amusement (or dread) of the fellow elevator passengers. Once I stepped out and onto the upper deck, I was hooked. It was as if I was seeing the city for the first time. Once you take yourself out and away from the streets that surround you, it’s as if the city opens up its arms to you. It’s fascinating to consider all of the activity and stories that are contained in any one part of such a view.

In the short film I linked above, one of the astronauts describes the Overview Effect saying that common features include a feeling of awe for the planet, and a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life among other perspective-shifting feelings. And I really think that anytime we take ourselves high above or deep below the reality we experience every day, it produces different (subtler when it comes to standing on the top of a skyscraper and perhaps more overwhelming in regards to being deep in the ocean) versions of the Overview Effect.

Since experiencing that amazing feeling when I pushed past my fear of heights to take myself high above my own every-day reality, I have actively pushed myself to seek out as many high vantage points as I can. This particular image (taken with the Sony A99) was taken high above the 59th Street Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge) entrance overlooking the buildings and skyscrapers that make up the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan.


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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #manhattan   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitenewyorkcity   #blackandwhitephotography   #midtownmanhattan   #cityscape   #cityphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #skyline   #nyccityscape   #sony   #sonya99   #a99  Photo: Manhattan Skyscrapers of the Financial District ---- Camera: Sony a77 | Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5 - F6.3 ---  You can view this photo at my portfolio here: http://goo.gl/FqRJ9Photo: "Some of us..."

With layers of dirt and paint under our nails from constantly peeling back the layers of this city, it’s not the stars we seek.

It’s the light that seeps through…



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphoto   #brooklyn   #williamsburg   #subwayoverpass   #urbandecay   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #light   #sun   #poetry   #prose  Photo: "Wrapped up in their own special moment..."

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.



New York Photography: The Chrysler Building and the New York City skyline.



You can view this post along with information on where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #chryslerbuilding   #architecture   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattanskyline   #skyscrapers   #queens   #landscape   #urban   #city   #cityscape  Photo: The New York City Skyline and Central Park from above during sunset

Summer evenings are when the city smolders

as the sun paints the clouds

and the night sky waits just another hour longer

to dance with the last remnants of the day.


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This is a view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan and Central Park from above looking north towards upper Manhattan. I took this at the end of August on a gorgeous, sweltering evening. I made it up to the top deck of Top of the Rock (30 Rock) just as this spectacular sunset was making its way across the sky.

It’s hard not to feel overcome with emotion when the summer sky puts on one of its late summer sunset shows. When it happens, the city is bathed in an other-worldly glow as the lights in the buildings twinkle on like stars and the sky and the impossible all seem to melt away into an infinite horizon full of endless possibility.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #nycphotography   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphoto   #centralparkphoto   #architecture   #landscape   #cityscape   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattanskyline   #city   #skyscrapers   #nycfromabove   #saturdayinspiration  Photo: New York City Skyline and the roof tops of Brooklyn Heights at sunset

Summer evenings in New York City weave their own spell when summer night skies slide onto the city through the sticky-sweet haze.

The skyscrapers cling to the sunlight wrapped up in the glow and hazy anticipation of just one more kiss of light.

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This was taken at the peak of last summer from a skyscraper balcony in Brooklyn over looking the skyline of Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Bridge and a very hazy lower Manhattan skyline. I was shooting with a camera I wasn’t at all used to shooting with and the temperature was hovering near 80 degrees at night with nearly 100% humidity. The air was thick as molasses and the heat was unrelenting but it was an absolutely gorgeous summer sunset.

It’s usually this point of the winter when I start pining for summer evenings like this forgetting that on summer evenings like this, I am usually pining for winter :).



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphoto   #nycphoto   #nycphotography   #sunset   #landscape   #cityphotography   #cityscape   #brooklyn   #brooklynbridge   #nycrooftops   #newyorkrooftops   #skyscrapers   #newyorksunset   #nycsunset  Photo: "In time..."

New York City changes and evolves at a rapid pace. In certain areas, changes occur faster than others. Lower Manhattan is one place that has changed the most in the last decade. Development happens fast and the current trends are extremely tall buildings constructed mostly of glass, chain stores and luxury boutiques. In neighborhoods that were once bohemian and home to artists and rebels, these current changes have been hard to swallow for long-time residents who run the risk of being out-priced out of the neighborhoods they have called home for decades.

Despite these changes, there are still parts of lower Manhattan that recall earlier decades. New York City suffered economically in the 1970s and it was during this decade that much of lower Manhattan was transformed into a danger zone full of abandoned lots and buildings and rampant crime. Having grown up in New York City in the 1980s and early 1990s, I have vivid memories of riding graffiti-covered trains from Queens into Manhattan. I was taught to ‘watch my back’ at all times since everyone seemed to know someone who had been mugged. Things were still different in those days prior to the initiatives by mayors Koch and Guiliani to ‘clean up’ the city (and discourse is still rampant regarding how they handled it).

When I came across this section of Canal Street initially, my heart almost leaped out of my chest. Here I was staring at a section of a spot in Chinatown that seemed as if it had been dipped in 1980s New York City and had become frozen in time (thankfully I had my camera). It’s hard to put into words how powerful this scene is for personally. It’s a bit like staring at something that once existed in a distant life.

A city may change rapidly discarding pieces of itself, but it’s the people who carry it’s broken pieces with them in their hearts who imbue the city with its memory.

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I also wanted to share a bit of current news regarding this image. A client contacted me a few weeks back regarding setting up a contract to use this photo as a full wall mural in their upcoming restaurant in the UK. Super excited to see how it turns out. I have seen the mock-ups and I can’t wait to see it when it is finished.



New York photography: Urban decay and graffiti on storefronts in Chinatown.



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Late summer and early autumn sunsets in New York City are intensely beautiful. The city seems to cling to every bit of sunlight through a haze that sleepily hangs low over the urban waterfront. This was taken near the end of a four hour long ferry ride back and forth around the East River in the late summer. There were barely any people on the ferry that day and I spent entire rides just taking note of the sun’s descent in the sky.

When this moment occurred, it was so brief and fleeting and yet so dramatic in its intensity as the sun dipped towards the midtown skyline grazing the skyscrapers that I barely even knew if I captured it properly since the waves were kicking up in the river and the boat was swaying up and down over the waves. By then, I had gotten my ‘sea legs’ and knew the exact way to stand and counter the movement with my camera in my hands.

And the sun-kissed skyline drifted away from view and descended into the twilight of evening.



New York Photography: The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan at sunset.



Taken with the Sony A77.



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Stolen moments are the sweetest moments.

When the rest of the city has escaped for the day, the world melts away with a lingering kiss under an umbrella.



It’s really no secret that Doyers Street is one of my favorite streets in lower Manhattan. It’s an alley (or very narrow street) that is usually photographed from an entirely different angle. In fact, the fact that it has a sharp angle in it goes along with its colorful history. Its angle was known as “the Bloody Angle” for part of the 20th century due to gang violence.

This is just around the bend from the more popular part of the angle and also across from one of my favorite noodle shops in Chinatown. I love moments like this that are so completely candid but somehow feel cinematic. I had just walked out from the above-mentioned noodle shop when I was met with this scene. It was too perfect to not quickly capture, of course.

To all who celebrate Valentine’s Day and to all who do not celebrate - I wish you romantic moments like this one. ♥



Taken with the Sony A55.



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I think back to days spent wrapped in the cold silence of freshly fallen snow in Central Park.

The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace.

It’s on days like this when the sun rests longer than usual and winter’s essence seeps through every crack and crevice that the earth quivers a ghost shiver that rests in summer’s memory.

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The rustic wooden fence rests on a four acre section of Central Park known as the Shakespeare Garden which is located in the west part of the park near 79th Street. On the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1916, this area was dedicated to Shakespeare and named. The plants and flowers that are found in this area are all mentioned in the works of the playwright and are also plants and flowers that are found in his garden in Starford-upon-Avon. There is even a white mulberry tree on this four acre plot of land that is said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in the 1600s.

While the paths that winds through Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden is gorgeous in the warmer months of the year, it’s absolutely stunning when snow has freshly fallen.

This photo was taken during one of the last major snowstorms (a blizzard) in New York City back in 2011. We haven’t seen snow like this, in this magnitude, since then. I have been going through my photos from the two blizzards we experienced that winter season wondering if we will ever see snow like this again. Who knows?



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #centralparkwinter   #centralparkphotography   #winter   #winterwednesday   #winterlandscape   #snow   #centralparksnow   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter   #nycsnow   #newyorksnow   #winterpath   #trees   #writing   #prose  Photo: The New York City Skyline at Sunset - Lower Manhattan ---  You can purchase prints of this image here: http://goo.gl/iW6gHPhoto: The New York City skyline and the Empire State Building

When the night pulls its cobalt blanket over the city
the lights flicker like stars
in a magnificent universe.
And the world pauses
for a minute or two
enthralled in a reciprocal gaze
of epic proportion.
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The hour right after the sun dips below the horizon is one of the most enchanting hours of the day. It’s not quite day and not quite night but it’s a blended mixture of the two. There is no better place to witness this transformation in New York City than 70 stories up in the air on the observation deck of Rockefeller Center (known colloquially as Top of the Rock). After feeling the elation that comes with watching the sun set over the city, all of the city’s lights come into view twinkling little by little until they all seem to build up to the most intense crescendo of illuminated splendor.

This view is looking south towards lower Manhattan past the Empire State Building. I took this photo last night bundled up in layers of winter gear since the temperatures have been rather arctic here in New York City as of late. I wanted to take the Sony a99 up to capture this time of day specifically. This is the result of a 30 second exposure completed by placing my camera on one of the ledges (while tethered to a very, very still me with gloved hands in pockets barely breathing for fear of moving the camera/camera strap). The Top of the Rock and Empire State Building are rather strict about their no tripod policy. Sometimes you can catch a kind security guard who doesn’t mind a gorilla pod but for the most part, you have to get creative if you want to take super long exposures. In this case, since it was so ridiculously cold, there weren’t many people on the deck and I staked out my ledge during the pre-sunset time period (the sunset was stunning!) taking photos while waiting for this particular moment.

There is a special clarity that comes with this time of year. While this spot is a popular vantage point in the summer, there is also a lot less visibility due to the thick summer haze that hangs over the city in the warmer months. In the dead of winter though, it’s crystal clear if you catch a clear day (another rarity!).

Locations of interest in this shot include: The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower or 1 WTC, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Bridge, the New York Life building (one of the buildings with a gold top), Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower.

 

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In the winter, there is a clarity and edge that is carried on the frigid fingers of icy air and crystallized exhales.

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I have been really getting into long exposures. There is something incredibly zen about the experience of setting up, and taking long exposures. The waiting is interesting. It forces a pause in the process. You start to be hyper-aware of the movement of clouds and light transitions. In the winter especially, it’s a commitment. The minute or so of waiting seems to encompass an eternity of thought(s).
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This is a 30 second exposure of the lower Manhattan skyline featuring the skyscrapers of the Financial District and Pier 17 taken with the Sony a99. The Freedom Tower (also known as 1 WTC or One World Trade Center), New York by Gehry, the Woolworth Building and the spire of the Municipal Building can all be seen here.



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These are the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan from above as seen from the top of Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock). Looking out over these time and weather-worn buildings, it’s almost incredible to think of the sheer amount of activity occurring behind each tiny-eyed window at any given time.

This is a scene that peaks in the teasing warmth of winter sunlight as the sun dips towards the horizon in the late afternoon. With rooftops covered with a light glaze of snow and with sultry exhales of smoke billowing out into the late afternoon sunlight, the city basks momentarily in distant memories of summer.

When I was younger, I used to imagine how incredible it would be to fly through the city like Batman. I would close my eyes and imagine dipping into the dark,narrow valleys created by tall skyscraper peaks. I would ascend up past the multitudes of water towers to distant rooftops where I would bide my time while seeking out other routes to glide through (in my imagination Batman took quite a few joyrides through the city during his off-time!).

I still like to imagine these things. It’s probably why I love views that take me above the hustle and bustle of the city. There is a peace that seems to come with viewing the cityscape from above.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #cityscape   #urbanlandscape   #city   #urban   #architecture   #nycarchitecture   #rooftops   #nycrooftops   #newyorkcityrooftops   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter  Photo: "Intoxicating..."

Late summer sunsets over New York City are the most intoxicating.

The bubbles from the wake of boats in the river go right to the head.

And the sun’s trail of gold kisses on the water

lead straight to the heart of the city.

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It’s this time of year when I start to miss late summer sunsets like this in New York City. This was taken near the end of this past September with the Sony a77 and Zeiss DT Vario-Sonnar 16-80mm lens (that lens, that lens! is pure love).

When I need to clear my mind, I head to the water. Sometimes I go to the beach to listen to the waves and sometimes I go to the river to gain perspective on everything going on in my life. I don’t know what I would do if I lived in a land-locked area.

On the day that I took this photo, I rode the East River Ferry for 4 hours straight (the day-pass is incredible) watching the light stretch across the sky and cityscape changing subtly every hour until the sun burst over the city like a supernova. The waves were perfect that day.

The East River Ferry stops in both Manhattan and Brooklyn going from 34th Street in midtown, down to Wall Street’s Pier 11, passing under each of lower Manhattan’s bridges and then across to stops in Brooklyn and Queens connecting at piers in DUMBO, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Long Island City.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #sunset   #sunsetsaturday   #city   #cityscape   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattan   #manhattanskyline   #brooklynbridge   #manhattanbridge   #brooklyn   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #prose   #fridaygetaway   #eastriverferry   #sunsetskyline  Photo: "Snow-icing..."

Soho is so beautiful in the snow especially right after snow has freshly fallen and still sits like icing on the fire escapes and street signs.

This part of Soho is part of the Soho Cast Iron District which consists of 500 buildings that feature distinct cast-iron architecture spanning over a 26 block radius. Many of the buildings date back to the 1870s when the area was primarily residential. However, most of the residences during the later part of the 20th century were converted for commercial use which allowed Soho to play an integral role in the commercial development of New York City.

This is a view looking north up Mercer Street in Soho towards midtown. The Chrysler Building can be seen in the distance. The snow-covered sign on the left belongs to Fanelli’s Cafe which has stood in this spot since the 1850s.

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This was taken during one of the last huge snowstorms we had in New York City back during the winter season of 2010-2011 with my Panasonic FZ-35 (loved that camera!). I have been pining away wishing for snow like this since we really haven’t gotten snow in a major way here in NYC since that winter season. Photos like this one will just have to suffice, I guess :)



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #winter   #winterwednesday   #snow   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #manhattanwinter   #newyorksnow   #nycsnow   #soho   #fireescapes   #streetphotography  Photo: "Back in time..."

Something I absolutely love about New York City is that tucked away between the towering monuments of modernity that populate the cityscape are streets that look as if they have been transported from another era and geographic location entirely. These streets are suspended in time like flies in amber.

This area is known as the Stone Street historic district in lower Manhattan. Bound by Stone Street, Pearl Street, and South William Streets and Mill Lane, it is a section that is unlike any of its surrounding blocks. This particular section is bound by South William street and 13-15 South William Street can be seen in this particular view. Around the block from this part of the area are other historic buildings and the Stone Street area ‘proper’.

In 1903, the architect C.P.H. Gilbert designed new street facades on the buildings in this section of South William Street (57 Stone Street on the other side). Gilbert’s neo-Dutch Renaissance architecture features structural details like stepped gables and strapwork and was a nod to the early settlement of Manhattan.

This area which dates back to the 1600s when New York City was first colonized by Dutch settlers was sadly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1835. The surrounding section of Stone Street was rebuilt with granite bases of post-and-lintel construction and upper-additions of brick which were specifically erected for importers and merchants.



New York Photography: Stone Street historic district. South William Street.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #manhattan   #financialdistrict   #stonestreet   #southwilliamstreet   #oldnewyork   #history   #historicnyc   #historicnewyork   #architecture   #city   #cityscape   #cityphotography  Photo: "The sun's glow..."

When the sun sets in the winter, its light pours over the city like the glow from a distant bonfire with scattered light illuminating the grey, steel edges like embers strewn about in the wind.



I took this image yesterday with the Sony a99 while walking over the Williamsburg Bridge. The Williamsburg Bridge is a favorite of mine in lower Manhattan. It tends to be overshadowed by the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge when it comes to popularity. This is probably because its pedestrian walkway is completely enclosed by a metal gate and because it isn't in super close proximity to the other two bridges (although one could argue that the pedestrian entrances to all three bridges are in walking distance to each other).

However, it definitely lives up to its National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark status. Its architecture is incredible and the views of the New York City skyline and Brooklyn that can be glimpsed from either walkway are stunning. 



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Birds have a synchronous relationship with the city.

They fly with such brazen freedom through the man-made caverns soaring above the frenetic flow of the city below.



New York Photography: midtown skyscrapers and a bird on a cloudy day.



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When the days concede to night in the winter, there is a certain comfort in the glow of neon city lights.

This particular view is of St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. The giant cow on the right belongs to the restaurant Mark (“We grind our own beef”) and the colorful neon signs belong to Andromeda - a tattoo and piercing establishment that merged with the West Village’s Cassioppia a few years back.

The sign that is partially concealed on the left under the tree branches (with shoes hanging off of them!) is Rockit Scientist Records which was a great records store that dated back to the mid 1990s when the East Village was home to far more records stores and had a more eclectic vibe.

There is a coldness to neon that is eclipsed by a peculiar sort of warmth when the windchill dips into the single digits. It’s a sign of life. People tend to huddle under the glow of the lights in the winter with a frequency that isn’t seen as much in warmer months as if they are city moths drawn to the glowing promise of warmth.




Since people have asked, I am going to include the camera/lens combos I used for each photo on this blog from this point on (or at least I will try!). This was taken with the Sony a99 and my 35mm lens.



New York Photography: St. Mark's Place at night. East Village.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #eastvillage   #night   #nightphotography   #streetphotography   #city   #cityscape   #urban   #cityphotography   #nycnight   #neon   #neonsigns  Photo: "Mist from the fog of millions of thoughts..."

At night, as the street lights guide urban wanderers home under a blanket of darkness,

the mist from the fog of millions of thoughts exhales at once into a sky heavy with dreams.

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This is a view looking down Rivington Street towards Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side in lower Manhattan. The building in the foreground with the colorful street art and graffiti is ABC No Rio, a center for art and activism that has been in this neighborhood since 1980.

This was taken with the Sony a99. It feels great to capture night scenes with this camera since it performs really well in low-light. During winter here in New York City, the nights seem endless so it’s nice to be able to capture what I experience and see on a daily basis after the sun goes down .



New York Photography: Rivington Street, Lower East Side at night.



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Summer's memories sit suspended like words caught in the throat of winter: stifled, muffled utterances barely able to escape in the form of speech.

But in the wide open expanse of dreams, words take flight as summer's memories break through the shards of branches conjuring up the outline of buildings and cityscapes on the condensation of winter's frozen breath.



New York Photography: Central Park west seen through snow-covered trees

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #manhattan   #centralpark   #winter   #centralparkwinter   #snow   #centralparksnow   #newyorksnow   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter   #winterlandscape   #landscape   #poetry   #prose   #sanremo  Photo: "Central Park in the winter..."

I love heavy snowfall and I found myself braving the super high wind gusts to wander around a mostly empty Central park during one particularly rambunctious blizzard. I don’t really recommend it and thinking back, it was a bit risky considering that the wind gusts were around 55 mph and higher. Wind gusts and trees don’t make for the safest of combinations. However, I have never seen Central Park in such a serene state.

The only people who were in the park that day were small amounts of people who lived in the surrounding neighborhoods, brave tourists and intrepid photographers with giddy expressions on their faces. I could probably count on both hands the number of people I encountered and I ended up covering most of the park on foot that day (I was never so happy to get home and drink hot chocolate that evening).

This part of Central Park is known as The Poet’s Walk or Literary Walk. The reason why this part of the park is known as Poet’s Walk and/or Literary Walk is because at the very end of this section, several statues of famous writers line the path. It’s at the southern end of a section called The Mall.

The Mall is only straight line in Central Park and the trees that line it are its crowning and most distinctive feature. They are American elm trees and are the largest and last remaining stands in all of North America. Over the years, other large grouping of American Elm trees have been destroyed by Dutch Elm disease but Central Park’s conservancy has saved a majority of the remaining trees in the park despite losing around 40 trees in the last few years to this contagious fungus. The recent Hurricane (Superstorm Sandy) also directly impacted the amount of elm trees in Central Park in a negative way.

The Poet’s Walk is one of my favorite spots in the autumn and winter because the trees look their most graceful and beautiful during these seasons. The leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow in the autumn and the elegant branches seem to reach out to each other when covered by freshly fallen snow in the winter.

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New York Photography: Central Park's Poet's Walk in the snow.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #centralpark   #centralparkwinter   #newyorkwinter   #winter   #nycwinter   #centralparksnow   #snow   #snowyphotography   #nycsnow   #newyorksnow   #centralparkmall   #centralparkliterarywalk   #poetswalkcentralpark   #elmtrees   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #winterlandscape   #manhattanwinter   #manhattansnow  Photo: "Peace..."

The silence that engulfs the world after a snowfall is deafening.

All heartbeats, all footsteps, all meandering thoughts and evocations are wrapped in a heavy blanket of snow.

Trees cease reaching for the sky, weighed down by the weight of the sky’s tears of joy and there is scarcely a breath to be heard.

Winter muffles the earth silencing it’s yearnings,

and all at once there is peace.

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The definitive crown jewel of Central Park, Angel of the Waters is one of the most famous and universally loved fountains in the world. Also known as Bethesda Fountain, it was designed by Emma Stebbins.

This particular photo of a snow-covered Central Park was taken during a break in a bitter blizzard that hit New York City a few winters ago. The snowstorm dropped a few feet of snow on the city covering the trees and iconic sights in Central Park in a gorgeous coating of icy beauty.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #winter   #snow   #centralparkwinter   #centralparksnow   #newyorkwinter   #newyorksnow   #manhattan   #manhattanwinter   #poetry   #prose   #angelofthewaters   #bethesdafountain   #angel  Photo: "Night in New York City..."

At night after the multitudes have retreated to their homes away from the buildings and streets that hold them close during the day the city relaxes shaking the dust of the long day from its concrete limbs.

The street lights flicker like dream-heavy blinks of an eye while smokestacks exhale world-weary breaths of smoke into the yawning night air.



New York Photography: Financial District street at night with a smoke stack.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #manhattan   #night   #nightphotography   #newyorknight   #nycnight   #citynight   #city   #cityphotography   #urban   #urbanphotography   #street   #streetphotography   #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography   #noir   #noiretblanc   #noirnyc   #newyorknoir   #citynoir   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #smoke   #poetry   #prose  Photo: Pretty excited to announce this!

I am now officially working for Camera+ (http://campl.us/).

Everyone who reads my blog regularly probably knows that I love using Camera+ for my mobile photography needs. So, to be able to directly work with Camera+ is a dream come true. I did a project for them a few months back and was hired officially this past week.

While I technically work for Tap Tap Tap, the company that produces Camera+ and a variety of other great apps, I am mainly doing support for Camera+ and have been working hard to compile and grow an ever-expanding knowledge base as well.

Good times!

And, of course, to accompany this announcement, I am sharing one of my favorite photos I have taken and edited with Camera+ of the New York City skyline. Seems appropriate :).



New York Photography: Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers from above.



You can view this post with all relevant links over at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/37841769845/new-york-city-skyline-skyscrapers-on-a-hazy-day

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #city   #cityphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattanskyline   #skyscrapers   #chryslerbuilding   #cityscape   #cityscapephotography   #mobilephotography   #mobilography   #iphoneography   #iphonography   #phonephotography  Photo: "Autumn's last gasps..."

Late autumn in New York City has its own brisk beauty. Cold air sharply punctuates the end of every wind gust and the sun retreats earlier and earlier every day. Autumn clings to December in the brief moments before the trees drop their leaves to the ground for good and every afternoon sunset reaches through the sharp cold with its lighted fingers in one last dramatic attempt to bring warmth to the city.

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This particular view is of the Flatiron Building, one of New York City’s unique and classic skyscrapers, as seen from inside Madison Square Park during autumn.



New York Photography: Flatiron Building sunset in autumn. Madison Square Park.


You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image here at my site:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/37114996814/flatiron-building-sunset-autumn-madison-square

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #manhattan   #autumn   #landscape   #fall   #fallcolors   #mobilephotography   #nycmobilephotography   #flatironbuilding   #sunset   #nycsunset   #newyorksunset   #newyorkautumn   #nycautumn   #manhattanautumn   #madisonsquarepark  Photo: "Juxtaposition..."

This is a favorite view of the Chrysler Building. In truth, the Chrysler Building is my favorite skyscraper in New York City. I have always loved the art-deco architecture of it’s spire and how its needle pokes out above the other skyscrapers that populate the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan.

This particular view is looking west towards Manhattan and sitting in the foreground are the skyscrapers of Tudor City: neo-gothic historic buildings that lay their claim to fame for being part of the first residential skyscraper complex in the entire world.



New York Photography: The Chrysler Building and Tudor City skyline.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/36813904311/the-chrysler-building-and-new-york-city-skyline

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nyc   #manhattan   #chryslerbuilding   #architecture   #city   #cityscape   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #skyscrapers   #nycskyscraper   #urbanlandscape   #urban   #manhattanskyline   #nycskyline  Photo: "In a trance..."

Winter crunches underfoot yielding to the heavy enormity of the sheer weight of souls in transition. Trees laden with snow frozen in thought stand dormant until the springtime.

It’s on these sorts of days that the earth feels as if it is caught in a trance somewhere between dreaming and opening its frozen eyelids.
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I love when the snow first falls in New York City - especially in Central Park. The quiet muffled stillness and icy warmth combine to pause the city’s frenetic energy for a few hours.

This was taken the last time we had major snowfall in Manhattan during a blizzard. In truth, it probably wasn’t the safest idea to be walking around Central Park when the wind gusts were so terrifyingly high but during the moments when the winds stopped, it was eerily beautiful.



New York Photography: Central Park winter path with snow-covered trees.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/36742179771/central-park-winter-trees-covered-in-snow-new

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #centralpark   #centralparkwinter   #newyorkwinter   #newyorkcitywinter   #manhattan   #landscape   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography   #winter   #winterwednesday   #snow   #centralparksnow   #newyorksnow   #nature  Photo: Stone Street - New York's first paved street


Stone Street is a narrow cobblestone alley that was first developed by Dutch colonists in the 1600s. Its claim to fame is that it is New York City’s first paved street and as such it is recognized as a historic landmark.

It’s the main part of an area currently known as the Stone Street Historic District. Nestled among skyscrapers in the Financial District, it’s something of a time machine back into another era of New York City’s history. The street is the site where British merchants traded and sold goods, where American colonialists passionately spoke of independence and where tracts of land were purchased and sold (completely disregarding the earlier inhabitants of the area).

The Dutch West India Company first sold this area to European property owners in the mid 1600s. It was around 1658 that the street was paved. The name Stone Street actually came about in the late 1700s. Prior to being named Stone Street, this alley was called Hoogh Straet and then Brouwer Street and also spent some time as Duke Street. Since the street is so close to the waterfront, it was the site of a tremendous amount of commercial activity for two centuries.

In the mid 1800s, the area was destroyed by the Great Fire. Even though the Great Fire leveled hundreds of buildings in the area, the Stone Street district bounced back due to New York City having the leading maritime port in the country. However, in the mid twentieth century the area saw a decline due to maritime activity moving to the west side of Manhattan. In the mid 1990s, funding was secured to restore the area back to its former glory.

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Shot with the Sony a99 a few days ago on a bitterly cold winter day here in New York City, I can’t think of a better time to experience this historic alley. It comes to life in the summer when it is full of chairs and tables linked to the many dining establishments that now inhabit the buildings along Stone Street. But it’s in the winter when the light barely reaches through to the ground and when the breeze from the river cuts through to the bone that it makes an indelible mark on the heart.

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You can view this post along with all relevant links over at my photography blog here if you wish:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/42427263208/stone-street-new-york-citys-first-paved-street

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkphotography 
#nycphotography   #city   #cityscape   #cityphotography   #urban   #cobblestone   #nychistory   #newyorkhistory   #newyorkphoto   #architecture   #writing   #nycalley   #newyorkcityalley  Photo: "Romance..."

There is an inherent romance that buzzes through the air in New York City when it rains.

The Flatiron District is one of my favorite areas in Manhattan when it rains. The street (5th Avenue) opens up to reveal distant skyscrapers that disappear into heavy fog as people weave their way through the multitudes of umbrellas.

The clock in this image is the Fifth Avenue Building Clock (a close-up image of and its history is in this post) which is a New York City landmark and recalls another era: one where these ornamental clocks played a role in attracting people to gilded era storefronts. This vantage point is with the Flatiron Building directly in back of the viewer looking up 5th Avenue.

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I have had quite a few requests that I add some of my New York City mobile photography to my online store and portfolio (here: http://goo.gl/FusmD ) since people are looking to buy holiday gifts. This is the first of one of those requests. It was taken with my phone and has been lovingly added (here: http://goo.gl/FyDo0 ).

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New York Photography: 5th Avenue in the rain in midtown Manhattan



You can view this post along with all relevant links at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/36599075646/new-york-city-in-the-rain-flatiron-district



Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #mobilephotography   #mobileography   #mobilephotographymonday   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #nycmobilephotography   #streetphotography   #newyorkcitystreet   #nycstreet   #nycrain   #rain   #newyorkcityrain   #newyorkrain  Photo: "Snow-globe..."

Snowflakes swirl over the skyscrapers and buildings: confetti from the sky blanketing the buildings and streets.

And the world transforms into a giant snow-globe, if only for a brief moment.

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What’s more magical than New York City in the snow (when it first falls, of course)? This winter cityscape view is of the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan including the Chrysler Building, the MetLife Building and a barely visible 59th Street Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge).



New York Photography: New York winter - Snow swirling over the New York City skyline.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/36211906187/new-york-winter-the-new-york-city-skyline-in-the

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #chryslerbuilding   #snow   #winter   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter   #manhattanwinter   #nycsnow   #newyorksnow   #newyorkcitysnow   #skylinesnow   #cityscape   #skyscrapers   #landscape  Photo: On this day last year, someone who I was close with in my early 20s died and I am still trying to make sense of such a tragic loss. I don’t think I ever will. I made a a lengthy post about Jen and my memories of her (with videos of her amazing performances) here last year:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/13034148816/jeniviva-photography-by-pixievision-i-received

A few days later, I wrote this poem and posted it with this photo I am posting right now. It was raw and it’s the only thing I can think of posting today that sums up what I am (still) feeling:

It’s in the way the sunlight streams through the last vestiges of autumn: as golden as the leaves that hold onto their branches.

It’s in the way the earth bares itself under this fanfare: as vulnerable as new lover’s heartbeats buried under layers of clothing.

Winter’s prelude starts slowly: a distant refrain that works its way through the earth chilled in anticipation.

We slow-dance on this mortal coil to the adagio of life twisting and turning with the whims of the winds that scatter our spirit to the ends of the earth.

It’s all we can do.



You can view this post with all relevant links and information about where to purchase this image here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/36068812934/autumn-light-central-park-new-york-city-on



Tags: #photography   #loss   #death   #life   #autumn   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #jeniviva   #centralpark   #poetry   #prose   #centralparkautumn   #nycautumn   #newyorkautumn   #fall   #fallcolors   #mondayreflection   #moodymonday   #autumnfoliage  Photo: "Moments..."

At the end of this past summer, I rode the East River Ferry alone one day for four hours. I find it really relaxing to be near or on the water.The ferry has an all-day pass and at times it was only me on the deck watching the bridges and skyline fade in and out of view as the sun danced across the sky.

There is a moment at the beginning of sunset when the sun begins to drop from the sky when it almost appears as if it is trying to catch its reflection in the water mirror below. I wish I could have bottled this moment up to have forever because it was as if the entire city was wrapped up in an intensely intimate embrace with the sun.

Isn’t that what is so great about photography?

Moments can last a lifetime.

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Seen in this photo: The Manhattan Bridge is in the foreground and the Brooklyn Bridge is directly behind it. The skyscrapers of the Lower Manhattan skyline are off to the right including the Woolworth Building, New York by Gehry and One World Trade Center (formally known as the Freedom Tower). To the left sits the borough of Brooklyn and the neighborhood of Dumbo.



New York Photography: The New York City skyline at sunset.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/33895544330/the-new-york-city-skyline-at-sunset-at-the-end

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #landscape   #sunset   #nycsunset   #sunsetphotography   #skyline   #cityscape   #nycskyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #writing  Photo: "Cast-iron..."

I have always loved the ornate clocks that line 5th Avenue, especially the Fifth Avenue Building Block that has a prime destination near the Flatiron Building. At 19 feet high, the cast-iron clock was installed in 1909 and was crafted by a Brooklyn Iron Works company. It’s a type of clock that was introduced in the 1860s. They were popular with business owners who wanted to attract extra attention and also served a functional purpose as time-telling pieces in a busy area of Manhattan.

The juxtaposition between the Flatiron Building, one of New York City’s iconic skyscrapers and this cast-iron clock has always put a smile on my face. The Flatiron Building, which was completed in 1902 is also a landmark in Manhattan. Its name is in reference to its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.



New York Photography: The Flatiron Building and 5th Avenue Building Clock



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/36355612673/the-flatiron-building-and-fifth-avenue-building

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #clock   #flatironbuilding   #5thavenueclock   #fifthavenueclock   #skyscraper   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphonographyfriday   #iphonephotography   #mobilography   #antiqueclock   #steampunk   #steampunkclock  Photo: Snow - New York City

Hot on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, the Nor’Easter called Athena is dumping a nice amount of snow on New York City right now. I took a little walk around my neighborhood earlier. View the rest of the photos of a snowy Lower East Side here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivnsect/sets/72157631958049970/

It’s quite beautiful even if it is super cold and the wind gusts are strong. My heart goes out to those in parts of New York and New Jersey who are still without power. I posted a few helpful links on the end of my last post about Hurricane Sandy in case people are looking for info on where to donate, help and/or volunteer to help (http://nythroughthelens.com/post/35082434947/superstorm-sandy-and-after-sandy-in-lower ):.

View this post on my website here as well:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/35251666033/new-york-city-snow-lower-east-side-hot-on-the

(photo is taken with my phone via Camera+ and edited with Camera+ as well)

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Tags: #photography   #snow   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #lowereastside   #athena   #noreaster   #noreastercane   #athenanyc   #snownyc   #snownewyorkcity   #novembersnow   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #mobilephotography   #streetphotography   #newyorkcitynight   #nycnight  Photo: "In-between places..."

When I was younger, I thought that New York City was teeming with alleys and narrow streets fueled by an over-active imagination and a predilection for film noir cityscapes. I wanted to believe that New York City harbored the best and brightest of in-between places and worn out spaces. The truth is that while New York City does have alleys, they are a pretty rare sight. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to the ones that do exist.



New York Photography: Freeman's Alley, Lower East Side



You can view this post along with information on where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/35994543325/new-york-city-alley-lower-east-side-when-i-was

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkphotography   #alley   #alleyway   #nycalley   #newyorkcityalley   #manhattanalley   #lowereastside   #cityphotography   #urbanphoto   #freemansalley   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #mobilography  Photo: "Winter's dream..."

Under a canopy of elm trees, nothing is quite as beautiful as the warmth that emanates from fallen autumn leaves.

Scattered like fiery embers, they are strewn about only suspended in motion for a short time before the wind stirs them from their molten slumber.

If winter had but one dream, it would be of this.

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A few people commented elsewhere that they missed both parts of the documentary series that I posted earlier this week. It was part of a docu-series filmed this past summer about my photography. So, if you missed it and are curious about my early influences and thoughts about New York City, here are both segments:

Art Seen: Vivienne Gucwa, Part 1: http://vimeo.com/51341705

Art Seen: Vivienne Gucwa, Part 2: http://vimeo.com/51675178



New York Photography: Central Park autumn leaves



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/33955841290/autumn-leaves-under-elm-trees-central-park-new

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #autumn   #landscape   #fallcolors   #autumnfoliage   #nature   #trees   #writing   #centralpark   #manhattan   #elmtrees  Photo: "Into the evening..."

On hazy summer afternoons when dusk pulls its soft purple veil over the city, the skyline softens momentarily in the dreamy-eyed gaze of the clouds.

And as light slides from the sky making its way over steel, wood and concrete towards the disintegrating horizon, bridges and skyscrapers melt with the sun into the evening.



New York Photography: Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline at dusk.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/31457458580/the-brooklyn-bridge-and-new-york-city-skyline

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #brooklyn   #brooklynbridge   #architecture   #bridge   #writing   #poetry   #prose   #dusk  Photo: "Sorrow-soaked..."

There are days in Central Park during the autumn when the weather is deliciously ominous. These are the sorts of days when grey clouds do their best to compete with the sunlight for the spotlight. I love the quality of this sort of contrasting light. During moments when the sun does manage to peek through the gray blanket of clouds, the foliage seems to reel in the bits of scattered sunlight.

This is a vista that seems to come alive in the autumn and winter due in part to Central Park’s beautiful willow trees. There is a quality to the placement of the branches that is reminiscent of theatrical stage curtains in a persistent state of dramatically opening to reveal the landscapes that are just beyond their grasp as if they are revealing a show that comes alive in the final two acts of a performance that spans a year.

In the autumn, these sorrow-soaked branches frame the sprawling autumn landscape that surrounds the lake and in the winter when the lake is covered in snow, the same branches hold multitudes of icy tears framing the towers of San Remo perfectly.



New York Photography: Central Park in autumn.



You can view this post along with information on where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/31587960663/central-park-autumn-landscape-overlooking-the-lake

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #autumn   #landscape   #centralparkautumn   #writing   #prose   #newyorkautumn  Photo: "River of colors..."

Looking through the bleary-eyed clouds that fill the sky above, the cracks of the city’s streets and sidewalks stretch across its body like wrinkles on well-worn skin while street signs and buildings melt into each other pouring themselves into a river of colors.

And in the twilight of the afternoon’s memories, the sky’s tears fall.



New York Photography: Rainy street. Chinatown.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/30328633691/afternoon-rain-pell-street-chinatown-new-york

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #chinatown   #rain   #prose   #writing   #street   #city   #urban  Photo: "Bursting at the seams..."

They rise: stalagmites borne from an earth bursting at the seams with lofty aspirations.

And the city’s streets weave their way through them: well-worn crevices on the surface of dreams.

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This is one of my favorite views of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. It’s a view from the top of the Empire State Building. I have always loved the variety of architecture and intensely dense feel of this patch of the New York City skyline. There is a moodiness that permeates every faded facade and structural detail that is unique to this part of the city.

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New York Photography: The New York City skyline in midtown from above.



For #moodymonday   by +Carole Buckwalter   & +Philip Daly 

You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/34098248661/new-york-city-skyscrapers-midtown-they-rise



Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #moodymonday   #moody   #skyscrapers   #architecture   #city   #cityscape   #urban   #cityphotography   #urbanlandscape  Photo: Hurricane Sandy debris on Delancey Street on Monday morning. Lower East Side, New York City

Tons of debris seen earlier this morning looking down Delancey Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The wind was pretty harsh at that time and it’s even more brutal now. A huge wind gust just literally shook my entire apartment (I live on the 5th floor of a very, very old walk-up).

Just got a robo-call from Con Ed saying that power may be shut off here on the Lower East Side. If I don’t update again for a while, that’s why. Stay safe all!



In case you missed my earlier post, you can catch me on my Twitter mainly  - http://twitter.com/Vivnsect (unless the power goes totally out everywhere) until the middle of this week unless I have to go out for some completely insane reason.



New York Photography: Delancey Street debris. Hurricane Sandy. NYC



View this post over at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/34579398885/hurricane-sandy-debris-on-delancey-street-on



Tags: #photography   #hurricanesandy   #hurricanesandynyc   #sandy   #moodymonday   #mobilemonday   #mobilephotography   #lowereastside   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #frankenstorm   #monsterstorm   #hurricanesandynewyork  Photo: "On birthdays..."

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and my birthday looms on the horizon (it’s tomorrow, January 4th). It’s a significant birthday in terms of time. I won’t go into which one but I will say that it’s made me even more introspective than I usually am when my birthday rolls around every year.

I have a vivid memory of the day after my birthday 11 years ago that I replay in my head from time to time. It gives me a sense of perspective because it let’s me realize when I think back to how I felt in that moment just how far I have come in my life since that memory. And when I think about it that way, I am pretty amazed that I even made it this far. I am grateful every day for how my life continues to unfold before me but even more so when I think about the passage of time in such a way.

It’s been a really tough week. One of my cats ended up hospitalized for a few harrowing days due to a bout of acute pancreatitis and slight fluid in her lung. I am most thankful to have her home now (even though I am watching her like a hawk) and in that way, I couldn't ask for much more for my birthday this year.

And so, I embrace my birthday this year with open arms as scary a number as it may be ;).

Here’s to another year round this orb and to more cheerful and unexpected twists and turns.

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New York Photography: Balloons on St. Mark's Place




You can view this post along with information on where to purchase prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/39574302399/balloons-on-st-marks-place-east-village-new



Tags:   #newyear   #newyear2013   #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #balloons   #birthday   #birthday2013   #manhattan   #eastvillage   #stmarksplace   #city   #cityphotography   #introspection   #within   #hope  Photo: "Winter warmth..."

The clouds squeeze the last bit of light from the sun onto the city below.

It falls over trees and buildings: liquid promise spreading onto a landscape de-saturated by winter’s icy breath.

In the wake of winter’s gasping utterances, the sun uncovers the world that hides behind boisterous trees in summer.

And a smile spreads across the city’s face for a moment: warm and golden hope spreading itself over the remains of the day.

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I have been going through older photos taken back when it snowed with great conviction two winters ago. This was taken in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village the morning after a blizzard.

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In case you missed it, I posted a video this past weekend of me talking about photography and New York City. If you ever wondered what it is like to see me talk about these sorts of things, you can view the video here:

https://vimeo.com/51341705



New York Photography: Tompkins Square Park snow.



You can view this post along with information about where to purchase prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/33638988083/winter-in-tompkins-square-park-east-village-new

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #eastvillage   #tompkinssquarepark   #snow   #winter   #landscape   #city   #cityscape   #prose   #writing  Photo: "Memories..." (about this photo - this is a long post)

The sun's light dances on the tops of leaves blushing red in autumn's embrace. And the earth glows remembering summer's long days and endless promises of warmth.


This is one of the first round of photos I took back when I started to seriously take photos. It's of a beautiful early autumn view of Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City.

I go back to this photo every year around this time and think a lot about that day, almost exactly two years ago to this date.

The air was bitingly crisp and the leaves had barely started to fall from the trees. I didn't really know what I was trying to capture. In reality, I remember thinking that I would be happy if I could just get the colors of the leaves right with my humble camera (it was a point and shoot that barely had any controls), I would be over the moon. 

This image has gone on quite a few journeys: as prints to many people (it still remains, to this day, one of my most popular), to clients for commercial work in ads, and on various websites. 

I used to beat myself up about this photo since it feels like I have traveled a large distance in photography since I first took it and I can obviously see in my mind how the scene would look if I had taken the photo now. 

I didn't know it back then but what I have found to be most valuable element of photography is the ability to capture unique moments and distill their essence into something that resonates in some way with even as little as one person (which could just be yourself). 

And you know what? I have gone back to this spot hundreds of times since then and I have never once seen it look exactly like this again. 



Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park in 1858. Bow Bridge, shaped like an archer's bow, was built between 1859 and 1862. It spans more than 60 feet of the Lake. The ornamental iron railing incorporates elements of Gothic, Neo-Classical, and Renaissance design.



New York Photography: Central Park autumn. Bow Bridge.



To view this post as well as information about where to purchase prints of this image, feel free to go here to my site:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/33013119365/bow-bridge-in-autumn-central-park-new-york



Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #autumn   #autumnleaves   #fall   #fallcolors   #autumnfoliage   #centralpark   #centralparkautumn   #manhattan   #landscape   #writing  Photo: "New York City..."

Growing up in Queens, a borough of New York City, I was surrounded by a general attitude of contempt and disgust regarding anything tourist related. My father who worked nights as a newspaper pressman in Manhattan hated going into Manhattan for anything other than work (his job was back-breaking) and my mother echoed the same jaded sentiment towards ‘touristy things’ in Manhattan as her other outer-borough friends. The ‘city’ (as many people still call it) was something to be proud to live in very close proximity to but anything too popular in the ‘city’ was the subject of eye-rolls.

I grew up mimicking this sentiment; a sort of ‘been there, done that’ mentality. We would only ever go to things like Times Square and the Empire State Building when relatives or friends visited and there was a silent stoicism related to showing ‘the sights’ to ‘out-of-towners’. I always found this amusing. These sights that were derided as nothing more than trite spectacles were the same sights that my parents deemed worthy to spend time taking people to when people came to visit us.

When I moved to Manhattan a decade ago, I carried this attitude with me. It wasn’t until I started taking photos that I fully opened my eyes (so to speak). Granted, I had always found beauty in the things many people passed over; architectural details on tops of buildings, the way that sunlight hit buildings at different times of the day. However, when I finally discarded the jadedness that permeated my early years I started realizing how utterly phenomenal and fascinating all those ‘touristy’ things are.

It may have taken me many years to fully grasp why people come from all over the world to gaze lovingly at sights and architectural marvels like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building but now that I know it’s hard not to gaze at these sights with anything but wonder. There is so much to be in awe of in this spectacular city.

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This is an early morning view from the top of the Empire State Building looking out over the huge variety of skyscrapers that populate the skyline of midtown Manhattan.

Central Park stretches out in the distance with the MetLife Building and Chrysler Building to the right in this image and Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center towards the left and center. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (also known as the 59th Street Bridge) is to the right of the Chrysler Building in this view and Queens can be seen to the right of the bridge disappearing into the haze.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #skyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #cityscape   #city   #urban   #manhattan   #nyc   #nycfromabove   #newyorkcityfromabove   #skyscrapers   #architecture   #writing  Photo: "Autumn love..."

All I can dream about at this point is anything and everything that has to do with autumn: piles of leaves to jump in, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks, pumpkin in just about everything, cute scarves and socks, ducking into cozy places to warm up briefly before heading back out to enjoy the kiss of brisk autumn breezes.

Summer, we can always fall in love again next year.

For now, I have a huge crush on autumn.



New York Photography: Autumn leaves and trees in Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #autumn   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #centralparkautumn   #fall   #fallcolors   #autumnleaves   #landscape   #autumnlandscape   #trees   #leaves   #manhattan  Photo: "Sun-kiss..."

Every evening, the sun slides slowly down along the sky gleaming and floating above the city.

Reaching through the clouds to look at its reflection of liquid gold in the water below, it pauses.

And in those brief moments, it’s as if the earth has stopped revolving just long enough for the sun and the city to kiss.

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This was taken while on a boat in the East River passing under the Brooklyn Bridge. The skyline is the lower Manhattan skyline featuring the skyscrapers of the Financial District and Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. To the left in the distance, sits the Statue of Liberty.



New York Photography: The New York City skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #skyline   #cityscape   #nycskyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #sunset   #brooklynbridge   #prose   #writing   #sunsetnyc  Photo: "Autumn..."

Autumn is the start of something new. It’s the promise of briskness followed by warmth. It’s an inviting whisper that lingers in the air and brushes past the skin with its transient presence.

We inhale the earth’s transition deeply into our lungs and exhale hopeful utterances on the condensation of our warm exhaled breaths.

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I love Central Park on overcast autumn days. When the elm trees are at their peak and have shed their leaves creating beautiful trails of foliage and the air is crisp, there is nothing better.



New York Photography: Central Park's elm trees in autumn.



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Tags: #autumn   #nyc   #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #landscape   #fall   #fallcolors   #autumnphotography   #autumnphotos   #centralpark   #centralparkautumn   #writing   #prose   #nature  Photo: "Dream sputters..."

In the silent stillness of winter the world stops rotating temporarily.

All sound, speech and thought is muffled as the earth slumbers briefly under a blanket of freshly fallen snow.

In each snowflake rest the hopes and dreams of all who have ever felt the warmth of an anticipatory heart-flutter: dream-sputters that wrap the earth in the weight of their desires.

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Built between 1859 and 1862, Bow Bridge is one of Central Park’s most iconic structures. This image was taken during a snowstorm in Central Park, New York City.



New York Photography: Bow Bridge in the snow. Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #centralparkwinter   #bowbridge   #architecture   #landscape   #snow   #winter  Photo: "Another dawn..."

You gripped my hands when you told me about this time: a time when cities were rooted to the earth.

Under another dawn’s sky, New York City’s structures reached up like hands grasping at too-far-away stars.

Bridges stretched out like rapidly deteriorating veins in an urban body destined for decay: remnants from a time when it was a feat just to cross over water with nothing but clumsy fossil-fueled vehicles, when our imaginations were limited by a devotion to the ground below.

And I squinted, trying to imagine life bound to the ground with only passing curiosity to lead the eyes to the skies.

In another dawn, would I have looked up at these same structures with some sort of wonder?

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This is not a phone photo. This is an ongoing side project: surreal future-dystopian (and utopian) cityscapes incorporating iconic NYC architecture and landscapes: part of a larger and strange sort of New York fairy tale series that I am imagining that takes place in the future.



New York Photography: Manhattan bridge architecture.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #surreal   #surrealphotography   #surrealcity   #surrealnyc   #newyorkphotography   #architecture   #abstract   #writing   #scifi   #dystopia   #dystopian   #dystopianfiction   #newyorkfairytale  Photo: "All of summer's sunsets..."

The graceful limbs of autumn’s trees cling to all of summer’s sunsets searing their leaves yellow, orange and red with the sun’s heat.

With golden leaves stoked by the last of summer’s fleeting flame, summer’s fire extinguishes itself in a carpet of brilliantly colored embers on the ground below.



New York Photography: Central Park in Autumn.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #autumn   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #autumnphotography   #poetry   #prose   #writing   #trees   #elmtrees   #fall   #fallcolors  Photo: "In another time and place..."

New York City changes and evolves at a rapid pace. In certain areas, changes occur faster than others. Lower Manhattan is one place that has changed the most in the last decade. Development happens fast and the current trends are extremely tall buildings constructed mostly of glass, chain stores and luxury boutiques. In neighborhoods that were once bohemian and home to artists and rebels, these current changes have been hard to swallow for long-time residents who run the risk of being out-priced out of the neighborhoods they have called home for decades.

Despite these changes, there are still parts of lower Manhattan that recall earlier decades. New York City suffered economically in the 1970s and it was during this decade that much of lower Manhattan was transformed into a danger zone full of abandoned lots and buildings and rampant crime. Having grown up in New York City in the 1980s and early 1990s, I have vivid memories of riding graffiti-covered trains from Queens into Manhattan. I was taught to ‘watch my back’ at all times since everyone seemed to know someone who had been mugged. Things were still different in those days prior to the initiatives by mayors Koch and Guiliani to ‘clean up’ the city (and discourse is still rampant regarding how they handled it).

When I came across this section of Canal Street initially, my heart almost leaped out of my chest. Here I was staring at a section of a spot in Chinatown that seemed as if it had been dipped in 1980s New York City and had become frozen in time (thankfully I had my camera). It’s hard to put into words how powerful this scene is for personally. It’s a bit like staring at something that once existed in a distant life.

A city may change rapidly discarding pieces of itself, but it’s the people who carry it’s broken pieces with them in their hearts who imbue the city with its memory.


New York Photography: Urban decay, Chinatown.



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Tags: #photography #writing #history #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #urban #urbandecay #decay #chinatownPhoto: "For two..."

That chill in the air wrapping itself around trees like an overflowing scarf , the crispness on the breeze chilling faces with its autumn kisses, trees displaying their decorated limbs in golden shades of serenity: Autumn.

Cinnamon sticks resting languidly in steaming mugs of hot apple cider, pumpkin-orange colored wishes carried on the scent of firewood, frosted sighs of contentment exhaled in long cool breaths, leaves sounding their crackled whispers of surrender, earth reeling from summer preparing for its long engagement with the snow-covered proclamations of winter: Autumn.



New York Photography: Bicycles in autumn. Central Park. 



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #centralpark   #autumn   #centralparkautumn   #prose   #writing   #fall   #fallcolors   #trees   #nature   #landscape   #manhattan   #nycautumn  Photo: "Dissolving..."

Looking out over New York City from up high, the skyscrapers rise from the ground proudly as if they are marching towards the horizon where the city and the sky meet briefly and where steel dissolves into light.


New York Photography:  The Chrysler Building and New York City skyline as seen from the Empire State Building.



This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera +. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my mobile photography on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #city   #urban   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #iphone   #landscape   #architecture  Photo: "Echoes of Monet..."

There are times when nature so perfectly replicates art that so perfectly replicated nature creating a philosophical conundrum for the ages. This was one of those moments.

Here is my little spring tribute to Claude Monet by way of some gorgeous cherry blossoms luxuriating in the sunlight over the pond at the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden located at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



New York Photography: Cherry Blossoms. Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #flowers #cherryblossoms #brooklynbotanicgarden #bbgcherries #pond #reflection #brooklynPhoto: "Every yesterday..."

Store gates slumber in the folds of the day when the sun and clouds fall over the city like exhaled breath wrapping the cityscape in sleepy thoughts.

And on these slumbering store gates, dreamscapes unfold surrounded by the discarded remnants of every yesterday and every today.



New York Photography: Street art. Lower East Side.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #city   #cityphotography   #urban   #streetart   #writing   #prose   #manhattan   #decay  Photo: "Slick with promise..."

Rain is the sky’s love song to the city.

The sky opens up revealing an other-worldly light that cloaks the city in effervescent splendor.

Sidewalks and streets, slick with promise, mirror the movement of urban explorers navigating the sleek concrete as taxi lights shine their refracted, blurred lights into the vast expanse of the rain-soaked landscape.

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Sharing this photo today since I talked about it (briefly) and a few other photos of mine on +Trey Ratcliff 's Stuck in Customs Show last night. Trey was traveling and I was asked last minute if I would be on the show with a few other street photographers to discuss some of our work. It was a great time! The other photographers on the show were +Eric Kim  and +Rinzi Ruiz and it was hosted by +Karen Hutton  and +Dave Veffer . I am already a huge fan of Eric’s street photography but I wasn’t familiar with Rinzi’s work and it completely blew me away.

While the majority of my work tends to focus on New York City’s landscapes and architecture and is devoid of people, it was nice to discuss a few of my photos that do have people in them and talk a little bit about my philosophy on shooting people in the city and the narratives I tend to gravitate towards when dealing with people shots.

It’s always interesting to see how certain themes emerge with any art form and I seem to have a fondness for street photography in the rain. I blame New York City for that fondness. It’s just so incredibly moody and beautiful when it rains here :).

You can view the show from last night here:

Trey's Variety Hour #53: Street Photography



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #greenwichvillage   #rain   #streetphotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #city   #writing   #prose  Photo: "The tones of nostalgia..."

There are certain colors that dominate memory mixed on the palette of the mind’s eye with the hues from dreams and tones of nostalgia.

But it’s the tones of nostalgia that stand out the most: the penetrating longing for places and moments we have or have not experienced that creates a void in our beings so deep that its echo is felt in every moment and heard in every thought.

There are words for this type of nostalgia: sensucht and saudade. Sensucht is a German word that describes the emotional state of longing and yearning and saudade is a Galician- Portuguese word that describes a similar intense state of longing for something or someone. They can both be experienced as a longing for a place that is unidentifiable but somehow familiar and indicative of what we would most closely identify as home. Sometimes the yearning is so intense that only the emotional state is what we are aware of and it’s not always easy to tell that there is a deep yearning for something or someone at that moment.

New York City fills me with constant yearning with its colors and the way that light casts its glow on streets, brick, and the structures that fill in the image of New York City in my own mind. In the reds of the bricks I feel a longing for other cities I have not yet experienced and in the light that falls onto the street early in the evening I see the same light casting its glow on the spaces I wish to walk thousands of miles away.

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New York Photography: Corner restaurant. Tribeca.

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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #tribeca #manhattan #cafe #restaurant #writing #prose #nostalgia #saudadePhoto: Charity Print Sales for Lee Daniels via SmugMug and the Google Plus Community (Details Below) #lovinglee 

"Wonderland..."

This photo inhabits a special place in my heart. When I heard about the charity print sale for +Lee Daniels it was the only photo I could even imagine offering due to the significance it holds. The reason it is special is because it marked a change in my own approach to my photography. +Lee Daniels was one of the few people who recognized this change and we had a truly memorable private conversation about it that which I will cherish forever.

Photography is such an incredible medium for me because I feel like I can finally unleash my own view of my surroundings colored by my emotions and the narratives that I carry with me wherever I go. So, it's heart-warming to know that somehow others connect and see where I went with a particular mood and image. Lee's comment to me in that thread (here if you are interested: http://goo.gl/wIAmy ) completely blew me away me because it was as if she could see right into my heart. Here are her words about this image:

" I am Alice to your Wonderland here as I walk your gilded path, skipping now and then in giddy joy as I let this emergence claim me. Was there ivy so shaped that it talked back to me as it molded itself to tree? If I sat on a bench, I know it would take me for a ride under leaves that danced downward. Do I see a Cheshire Cat on that branch?

This is pure fantasy. A moment vouchsafed to you from other times, other dimensions. You vouchsafe it to us and I let go and am tumbled into a a world of deeply rich tone, of impossible light, of a hold-your-breath world of such exquisite beauty, of such aching clarity and amazing enchantment that I never want to leave and wonder if the trees will absorb me if I climb them.

In a body of uncommon and remarkable work, this stands a little I front for me today. In a body of unique vision, this one claims just a bit more of my constant wonder today. I am enthralled. "---- Lee.

I wanted to share this to try to convey how remarkable +Lee Daniels is and what a valuable part of the photography community she is as well as what an impact she has had on me. She is one of the first people I really and truly connected with here on Google Plus last year.

She is a writer and photographer. She is a teacher and mentor. She is my friend.

Life often throws the most absurd hurdles at us when we least expect it. Lee was recently thrown one of the most challenging hurdles that anyone could be confronted with. She was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. With no health insurance, she does not have the financial means to cover the expenses necessary to help her leap over this hurdle.

The good thing is that Lee is a fighter and has the fortitude to leap with great exuberance over such a potentially large hurdle.

So, let's help her win this fight and take that leap!

+SmugMug is allowing us, the photographers of Google+ a weeks time to upload one picture each that will be up for sale over the course of one month. All of the proceeds from the sale of prints in the gallery below will be donated to Lee Daniels to help her with the medical costs of cancer treatments. The prints will be sold and fulfilled through +SmugMug and Bay Photo Lab.

How You Can Donate A Print:

Here is the link that will take you to the form you need to fill out to submit to the gallery if you wish to donate a photo: http://goo.gl/zsNAD 

Where To Find My Work For Sale To Help Lee:

Here is the link to my photo (talked about in this post) in the Photographer's For Good gallery: http://goo.gl/Ly5hg

View The Photographer's For Good Gallery:

Here is the link to view the entire gallery of prints for sale. As mentioned above, all of the proceeds of each print sale will go to Lee to help her out with her medical expenses: http://goo.gl/6ZfRW


Lee Daniels has made a difference in my life.

Together, let's make a difference in her life.



Use the hashtag #lovinglee for your posts about this charity print sale for +Lee Daniels .



Tags: #photography #leedaniels #cancer #charityprintsale #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #manhattanPhoto: "Turning the corner into the mind..."

There are streets that I return to over and over again. These streets tug at memories I haven’t made yet while yanking memories I treasure from the deep recesses of my mind. They haunt me in all the best ways. They represent the New York City in my mind.

Everyone seems to have a different version of New York City in their mind. It’s the version that they look for when turning a corner and glancing down a street. My own version of New York City was formed early on. It’s a result of falling in love with a combination of streetscapes in classic film noir cinema, futuristic sci-fi city environments in literature and film, and years of traversing New York City on foot.

This is one of those streets that I could have only dreamed existed until I turned a corner one day and stopped dead in my tracks as I looked down the street towards the skybridge that crosses between buildings. It’s Staple Street in Tribeca. A tiny alley-like street, it contains one of the most fascinating pedestrian bridges (also known as a skyway, traverse, skywalk and a host of other terms) I have ever seen in New York City.

Some history about this street: “In 1894, New York Hospital built the House of Relief, a downtown clinic, on Jay from Hudson to Staple, with an ambulance entrance facing Staple. In that year The New York Herald noted that the hospital was sending its ambulance out as often as seven times a day, sometimes on emergencies involving sunstroke, ”which so often occurs in the lower part of the city,” perhaps because of the large number of men working outdoors on the docks.

In 1907 the hospital built an annex across Staple Street (replacing the saloon/row house at Jay and Staple) as a stable and laundry, connecting it at the third-floor level using a pedestrian bridge. Although Staple Street was then just an industrial alley, the hospital had the architects Robertson & Potter design a handsome little building with a terra cotta plaque bearing the ”NYH” monogram on the Staple Street side. The monogram is still there.” - from “Streetscapes: Staple Street in TriBeCa” New York Times By Christopher Gray, February 2001



New York Photography: Staple Street skybridge. Tribeca.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #tribeca   #staplestreet   #architecture   #street   #writing   #manhattan   #bridge   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography  Photo: "Collective heat..."

The sun dances slow with the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in the summer as the clouds kiss the horizon and haze emanates from the collective heat of these intimate encounters.

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I love viewing the New York City skyline in late summer. While the visibility is often limited due to the haze, there is something really exquisite in the way that the foreground skyscrapers appear in this sort of view.

This particular view is facing north. On the right side of the image, notable skyscrapers that can be seen are the Chrysler Building and the MetLife building (which stands over Grand Central Terminal). 30 Rock and Rockefeller Center can be seen straight ahead looking out over Central Park and the buildings that line Central Park West. On the left side of the image, a notable skyscraper that can be seen in this view is the Bank of America Tower (with the pointy tip) which stands next to the green MetLife building and overlooks Bryant Park.



New York Photography: The New York City skyline from above looking north.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #manhattan   #newyorkcityphotography   #architecture   #landscape   #urban   #city   #cityscape   #skyscrapers   #centralpark  Photo: "Connection..."

Stuck somewhere between the heart and lips pushed down by the echoes of memory echoes loss: the mirror reflection of connection.

We spend our lives shedding pieces of ourselves: molted hopes and dreams that slough off into the thoughts of everyone we meet like stardust falling to the Earth from distant stars.

These are the pieces we hold on to: the pieces that are part of us that can never be put back into the same place again after they dissolve into nothing.



New York Photography: Bare branches against a winter sky in Queens.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #writing   #poetry   #prose   #winter   #wintersky   #newyorkwinter   #nycwinter   #queens   #queensnyc   #stormclouds   #connection  Photo: "On the backs of eyelids..."

I miss the snow.

I miss the silence: deafening silence punctuated by small breaths signifying flutters of life in a world swallowed by the sinking, seductive embrace of serenity.

That type of serenity isn’t easy to come by in a city that moves faster than the speed of hope: it’s frenetic core blinked into existence by anxious dreamers.

If I hold still, very still, for just a moment and close my eyes, I can paint my serenity memory on the backs of my eyelids.

In this moment the world stops rotating long enough and my breath reverberates alongside the earth’s heartbeat.



New York Photography: Bow Bridge, Central Park in the winter.



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Tags: #photography   #centralpark   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #bowbridge   #snow   #winter   #poetry   #prose   #writing   #landscape  Photo: "Soft ferocity..."

The sun streams across the city in the evening touching every layer of the city with its warmth.

And the streets, buildings and bridges cling to its light with soft ferocity hoping to keep it from leaving the sky.




New York Photography: Chinatown rooftop graffiti.



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At the edge of winter sits the reflection of spring.

Trees lifted from their slumber by weightless blossoms make their way out of the twilight of winter’s last icy gasps.

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It’s quite incredible how many trees are already in full spring bloom already. Usually the trees aren’t this far along with their blossoms until the middle of April or even the beginning of May. This particular photo which I took yesterday is of a favorite spring spot of mine in Central Park. It conjures up fairytale narratives and fills my heart with hope.

The blossoms on these trees are so gorgeous when they first bloom. When the wind blows little white and pink petals shed from their blossoms swirling in the air before falling to the ground, a phenomenon I like to refer to as spring snow. :)
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New York Photography: Spring trees, Central Park.

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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #centralpark #spring #springtime #trees #landscape #springnyc #centralparkspring #magicalPhoto: "Distillation process..."

This is my submission for the Plus One Magazine: #PlusOneIssue1 

(You can apparently vote for it here by clicking the thumbs up: http://goo.gl/iQ7x5 )

When the clouds pull their veils back from the sky’s face after a storm, the light hits the world at such an angle that even the most rigid man-made creations glimmer like the water’s surface in the sun.

If you could distill New York City down to an essence so pure that it glimmered in such a way, it would look like this: captured, cooled, magnificent in its indistinguishable hand-woven-steel beauty.

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New York Photography: The Brooklyn Bridge.



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Tags: #photography #architecture #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #bridge #brooklynbridge #writing #prose #structure #formPhoto: "Yesterday's thoughts..."

On cold city mornings, birds pepper the bone-white sky with movement.

And through the haze left over by clouds caught in the scuffle between autumn and winter, the wind rushes through the streets like the ghosts of yesterday’s thoughts.



New York Photography: Birds flying over Orchard Street on the Lower East Side



Taken with my phone and edited with Camera+.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #nycphotography   #lowereastside   #orchardstreet   #streetphotography   #nycstreetphotography   #cityphotography   #urbanphotography   #cityscape   #mobilephotography   #mobilography   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #iphonephotography   #nycmobilephotography   #writing   #poetry   #prose   #nycstreet   #newyorkstreet  Photo: "Last bits of light..."

As storm clouds approach, the sun washes over the city showering its splendor onto the urban landscape like a brilliant star projecting its last bits of light into the vast universe.



I love the light on the buildings in this section of Chinatown before a storm. This particular view overlooks the tenements that face the Forsyth Market under the Manhattan Bridge where produce and other food is sold daily in a sprawling open air market.



New York Photography: Chinatown tenements under storm clouds.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #nycphotography   #manhattan   #chinatown   #architecture   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography   #streetphotography   #nycstreetphotography   #stormclouds   #cityscape   #cityphotography  Photo: "The sky and the impossible..."

When the sun stretches its fingers across the surface of the sky, it holds the city in the palm of its hand.

And the sky and the impossible melt away if only for a moment.



New York Photography: Sunset over the New York City skyline and Central Park as viewed from the top of Rockefeller Center.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #urban   #centralpark   #newyorkcityskyline   #skyline   #sunset   #landscape   #nycsunset   #newyorkcitysunset   #skyscrapers  Photo: "The city unwinds..."

In-between light creates all its own stories. It’s the light after a long night when the city sleepily shakes off the blanket of darkness and stretches in the first few rays of the waking sun and it’s also the light after a long day when the city unwinds basking in the low light of dusk.

In-between light caught in the steady drizzle of rain is even more enchanting. Tears of laughter, heartache, sorrow and joy fall on the city streets silencing their hungry rumble. Buildings darken one by one as the city blurs softly preparing for its nightly refractory period.



New York Photography: Rain. Pell Street, Chinatown



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We looked at old photos of the metropolises we once called home with their towers reaching up to an unexplored sky. These structures stood tall in a universe full of wonder and dust from an infinite number of stars.

Our breath stopped, caught in our throats as our tears diluted the remnants of paint that had found their way onto these crumbling archaic testaments revealing entire cities beneath the caked, colored surface.

For a brief moment, it was as if our tears had the power to unearth memories from the recesses of time.



This is not a phone photo. This is a side project: surreal future-dystopian (and utopian) cityscapes incorporating iconic NYC architecture and landscapes.



New York Photography: Chrysler Building and New York City skyline.



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Tags: #photography   #paintography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #skyline   #nycskyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #scifi   #scififriday   #writing   #chryslerbuilding   #architecture   #watercolors  Photo: "Homage..."

This is one of my favorite storefronts in Soho. A little over 90 years old, Vesuvio Bakery still looks as it did for decades. A tiny bit about the original owners of the bakery is found in a newspaper article from 2003 :

“Dapolito, 83, worked as a boy in the bakery on Prince St., decades before the neighborhood came to be known as Soho. His father and mother, Nunzio and Jennie, immigrants from Naples, opened it in 1920 and Tony went on to own it after they died.”

What is interesting about this beautiful old bakery storefront is that the bakery is no longer in the Dapolito family and has changed ownership several times since the article cited above was written. However, it is currently still operating as a bakery and the owners have kept the storefront intact.

Last year, an article was making the rounds on local lower Manhattan blogs about a recent trend that involves new shop owners paying homage to the history of a neighborhood via their store facades. The article is called: "In Which We Mark Graves Like Birthplaces". It calls this process authentrification. I love the term but it’s a term that definitely stirs up conflict.. This process of authentrification has been happening quite a bit in lower Manhattan and the article does cite Vesuvio Bakery as being an example of this process.



New York Photography: Vesuvio Bakery, Soho.



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Tags: #photography   #Nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #soho   #sohonyc   #city   #urban   #history   #bakery   #writing  Photo: Buckyball by Leo Villareal- Madison Square Park Art. New York City

This is a large-scale work by light installation artist Leo Villareal called Buckyball that is on display in Madison Square Park until February 1, 2013.

The work’s two nested geodesic spheres are comprised of 180 LED-tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons that contain thousands of individual pixels capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors. Controlled by custom software designed by the artist, the 30 foot tall illuminated sculpture animates Madison Square Park’s natural landscape with dynamic, random light sequences of varied color, opacity, speed, and scale.

Zero-gravity couches, are placed at the base of the sculpture to allow viewers to gather and contemplate the artwork. The couches and sculptural aspects of the installation reference elements of the park and add a physical and temporal dimension to the viewer’s multisensory experience of Buckyball.

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I went for a little walk in the fog last night and ended up sitting on one of the zero-gravity couches in Madison Square Park (as mentioned above) and staring at this installation for quite a long time since it constantly changes. This installation is quite a sight to behold and is very mesmerizing. The fog was quite thick last night as well as you can see through the light next to the tower in the background which is the MetLife Tower. Not a bad way to spend a foggy evening in New York City!



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #night   #nycnight   #newyorknight   #metlifetower   #art   #madisonsquareparkart   #madsquareparkart   #lightinstallation   #fog   #newyorkfog   #nycfog   #cool   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #phoneography   #mobileography  Photo: "Golden-voiced..."

The sun whispers to the ocean in golden-voiced tones on evenings like these.

Summer’s warmth falls onto the bare skin of the earth as the air is punctuated by the sounds of distant laughter and birds.

And the city fades into the haze like a nostalgic thought carried away by an all too familiar melody.

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I had a bit of a camera tragedy a few weeks back. My beloved Sony SLT-A55 stopped working. It’s currently being looked at by Sony and I have had the pleasure of using a Sony SLT-A77 (the image in this post was taken with it) as a loaner camera until the end of the month which has been nothing short of magical. I plan on doing a write-up later this week regarding how the Sony SLT- A55 compares to the Sony SLT- A77.



New York Photography: Coney Island beach sunset. Brooklyn.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #coneyisland   #sunset   #landscape   #beach   #sun   #summer   #brooklyn  Photo: "Urban planets and stars..."

The city is comprised of so many tiny urban worlds: planets and stars that inhabit a larger universe. Until I understood that fact about New York City, I couldn’t properly begin to understand how to explore it.

When you spend your days looking out of any number of windows in a city as large as New York City, the urban world seems to shrink to include only the views that you are accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.

Therefore, when you come across a view that takes you out of your small urban frame of reference and plants you outside of that view and outside of yourself for a few moments, it’s a bit like finally coming to an understanding that the world you inhabit daily is just part of a larger picture.

And as your universe expands when you stand on a rooftop gazing out onto the planets and stars that populate its view, pieces of you expand along with it and you are changed forever.



New York Photography: Chelsea rooftops over the midtown skyline.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #skyline   #cityscape   #landscape   #urbanlandscape   #city   #urban   #architecture   #writing   #prose  Photo: "Kissed by the sun..."

I love it when the sun touches the tops of the buildings in New York City on its evening descent. Its light spreads through every part of the city casting the most beautiful glow.


This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here: http://instaprints.com/profiles/newyorklens.html 



New York Photography: Sunset over the FDR Drive and New York City skyline



for +iPhoneography Friday  Curated by +Jose Vazquez  and +Christianna Pierce 



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I have been thinking a lot about different visions of New York City a lot lately. I had an interesting interview for a project I am being considered for a few weeks ago where I found myself talking about what I try to convey about New York City with my photography and writing.

It was interesting to talk about it face to face (over Skype) rather than write about it because in a sort of stream of consciousness way I had to explain to someone who had never been to New York City how I try to show how I experience New York City on a regular basis via my own views of it colored by falling in love with a combination of streetscapes in classic film noir cinema, futuristic sci-fi city environments in literature and film, and years of traversing New York City on foot.

A few nights ago, I watched a documentary about Woody Allen and there was a segment in it that resonated with me deeply which is no surprise since I am a huge fan of the Annie Hall and Manhattan era Woody Allen films. Martin Scorcese, the director of masterpieces such as: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Gangs of New York talks about Woody Allen’s extreme nostalgia for the present that is evident in Allen’s film Manhattan. He states that for Woody Allen it is as if New York City is constantly alive and continually evolving but Allen’s New York City is an entirely different planet from his own. The documentary switches over to Woody Allen who then states: “I wanted to show New York in a very beautiful way, the way I see it. I never had any interest in showing it except through my rose colored glasses; my romanticized view of it.”

There is definitely a romanticized element that is evident in my photography of New York City. When I walk from my apartment on the Lower East Side through Chinatown and Soho or up through the East Village towards midtown, I am bombarded with memories and desire to capture the fragments of life and architecture that, for me, tug at the visions of New York City I have in my own mind. I hope that one day if and when I have the means to travel I will be able to do the same which each place I explore and experience.



New York Photography: Financial District



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #urban   #manhattan   #financialdistrict   #dog   #dogwalking   #writing   #sepia  Photo: "...this was still a town that existed in black and white..."

“Chapter one. “

“He adored New York City.
He idolized it all out of proportion. “

Uh, no. Make that “He romanticized it
all out of proportion. “

“To him,
no matter what the season was,

this was still a town
that existed in black and white

and pulsated to the great tunes
of George Gershwin. “

If there is one opening sequence in cinema that perfectly illustrates even a tiny iota of the overwhelming love I have for New York City, it’s the opening sequence to Woody Allen’s Manhattan which you can view here: Manhattan (Opening) . I know that people have very definite ideas about Woody Allen but his early body of work still contains some of my favorite interpretations of life in Manhattan and this particular opening still chokes me up absolutely every time I watch it especially the montage from 1:52 on. I actually learned how to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the piano when I was younger almost entirely because of this opening sequence :).

I was asked a while ago if I ever get bored or jaded about certain views or landscapes in New York City. I didn’t really know how to answer the question without sounding like a blubbering idiot. I know many people seem to get bored of overly-photographed parts of New York City but for me, there is always something new and something special imparted to these landscapes based on each individual artist’s perspective.

The photo in this post is of a landscape that overwhelms me every time I lay eyes on it (I posted a phone photo of it last night to Facebook which prompted me to dig through my archives of regular photos of it).  For me, this scene encompasses a feeling that is hard to express entirely in words. It’s how the light falls onto the Manhattan Bridge embracing its architecture in a glow while the skyline gracefully pushes through the dreamy haze distilling the essence of New York City down to its purest forms of hope, beauty and possibility.



New York Photography: The New York City skyline and the Manhattan Bridge



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #bridge   #landscape   #urban   #city   #cityscape   #woodyallen   #writing   #skyline   #newyorkcityskyline  Photo: "Night's afterglow..."

Through the sky’s shadowed embrace, the sun pulls back the curtain of night.

And the earth basking in night’s afterglow stirs slowly under the sun’s radiance as each tree awakens to the promise a new day.



New York Photography: Sun through a weeping cherry blossom tree.



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In the light of the afternoon, the city stretches out across its bridges into the promise of evening’s suggestion of night.


This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here: http://instaprints.com/profiles/newyorklens.html 



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #brooklynbridge   #blackandwhite   #mobilephotography   #phonephotography   #iphone   #iphoneography   #iphonography   #city  Photo: "The New York City skyline in silhouette at sunset..."

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Night pulls its blanket of darkness across the sky as the sun pours the last of its gold over the city.

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A client requested an 8 foot wide version of this panorama this past weekend. While my main online New York City photography store has this image: http://goo.gl/89s56 (along with some of my other panoramas), the lab I use there which is quite wonderful doesn’t print up to those dimensions.

Thankfully, another place that I sell my photography online was able to accommodate such a request. Here it is there:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/new-york-city-skyline-at-sunset-panorama-vivienne-gucwa.html

I am very happy that the requested large version will be on its way to that awesome person soon!

If anyone has requests like this, I always do my best to try to accommodate. To contact me about a request or to ask a question, feel free to email me at my business email: photos@nythroughthelens.com



New York Photography: New York City Skyline at sunset.



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And out of the earth rose the monoliths: giant world pillars rising up to greet the sun and sky.

As the sun kissed their spires with its luminous glow, the shadows embraced the streets below.



New York Photography: The Chrysler Building.



This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:  http://1-vivienne-gucwa.instaprints.com/ 



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #mobilephotography   #surreal   #surrealism   #poetry   #prose   #writing   #light   #architecture   #chryslerbuilding  Photo: "Speed of light..."

Times Square is its own universe.

It’s New York City filtered through cinematic dreams and commercially-tinged aspirations wrapped up in flashing lights and colorful billboards. There is a familiarity to it that is tinged with a wild-eyed estranged quality that makes it all the more alluring.

And when a yellow New York City taxi cab drives by at the speed of light under all the flashing lights, it’s hard not to smile.

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Taken with a Sony a99 using the Miniature setting creative style. The Sony a99 has around twenty different creative styles and while I usually shoot in RAW format and do my editing after the fact, I have to say that the Miniature setting was just way too fun to play with especially in Times Square! The results are similar to a Tilt Shift Lens (or I suppose a Lens Baby as well) and you can adjust where you want the focus and blur to end up.



New York Photography: Times Square at night.



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When no one is looking, the trees dance.

With their limbs outstretched and their blossoms blush-pink and white in the heat of the sun’s glow, they whirl gracefully with each and every pirouette.

And the wind hold their limbs close to its heart twirling them around whispering utterances of love on every warm breeze.



New York Photography: Cherry blossoms on trees in the sun. Brooklyn.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #brooklyn   #nature   #landscape   #flora   #trees   #cherryblossoms   #cherrytrees   #poetry   #writing  Photo: "Flight..."

Driven by an imagination stirred by visions Batman flying through Gotham, I used to have vivid dreams when I was younger of flying through the skyscrapers that are part of the midtown Manhattan skyline.

This cluster of skyscrapers is one of my favorites. These buildings seem to huddle together in a solemn solidarity: titans comprised of multitudes of urban aspirations.



New York Photography: The skyscrapers of the New York City skyline from above.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #architecture   #skyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattan   #city   #cityscape   #landscape   #urban   #urbanphotography   #urbanlandscape   #cityscapephotography  Photo: "Glow..."

There are days when blossoms catch glints of sunlight on their petals that sway slowly in warm breezes.

On these days, it is as if the sun has exploded in the sky raining its light down to the earth below.

And the trees hold their branches out like eager tongues waiting to catch the first snowflakes of winter.



New York Photography: Weeping cherry blossoms illuminated by the sun. Brooklyn.



Also for #natureartthursday   by +Dane Clingan  and +Trisha Standard 



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #brooklyn   #cherryblossoms   #weepingcherryblossoms   #reflection   #pond   #poetry   #prose   #writing   #beautiful   #nature   #trees  Photo: "Nocturne..."

Over glistening cobblestones in the haze of summer heat, the twinkling lights of oncoming cars cast their glow like fireflies in a dense urban forest.

As somnambulists glide over uneven paths, the wind plays a nocturne.

This is when the city dreams.



New York Photography - Cobblestones at night, Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #poetry   #prose   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #night   #romance   #romantic   #cobblestone   #centralpark   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography  Photo: "Remains from a past left behind long ago..."

Old metropolises stood partially intact - lit with a colorful glow that emanated from crowded skies: remains from a future that soared past the earth.

The skies were dark with the exhaust of sky-borne vehicles and burned out stars: remains from a present littered behind the future.

And under the left-over sky-rubble, old architecture rose from the ground stubbornly: remains from a past left behind long ago.

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This is not a phone photo. This is an ongoing side project: surreal future-dystopian (and utopian) cityscapes incorporating iconic NYC architecture and landscapes: part of a larger and strange sort of New York fairy tale series that I am imagining that takes place in the future.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotograpy   #nyc   #manhattan   #brooklynbridge   #architecture   #colorful   #colorfulphotography   #scifi   #dystopia   #dystopianphotography   #surreal   #future   #futuristic   #futuristicimages   #writing  Photo: "Lego..."

From above, the Flatiron Building (in the middle of this photo) looks like a tiny little lego piece: one piece in a set of thousands that make up all the toy buildings in midtown Manhattan.

Still going through the hundreds of photos I took a few weeks back from the top of the Empire State Building. It was such a beautiful day and the sun created the most beautiful shadows that lined the streets below. Hopefully, in a few weeks I will start posting my regular photography from that day but for now here is a phone photo. :)



New York Photography:  The New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan including the Flatiron Building.



This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera+. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my mobile photography on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #cityscape   #urban   #mobilephotography   #mobilemonday   #iphoneography   #iphonography   #flatironbuilding  Photo: "Holiday decorations in New York City..."

Happy holidays everyone!!

I eagerly wait for December because I know that Rockefeller Center and surrounding areas of midtown Manhattan will be dolled up in their holiday finest. Tree branches are entirely ensconced with holiday lights, giant ornaments sit stop golden fountains and even street food vendors go out of their way to accessorize their food stands with holiday decorations.

This display close to Rockefeller Center is one of my favorites. It’s a New York City holiday decoration extravaganza. It sits across from Radio City Music Hall (home of the Rockettes and Radio City Christmas Spectacular) on 6th Avenue and is absolutely gorgeous at night. Giant red ornament balls sit on a fountain which is surrounded by trees ensconced in holiday lights.





New York Photography: 6th Avenue holiday decorations at night



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Tags: #photography   #happyholidays      #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #manhattan   #winter   #night   #christmas   #holidaydecorations   #christmas2012   #nycchristmas   #newyorkchristmas   #nycholidaydecorations   #newyorkholidaydecorations   #6thavenue   #ornaments   #xmas   #xmas2012   #nycxmas   #newyorkxmas   #xmasdecorationsnyc  Photo: "Dizzying heights..."

Rising up from the density of the urban landscape, giant stalagmites formed by the downward flow of steel and concrete from somewhere high up in the clouds assert their presence.

Reaching towards the dizzying heights where dreams reside, these monoliths guide all city dweller’s dreams upward like lighthouses in an urban sea.



New York Photography: The New York City skyline and the Empire State Building.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #skyline   #newyorkcityskyline   #landscape   #architecture   #urban   #city   #cityscape   #nycskyline  Photo: "Romance..."

Sometimes there are moments that are so beautiful that they leave imprints on your heart forever.



New York Photography: Red umbrellas and boats. Bow Bridge, Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #romantic   #bowbridge   #bridge   #manhattan   #beautiful   #boats  Photo: "Limitless possibility..."

As the sun gently wakes the buildings from their nightly slumber, they open their glassy eyes wide to reveal the memories of last night’s dreams of open skies and limitless possibility.
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I have been waiting to hear back regarding something really, really big that I found out about last week after having a lengthy Skype meeting with someone thousands of miles away from me. This is the sort of something that I don’t think I have wished so much for in my whole life and something I really hope will happen. The anticipation of finding out has been intense and I can only hope that it pans out. Believe me, if it does, I will post about it everywhere!



New York Photography: Trump World Tower. Midtown.



This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:  http://1-vivienne-gucwa.instaprints.com/ 



For #mobilemonday curated by +Sinead Sam McKeown 



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #surreal   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #iphone   #iphone4s   #skyscraper   #art   #architecture  Photo: "The seduction of the sky..."

When the sky seduces the city with its tears of happiness, the streets swoon illuminated by the glow of nearby lights.

Broken-hearted alleys fill up: lovers with empty recesses in their hearts soak in the warm afterglow of what the sky has wrought.



New York Photography - Doyers Street, Chinatown in the rain.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #manhattan   #chinatown   #alley   #manhattan   #street   #nycstreet   #rain   #nycrain   #poetry   #prose   #writing  Photo: "Transience..."

The inherent romance that pulses through the city at night grows stronger in the summer.

Lamp posts and surfaces weary from the noonday sun glisten in the moonlight while night breezes carry the whispers of lovers along slowly and deliberately.



New York Photography: Washington Square Park fountain. Greenwich Village.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography   #washingtonsquarepark   #writing   #poetry   #prose   #manhattan   #summer   #romantic   #romance  Photo: "Treasure chest..."

There are streets that I revisit with regularity. These streets seem to call me back again and again. Tucked away and nearly hidden, they are treasure chests that open to reveal a wealth of nostalgia with every passing season. I used to come to this particular street quite a bit but it wasn’t until a year or so ago that I learned about its history.

The street sits on land that in the 18th century was part of a large farm that contained private stables used by the families of men such as nineteenth century architect Richard Morris Hunt, John Taylor Johnston who was the founding president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art , and Pierre Lorillard who was a prominent American tobacco manufacturer.

In the first half of the 20th century, a community of about 200 painters and sculptors flourished on this particular street and another adjoining street in the area. In 1903, a reporter for the New York Tribune wrote: “One finds a strange mixture of bales of hay and enormous blocks of marble, boxes of plaster and barrels of oats littering the roadways. Truckmen in greasy jumpers touch elbows now and then with the sculptors in their clay spattered working garb.”

One of the more prominent artists who had a studio on this beautiful street was Edward Hopper. Edward Hopper lived close to Washington Mews at 3 Washington Square starting in December 1913 until his death in 1967.



New York Photography: Washington Mews, Greenwich Village.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #cityscape   #urban   #history   #manhattan   #greenwichvillage   #cobblestone  Photo: "Transported..."

I fall in love with this city every day.

It’s the little things that build up to create an imprint: an imprint that etches itself permanently to my heart.

Certain streets transport me to different eras and even different places in the world. I turn a corner and I am suddenly transported to Paris or Prague or a multitude of places that I have never had the pleasure of exploring (yet).

And it’s these streets that make me well up with enough love to last a lifetime.



This is my weekly mobile photography post. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:  http://1-vivienne-gucwa.instaprints.com/  



New York Photography: Summer on Rivington Street, Lower East Side.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphone4s   #iphoneography   #phonephotography   #lowereastside   #summer   #nyc   #manhattan   #writing  Photo: #myfirstpost   - "Stairways to the sky..."

When I was younger, I thought that the fire escapes on this part of Broadway were staircases that led right up to the sky: modern-day beanstalks for all urban Jacks (of Jack and the Beanstalk). It was as if there was a whole other city up there in the blinding sunlight only accessible to those clever enough to climb up the stairs.

I still like to imagine that this is the case.



My first ever photo post here on Google Plus was a link of this photo along with my initial assessments of Google Plus back on July 7, 2011. You can find my thoughts about Google Plus on that day here:  http://goo.gl/h3w7f  (and if you are curious, here is my first G+ photo link post: http://goo.gl/xRy24 ).

My conclusion at that time about Google Plus was: "this is a possible game-changer". I have to say it has lived up to that first impression. :)



New York Photography: Broadway buildings in the sun. Soho.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #manhattan   #happybirthdaygoogleplus   #newyorkcityphotography   #architecture   #nycarchitecture   #fireescapes   #sun   #writing   #firstpostongoogle +   #firstpostongoogleplus   #myfirstpostong +  Photo: "Embers..."

In autumn, sun drips down like melted gold on tree limbs decorated in the finest foliage.

The earth, chilled by the memory of winter, holds onto the sun’s light with hands outstretched as each ray slips through its fingers like fine sand.

As bitingly cool air brushes past flushed faces, every bit of sunlight clings to the earth like embers fallen from a powerful fire.

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I love the brisk quality of light in the autumn especially in the evenings. It’s as if the sun is trying to penetrate through past winter all the way forward into spring.



New York Photography: Autumn sunset in Central Park.



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There is a beautiful tension in the juxtaposition between the flowers that grow along the High Line and the distinctly urban views that exist beyond the High Line. The High Line is an elevated park that runs along 10th Avenue all the way from midtown down to the heart of the meatpacking district. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. Flowers and plant life now breathe life into this space that was once dominated by industry.

Perhaps that is why it sometimes has a vaguely post-apocalyptic feel. The scenery calls to mind I am Legend’s fictional world where urban settings which were once thriving hubs of industry are now dominated by the plant life that had been suppressed for years under the weight of urban life.



New York Photography: High Line flowers, Chelsea.



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #highline   #highlinepark   #highlineflowers   #urban   #city   #manhattan   #chelsea   #flowers   #flora   #flowerphotography   #fireescapes  Photo: #PlusOneCollection 

New York Photography - The Manhattan Bridge and the New York City skyline

I have stated many times in conversation and online that photography found me a few years ago and I found, in turn, that photography and writing are two of my biggest passions in this world. This image inhabits a very special place in my heart and it’s why I chose it to accompany a post a few months back which was all about how and when I started taking photos - http://goo.gl/O2lyr .

It was taken near the tail-end of a storm back in May of 2011. It had rained only an hour before I made my way across the Brooklyn Bridge and as the sun started to set over New York City, the storm clouds parted just enough to allow the most magnificent amount of sunlight wash over the Manhattan Bridge. As the rest of the New York City skyline faded into the languid haze in behind the gorgeously lit bridge, I knew right then and there that photography was something that made me feel more alive and at one with myself than anything else in the world.

I am submitting this photo to the +Best of 2011 - G+ Photography Book which is a photography book created by the Google Plus community for charity arranged by +Ivan Makarov . I can’t think of a more perfect image to submit.



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Tags: #plusonecollection #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #manhattanbridge #nyc #manhattan #sunset #architecture #bridge #hazePhoto: "Monolith of a distant past..."

We kept pieces of the old cities in place to remind us of a time when we were bound to the earth.

Their buildings stood empty yet proud: monoliths constructed in a time when wonder could be extracted from the tiniest of glimpses into an unexplored sky.

They stood there: remnants of times when white clouds were all that was plentiful and when our faces replicated themselves temporarily onto their gleaming facades.

While the rest of the world pushed forward under red skies dotted with emulsified exhaust, we stopped to take in a view of a distant past.

And I scratched our memories into the sky with an old key.
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This is not a phone photo. This is a side project: surreal future-dystopian (and utopian) cityscapes incorporating iconic NYC architecture and landscapes.



New York Photography: Chrysler Building. 



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #chryslerbuilding   #architecture   #surreal   #surrealism   #scifi   #dystopian   #poetry   #future   #manhattan  Photo: "Transient longevity..."

Kissed by the sun, the day lingers long into the night.

Earth devours every last bit of of light as trees sway with their graceful branches adorned by summer’s heavy garlands.

And the glow of daylight’s promises basks in its transient longevity.



New York Photography: Conservatory Garden, Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #centralpark   #newyorkcityphotography   #landscape   #writing   #poetry   #prose   #trees   #centralparktrees   #summer  Photo: "Lighthouse..."

The Empire State Building always seems to stand out when viewing certain cross-sections of the New York City skyline. I have always imagined it to be an urban lighthouse helping all urban wanderers navigate through the dense sea of buildings that surround its distinctive shape.

This vantage point is from a rooftop located as far west as you can possibly go in Chelsea before landing in the Hudson River.



New York Photography: The Empire State Building and the New York City skyline.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #architecture   #landscape   #urban   #city   #cityscape   #empirestatebuilding  Photo: "Bated breath..."

While the last of summer’s sun pours itself onto the earth touching the ocean with its warmth, autumn waits with bated breath lingering above in the blue of the sky.


New York Photography: Sunset on the beach at Coney Island. Brooklyn.


This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera +. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:http://instaprints.com/profiles/newyorklens.html



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #beach   #landscape   #sunset   #ocean   #summer   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #mobilephotography   #iphone   #coneyisland   #coneyislandbeach  Photo: The beginning of Hurricane Sandy on Monday morning - New York City 

This is a view looking down Delancey Street towards the Williamsburg Bridge on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Usually there are tons of cars and traffic at this time of morning coming off and going on to the bridge. I assume the bridges will be shut down at some point this afternoon. For now, a few cars are passing over the bridge. The winds are kicking up and the rain is a light mist.

Just went out to see if anything was open (it was: Dunkin Donuts on Delancey!). It’s quite a scene out there already though. In my apartment now waiting for the worst to hit this afternoon.

In case you missed my earlier post, you can catch me on my Twitter: http://twitter.com/Vivnsect  -  mainly until the middle of this week unless I have to go out for some completely insane reason (hoping the power stays on!)



New York photography  - Hurricane Sandy, Lower East Side, New York City.


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Tags: #hurricanesandy   #hurricanesandynyc   #sandy   #frankenstorm   #nyc   #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #lowereastside   #williamsburgbridge   #storm   #mobilemonday   #mobilephotography   #iphoneography   #iphonography     #moodymonday  Photo: "Charm..."

I came across this beautiful purple door recently while walking around Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. I have discussed my extreme brownstone envy in previous posts here: http://goo.gl/n2Bwh . But this entrance took that heart skipping envy to a whole new level. As if brownstones in Brooklyn couldn’t get any more charming!

This is my weekly mobile photography post. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:  http://1-vivienne-gucwa.instaprints.com/ 



I have made the decision to stop segregating my phone photography to another album because quite honestly I feel as passionately about it as I do my regular photography.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #brooklyn   #architecture   #purple   #home   #door   #mobilephotography   #phonephotography   #iphonography   #iphone4s   #instagram   #beautiful  Photo: "History's glow..."

One of my favorite views of the Empire State Building is from a vantage point in lower Manhattan. My breath is momentarily taken away every time I come across the Empire State Building’s spire jutting out in the distance framed by the Little Italy’s architecture.

Little Italy is a small area in downtown Manhattan. Currently inhabiting a tiny section of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Streets the area recalls a rich history of immigration. Many late 19th century and early 20th century tenements still line the streets and what is left of the area emanates a tremendous amount of history.

Immigrants from Italy first settled in the neighborhood called Five Points in the 1850s, finally spreading north into what is now referred to as Little Italy in the 1880s. The Five Points neighborhood was New York’s original and most notorious slum. Located a few blocks below Canal at Baxter Street the neighborhood teemed with gangs, prostitutes, and criminals. A target for reformers of all stripes and an embarrassment to civic planners, the dark and airless tenements of the Five Points were finally demolished in an early urban renewal effort and in their place rose newer buildings which still stand today (and can be seen in this photo). Little Italy has lately been colonized by Chinatown in its southern parts and its northern reaches now host upscale boutiques, bars and restaurants. The remnants of the original Little Italy can be found around Mulberry Street and Mott Street.

Some interesting film trivia: key scenes from The Godfather were filmed in Little Italy. These include the christening scene, in which Coppola’s family members acted as extras, and the set representing the interior of the Genco Olive Oil company, which was built on the fourth floor of an old loft building at 128 Mott Street, at the corner of Hester Street.



New York Photography: Little Italy and the Empire State Building.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #history   #writing   #city   #cityscape   #urban   #empirestatebuilding   #architecture   #manhattan  Photo: Angry Hurricane Sandy storm clouds over the Lower East Side, New York City

Had to go out and pick up a few essential last minute items. This was the scene I saw on the way back to my apartment. Those clouds are pretty ominous!

In case you missed my earlier post, you can catch me on my Twitter: http://twitter.com/Vivnsect  - until the middle of this week unless I have to go out for some completely insane reason.



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Tags: #sandy   #hurricanesandy   #frankenstorm   #frankenstormed   #monsterstorm   #hurricane2012   #hurricane   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #mobilephotography   #iphoneography   #iphonography   #lowereastside   #hurricanesandynyc   #storm   #stormclouds  Photo: Shooting New York City, with heart, art, and soul

I am really excited and proud to share this with everyone! An article all about my photography was just published online which covers how I got started with photography, how I feel about NYC, and my thoughts about the difficulty of monetizing art online.

Here is the link to the article/interview:
http://digitaljournal.com/article/326769 

Enjoy!



New York Photography: The New York City skyline.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #digitaljournal   #viviennegucwa   #manhattan   #newyorkcityphotography   #writing   #viviennegucwaphotography  Photo: "Song of the willows..."

When the summer sun has drifted low into the sky after every bit of earth has been soaked in its warm splendor, the trees hang their heads down in mournful remembrance of winter’s impending icy touch.

And the willows play a slow and deliberate adagio to accompany the last of summer’s lovers on the sweetest sun-kissed wings of the wind.



New York Photography: Row boats at The Lake in Central Park.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #centralpark   #centralparktrees   #landscape   #beautiful   #poetry   #prose   #writing   #boats   #summer  Photo: "Front row seats..."

The skyscrapers clamor to watch night after night, from their front row seat, as the sun’s light dances across the river.



New York Photography:  The New York City skyline at sunset as seen from the East River.



This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera+. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my mobile photography on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



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Tags: #photography   #mobilephotography   #iphoneography   #iphonography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #city   #sunset   #landscape   #nycsunset   #newyorkcitysunset  Photo: "Sunny's..."

There are streets and places that feel as if they have been taken out another time. They seem to exist independently of the world around them as fragments of history that have somehow made it into the present.

Sunny’s is a 120 year old saloon that is located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a neighborhood of New York City that has quite a colorful history. The bar is named after Antonio “Sunny” Balzano who was born in 1934 in the deep red brick apartment right next to the bar. Growing up near the waterfront in Red Hook in the 1940s, he would play alongside ship cargo and after surviving violent street brawls in the 1950s and the crime of the 1980s, he became the owner of the bar that neighbored the apartment where his life unfolded through the years.

The bar was originally run by Sunny’s uncle where it revolved around the shipping industry. Longshoremen were the main clientele back then. When Sunny moved back home in the 1980s to take over the operations at the bar, the neighborhood was a shell of what it used to be. The shipping industry had moved its operations across the harbor to New Jersey and for quite a few years the streets remained quiet and Sunny operated the bar just to keep it open for a few neighborhood regulars.

Red Hook has since changed as it has been embraced by both developers, the arts community and families looking to settle down in a quiet part of Brooklyn. Sunny’s still exists though, a testament to Red Hook’s colorful history.

- History pieced together from “Sunny’s Wonderful Saloon”  New York Times By Wendell Jameison, October 2002



New York Photography: Sunny's Bar, Red Hook, Brooklyn.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #history   #writing   #brooklyn   #redhook   #bar   #city   #urban  Photo: "Urban nature..."

The wildflowers that grow along the High Line Park are some of my favorite flowers in New York City. Greenery has a way of thriving in this elevated park due to the nature of the buildings that line the old railroad tracks which cast shade on certain sections while other sections bask in direct sunlight daily.

In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. The shaded areas are brimming with colorful flowers and plant life that has claimed its home here breathing life into this space that was once dominated by industry.



New York Photography: Wildflowers along the High Line Park, Chelsea.




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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #highline   #highlinepark   #flowers   #floral   #urban   #city   #cityscape  Photo: "Streets of summer gold..."

The first whispers of summer are carried on warm breezes urged on by the sun as it stretches itself out from under the faintest cover of clouds.

As cobblestone streets soak up each and every last bit of golden summer sunlight the buildings glow like fiery embers in the sun’s wake.



New York Photography: Sunset in Tribeca.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #sunset   #urban   #city   #cityscape   #cobblestone   #manhattan   #prose   #writing   #poetry  Photo: "Summer heat on the #4thofJuly "

It’s a gorgeous, hot summer day today. This was taken a little less than an hour ago here on the Lower East Side. The sunlight was so intense beaming down on what are some of my favorite buildings here in the neighborhood.

For everyone celebrating, have a very happy and safe Fourth of July!

This is photo was taken with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here:http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here: http://instacanv.as/newyorklens 



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Tags: #mobilephotography   #iphone   #iphoneography   #iphonography   #phonephotography   #streetphotography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #lowereastside   #summer  Photo: "Deluge of light..."

The summer sun washes over the city one last time as storm clouds gather overhead in congress with themselves over when they should rain their praise down from the sky.

Wild flowers swayed by the whispers of the wind take one last look at the urban landscape as it glows in the sun's deluge of light waiting for the sky to quench their thirst.



I love the drama that plays out in the sky before a storm especially when viewed alongside the buildings that make up the Chelsea skyline as viewed from the High Line. Tiny tenements stand in the shadow of towering older buildings with ornate architecture which are framed by the more modern architecture and the water towers stand proudly against the sky like beacons.



New York Photography: Chelsea buildings as seen from the High Line.



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Tags: #photography   #Nyc   #Newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #highline   #highlinepark   #chelsea   #manhattan   #writing   #prose   #architecture   #skyline   #cityscape   #summer  Photo: "The forceful pull..."

We melt under the heat of the sun exposing the frail and weathered sinews that bind us together,

leaving us to be picked apart by so many birds of prey.

Yet, as we implode - shattered by the forceful pull of dreams and memory - into a ball of melted wax,

it’s the weight of the air that keeps us whole.

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This amazing mural is the work of South African artist faith47. It’s called [the weight of air]. The words above are my own.

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This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera +. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my mobile photography on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyc   #streetart   #mural   #eastvillage   #night   #poetry  Photo: "Supernova..."

There is nothing quite like the intensity of seeing the sun spread it’s light like wildfire through the streets of midtown Manhattan. The red light glows with the ferocity of a supernova showering its splendor onto the urban landscape.

In honor of tonight’s Manhattanhenge sunset which may or may not be hidden by storm clouds since New York City’s weather has been highly unpredictable and stormy as of late, this is a photo I took exactly a year ago during last year’s Manhattanhenge. The buildings in this photo are the buildings in Times Square (you can make out the Madame Tussauds sign).

Manhattanhenge is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

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I was really overwhelmed by the response to my post yesterday about the difficulties of monetizing photography (or anything) online: http://goo.gl/n9e9c . I posted it, thought about deleting it more than a dozen times, walked away for a few hours last night to get some things done and came back to a flood of responses. I am mostly floored by the experiences shared with me that are so similar in scope to what I have been through.

I will reply to all the comments and emails today and tomorrow when I have the time. I wrote the post because I saw a lack of discourse on the painful realities of social media and online marketing. I didn’t realize how much it would resonate with people. Thank you so much to all who weighed in on the discussion.



New York Photography: Manhattanhenge sunset overlooking Times Square.



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Tags: #photography #manhattanhenge #newyorkcity #nyc #sunset #timessquare #newyorkcityphotography #manhattan #city #cityscape #urban #lightPhoto: "Density..."

In my last post I wrote about streets that, for me, fill in the image of New York City that exists in my mind. These are streets that represent so much more than merely a geographical spot. These streets are the embodiment of a core concept that has defined New York City for many decades. The sheer density of people that grace these streets with their presence seem to imbue streets like these with the weight of their aspirations.

New York City has always been a destination for those seeking a generalized concept of a better life. As an economic lighthouse and representation of (the steadily crumbling concept of) the American Dream, New York City has attracted people from all over the world especially during the last century.

I grew up the child of an immigrant to the United States. My mother’s family fled Eastern Europe after World War II. They (including her) were victims of the war; concentration camp and labor camp survivors who carried with them mental scars so deep that it took years for them to gain even a small modicum of a foothold here.

I have always felt disconnected from her experience though. My mother who wanted her children to blend in rather than stick out as she did when she immigrated here, did her best to give me and my brothers a fairly normal American childhood where we grew up in Queens. It wasn’t until a decade ago when I started to ask her about her own immigration story after starting to delve into my own fascination with the history of New York City that I started to understand the gravity of what it means to come to a place like New York City with little more than a massive amount of dreams.

And so, shortly after moving to the Lower East Side from elsewhere in Manhattan I came across this street (the one in this photo) since it sits in a neighborhood that borders the Lower East Side and Chinatown and it felt as if I could finally understand what it must have been like for my mother and for all those who came here to America with eyes full of hope.

It’s not that my mother settled here in this neighborhood specifically. But rather that it’s as if this street has been steeped in a time when the world and New York City was a different place, one that held out vast amounts of heady fortune in its outstretched hands. The world has changed quite a bit since my mother first set foot here. It’s harder (dare I say almost completely difficult) to come here with next to nothing and make a decent life for yourself. The hands are still held out but they are no longer outstretched for everyone.

When I look at this street today, I see many of the original tenements that were standing one hundred years ago when waves of immigrants came to New York City following their own hazy image of what New York City embodied in their minds and those who traverse this street today are not so far removed from my mother who traversed the streets of New York City for many decades.

It’s as if, for the few minutes that I spend gazing at this street below (as I often do), I am connected in a deeper way to all of the dreamers that called and still call New York City their home.



New York Photography: East Broadway tenements, Chinatown.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #manhattan #chinatown #lowereastside #twobridges #architecture #urban #city #cityscape #writingPhoto: "Dream-sketched into existence..."

There are certain views in the city that seem to have embedded themselves in my mind over time.

This view, is one of those types of views. When I think of some of the first times I noticed the Chrysler Building when I was much younger, this is the view that immediately springs out of the recesses of my memory. I can’t quite remember the first time I took in this view but I also can’t remember viewing the Chrysler Building from any other vantage point when I think back on my first impressionable views of the iconic art deco masterpiece of architecture.

It’s as if this portion of the city didn’t exist until I saw it in this exact way as if once I laid eyes on this scene, my mind dream-sketched it into existence.

Perhaps that’s how we all form our own significant impressions of our surroundings. The memorable bits inhabit a place in our minds where they can spring forth when thinking of a certain place: a treasure chest of imagery that sits in our minds waiting for us to open it with our eyes.

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This particular view is adjacent to Bryant Park on 42nd Street. The sloped building in the foreground is the W.R. Grace Building which was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1974. When I was little I used to imagine how awesome it would be to slide down the facade of the building. It turns out, I wasn’t the only one who imagined such a thing. In 2007, the Grace Building was featured in the 2007 Marvel Comics motion picture Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The Silver Surfer, pursued by the Human Torch, surfs down the south face of The Grace Building, imploding windows in his cosmic-energy wake.



New York Photography: The W.R. Grace Building and the Chrysler Building.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #blackandwhite   #chryslerbuilding   #gracebuilding   #architecture   #city   #urban   #manhattan   #writing  Photo: "Manhattanhenge..."

This was taken during last year's Manhattanhenge sunset.The experience was rather intense. Even though I got to the overpass an hour and a half before sunset, I was told that many photographers had set up their equipment as early as 3 pm. When the sun started its very dramatic descent all that could be heard was the sound of cameras clicking away. It's definitely a phenomenon I don't plan to ever skip now that I have experienced it.

While the sun's dramatic dip only lasts for a few minutes, it's enough to take one's breath away for the entire duration. The city is bathed in the light from the sun and the most beautiful red glow is cast through the streets.

Manhattanhenge is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.



New York Photography: Manhattanhenge sunset, Tudor City Overpass and 42nd Street



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #sunset #manhattanhenge #manhattan #chryslerbuildingPhoto: "Sidewalk shores..."

As rain falls onto the city’s buildings, a sea of umbrellas washes up to sidewalk shores as streets glisten with light and promise.


This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:  http://1-vivienne-gucwa.instaprints.com/  



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(This is dedicated to my friend +Lee Daniels . #happythoughtsforleedaniels )

Clouds, which once covered the sky like a thick, dark purple blanket open slowly to reveal the blue hues that breathe life into the day.

And as the sun’s flame dips closer to the horizon, its scintillating luster reaches up to the clouds.

For, you see, the sun only disappears temporarily to make way for the moon and stars that blush white-hot in thoughts of its splendor.



New York Photography: The New York City skyline at sunset.



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Photo: "Contentment..."

On summer days like this, the bright summer sun barely cuts through the branches of trees canopies that line the street while brownstones and bicycles revel in the cool shade.

Some people flee the city in the summer, preferring cooler climates free of hot cement. For me, there is nothing that comes close to summer in the city.

It’s true that often the air is held captive by the high heat and the sun scorches the pavement but when a breeze is allowed free rein to fly through the trees, something magical happens.

Streets breathe a sigh of relief and warm tones of muted sunlight cast upon buildings languishing in the shade inspire smiles of contentment.



New York Photography: Perry Street, Greenwich Village.



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Where does the city’s memory imprint itself?

Is it imprinted on the concrete of sidewalks weathered by world-weary feet? Is it imprinted in the foundations of the skyscrapers that scratch the surface of the sky connecting the sidewalks below to loftier aspirations? Is it imprinted in the people whose lives unfold frenetically over the vast urban landscapes that stretch across the city like veins and arteries? Is it imprinted in the transportation systems that contract and expand like ligaments and tendons, flexing their way through the corporeal terrain?

Or is the city’s memory imprinted on elements that only peripherally stake their claim on such a grandiose landscape?

In the petals of flowers, freshly opened and unfettered by permanence, the city effortlessly makes an impression like pressing a hand into soft flesh or falling slowly into a cloud.



New York Photography: Echinacea coneflowers in bloom along the High Line elevated park in Chelsea.



For #floralfriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner 



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #highline #highlinepark #flowers #flowerphotography #echinacea #writing #prosePhoto: "Proud..."

Out of the shadows, the city rises proudly into the sunlight that casts its glow on the structures borne out of the aspirations and hopes of urban dreamers.


New York Photography: The Flatiron Building.


This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera + and Snapseed. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



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There are moments that remain etched into time: moments that aren’t easily forgotten no matter how much time passes between the yawning gaps in between memory and dreaming.

The ability to capture uniquely experienced moments is at the core of photography. Cameras become jars with which to capture moments that flicker like fireflies.

Photographers are moment collectors and dream catchers.

Every collected moment and every captured dreamscape is the result of the tiny flicker that catches the photographer’s eye in such a profound way that it becomes an impossible feat to deny the urge to embrace the moment by capturing it in a photo.



After my awesome interview last week for +Photo Talk Plus (here: http://goo.gl/nrLj7 ), a few people messaged me privately about this photo since I talked about it on the show. Since it is an earlier photo of mine and it is positively gorgeous outside today in NYC, it felt like a good time to re-share it. Enjoy! :) 



New York Photography: Bow Bridge, Central Park.



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Tags: #photography #prose #newyorkcity #nyc #centralpark #sunlight #writing #bowbridge #newyorkcityphotography #manhattan #romanticPhoto: "Sun-fire..."

I used to refer to sunsets as sun-fire.

Those first sunsets burned through my retinas into the innermost recesses of my mind.

Clouds poured over the smoldering sparks of orange like thick plumes of smoke and before the sun extinguished itself, it burned the brightest of any flame in existence.

When the sun sets over New York City, it’s as if a thousand flames dance across the sky, leaving embers scattered across the skyline in the wake of it’s burning: like a fevered dream scattering its remnants across the mind before the deepest of slumbers.

I used to refer to sunsets as sun-fire.

I still do.



New York Photography: New York City sunset in silhouette.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #poetry #prose #skyline #cityscape #newyorkcityskyline #nycskyline #newyorkcityphotography #skyscrapers #city #urban #landscape #sunsetPhoto: Superstorm Sandy and After Sandy - in Lower Manhattan

(What I went through - this is a LONG post)

I have tried to write this post four times since the power went back on here on the Lower East Side on November 2, 2012 after nearly 5 days with power, water and connection to the outside world when in lower Manhattan last week due to Superstorm Sandy. Every time, I would attempt to start to write about it, I would stare off into space: speechless. The only thing I could muster this past week has been to post the photos I took of the storm and its impact on New York City here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivnsect/sets/72157631882275852/

I told people on my Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vivnsect last night that a segment from a beautiful memoir I read last winter (The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston) permeated my thoughts over the last few days because it was how I felt when I would attempt to make sense of living through the aftermath of Sandy here in lower Manhattan:

"When it was my turn, the same voice came out, a crippled animal running on broken legs.You could hear splinters in my voice, bones rubbing jagged against one another."

My voice is still splintered but I need to purge the details of what it was like here last week if only for myself to try to make sense of it all. I lived in upper Manhattan (border of Spanish Harlem by the East River) nearly 10 years ago when New York City plunged into darkness during a summer blackout that lasted nearly 2 days. That seems like an eternity ago when I think about it now and in many, many ways the city (and the world) was a completely different place. People were less connected to the internet and with almost all of New York City plunged into darkness, there was nowhere to go to see the glaring difference between the part of the city that was without basic amenities and the part of the city that basked in limitless amenities. I waited in lines for bread back then with New Yorkers who were anxious but resigned and called 311 on my landline for updates on the status of the city's power. There was nothing to do but wait and in the heat of the summer, the city and world slowed to a halt.

It was a far cry from the panic-steeped situation I experienced last week. Where resignation reigned a decade ago, frustration, bewilderment and full-on survival mode took precedence for the masses of New Yorkers who lived below 39th street in Manhattan. We are a more connected populace with cell phones and access to news at our fingertips 24 hours of the day.

I was in my apartment when the power went out on Monday night. I had been downstairs in my lobby watching the 80 mph winds rush through the streets recording it on video (I will never forget the wind's howl that screeched through the city). Minutes earlier, a green light flashed through the sky and I joked that maybe in addition to a hurricane whipping through NYC that perhaps aliens had finally decided to come and beam us all up. As the lights and power abruptly went off, I did my best not to panic. The mayor had stated earlier that Con Ed would probably preemptively turn the power off to Lower Manhattan in advance of the worst of the storm surges to make sure that power could come back on in an orderly fashion. I figured that by the next day, power would be on and the night would be nothing more than a scary storm memory. It was almost impossible to sleep after reading Game of Thrones by candlelight prior to slinking off to a cold bed. I had seen a harrowing video of the explosion at the Con Ed electrical plant that supplied power to my part of Lower Manhattan on my phone (here: Sandy_ConEd Explosion - Hurricane Sandy) prior to attempting to go to sleep and I wondered how that would impact efforts to get power restored. My building, a nearly 100 year old building on the Lower East Side, shook with every wind gust and loud clanking sounds that echoed loudly in the streets after every rush of wind didn't inspire the best of dreams.

On Tuesday, after an anxious sleep, I awoke and attempted to check my voicemail and texts to no avail. There was no service at all. I figured it was a brief issue with the cell towers and remembered reading before sleep that the power was out from midtown on down to Battery Park. After eating a little bit of food that was in the refrigerator (had to use it up!), my boyfriend and I set out to seek out connection if only to find out the latest news. Like many New Yorkers, we no longer have a landline since the cost to run a landline seems(ed) silly with constant connection via our phones. As we stepped out onto the streets with other Lower Manhattan residents, the look on everyone's faces was one of dread, confusion and determination to migrate to the part of New York City with connection to the outside world. There were lines at  pay phones that had been dormant relics from a distant past only a week earlier as people tried to call loved ones. With no buses and trains running yet, many people crowded the streets walking uptown past evacuated hospitals, darkened street lights and storm debris while a light rain fell under darkened cloud-filled skies.

It's hard to describe how surreal it felt to pass the threshold between 39th and 40th streets on 2nd Avenue that first time. It was like stepping out of an abyss into an only slightly-traumatized modern world. The street lights were working, many stores were still closed and tourists were snapping pictures of the Chrysler Building without missing a beat. Starbucks tends to be one of the places most people think of to go to when they need to charge their phone and connect to free wifi. However, the day after the storm, 99% of Manhattan's Starbucks were closed since many of their employees live in other boroughs which had no access to Manhattan due to flooded trains and no bus service. People who were lucky enough to still have battery life in their phones huddled near the windows of closed Starbucks since that was the only way to have a connection due to the widespread cell tower issues.

We started to notice people sitting in the lobbies of banks plugging their phones into power outlets that had probably been largely unused before this strange situation. Humans react strongly to group signals and after that first sighting, it became apparent that any place in midtown that had power outlets was a place to charge dead phones, call loved ones, answer frantic texts and potentially find out what was going on in the city. After a terrible attempt at eating food in a place that I can best describe as smelling like a dirty locker-room (which was packed since barely anything was open), we were determined to find a spot to charge our completely dead phones.

Walking into a CVS (a store), we noticed that all of the aisles were full of people huddled next to power outlets with their phones plugged into power outlets. Tired and cold, we decided to wait until a spot opened up on one of the outlets in the back of the store. While waiting, I talked with people who lived in luxury high-rises below 39th on the east side of Manhattan who had never experienced not having water or power before. Some had walked down 20 flights of stairs and were terrified of getting back too late and navigating 20 flights of stairs with only a flashlight. We all speculated about how long it would take to get power back and shared our stories about where we were when the power went out. It took 3 hours to go from a fully dead phone to a full charge and it quickly became night as we tried frantically to contact people and figure out what was going on with a slow connection (everyone was probably trying to connect at once that day in that small part of midtown).  We had wanted to make our way back to the Lower East Side before night fell because we didn't know what complete darkness would be like but we realized that this was our fate.

Buses had been restored and were free since it was the day after the storm and many New Yorkers were without any other option. Gas was limited, gas lines were just starting to get out of control and most New Yorkers rely on public transportation to get everywhere because when there isn't a catastrophe, you can literally get anywhere you want in New York City without ever needing a car. We hopped on a bus with other fearful Lower Manhattan residents whose eyes all got big once we ducked down past 39th street where there were no traffic lights and only the light from oncoming cars served as illumination.

As we got off the closest stop to the Lower East Side, it was disorienting to step off the bus into darkness. The Lower East Side is a well-known party spot and sidewalks, restaurants, and bars are usually full of people every night of the week. This night, it was empty and dark. We had a tiny LED flashlight and as we flashed it down Rivington Street, it became apparent that without it, you could literally not see even a mob of people directly in front of you. At one point, we turned a corner and as we flashed our light in front of us, an entire group of kids were standing where we had presumed there was nothing in the darkness. It was disorienting and nerve-wracking. We marveled at the bodegas and bars that stayed open by candlelight that night seeking to help the community cope with the present power-less reality and finally made it home where after reading a bit by candlelight, we went to sleep wondering what the next few days held in store.

Sandy didn't only cause devastating flooding and wind damage. It also brought colder weather to New York City. The night temperatures dropped to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. When the cold surrounds you in a place that you once relied on for warmth, it's a psychologically draining experience. Covered in blankets, the night dragged on: frigid, empty, devoid of light.

My boyfriend's job is dependent on connection and any movement in any direction outside of the apartment feltPhoto: "Timeless..."

As indicated in a previous post, I had the fortune and pleasure of getting to visit the Google NYC headquarters this past weekend. While the offices are a lot of fun to visit, photos are obviously prohibited for the most part in the majority of the interior parts of the building so here is a shot I took from the outside terrace of their cafeteria. What a view, right? Lucky Googlers!

I should be back to my normal posting schedule soon. This past weekend was a whirlwind of fun and laughter due to over 70 people from Google Plus descending on NYC (from all over the world!) for #nychirl which included a photowalk, concert and general mayhem.

Can’t wait to go through the rest of my photos and get them online! Enjoy this in the meantime :).


New York Photography: The Empire State Building and the New York City skyline.



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As the steel exoskeletons that wind along city buildings bask in the glow of springtime, fresh-faced blossoms blush in the warmth of the sun tilting their heads skyward hoping for a kiss.

And the earth swoons.

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Spring definitely ‘sprung’ in New York City this past weekend. Trees are already blooming nearly a month ahead of schedule which is unusual but also beautiful to witness after enduring what seemed like a long and rather dreary winter.

These are some of my favorite spring blooms. They are Magnolia Liliiflora also known as the Japanese Magnolia. The tree is actually native to China, but was also cultivated for centuries in Japan. It was introduced to English-speaking countries from Japan and so the name of Japanese Magnolia has stuck even though the tree is not technically native to Japan.

I love how lush the blossoms are when they first open. They are quite delicate though and don’t last for very long so it’s a special and rare treat to catch them when they first bloom.



New York Photography: Japanese magnolia blossoms. Stuyvesant Square.



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We wait.

We wait for the city to move beneath our feet.

We wait for the universe to rise up from under the weight of our own gravitas; the movement of our world spinning on its axis.

And while we wait, the plaster crumbles, the paint peels, the train tracks rust; all suspended in their own decay like flies in amber.

We wait because it’s the only way to slow down as time pushes us forward further and further into the vast expanse of eternity.

We wait for the train to come.



New York Photography: Train Station, Dumbo, Brooklyn.



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The afternoon yawns with its mouth full of sunlight before it slips into the shadows of evening.

Fire escapes catch the sun’s gleam: staircases for dreamers propelling dreams skyward.

And the trees bow graciously in the lingering glow of sweet sunlight: courteous hosts beckoning wanderers to bask in the shared glow and warmth of the city.



New York Photography: Greenwich Village street.



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Tags: #photography #poetry #prose #nyc #newyorkcity #greenwichvillage #city #manhattan #street #sunlight #treesPhoto: "Like lovers..."

There is an inherent romance that can be found in the sheer density of the architecture of New York City.

Buildings huddle close like lovers before a nervous first kiss. Their bodies rise up to the sky proud and majestic each one holding dozens if not thousands of stories.

If you look intently you can see their bold spirits traveling with the wind carrying the hopes and dreams of those who share their world to soaring heights of possibility and promise.



New York Photography: The rooftops of the New York City skyline.



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #city #urban #architecture #skyline #newyorkcityskyline #skyscrapers #buildingsPhoto: "In dreams..."

I have favorite streets. They haunt me in all the best ways. They represent the New York City in my mind. Everyone seems to have a different version of New York City in their mind. My version was formed early on, a result of falling in love with a combination of streetscapes in classic cinema, futuristic sci-fi city environments in literature and film, and years of traversing New York City on foot.

These streets tug at memories I haven’t made yet while yanking memories I treasure from the deep recesses of my mind. This is one of those streets. It’s Staple Street in Tribeca. A tiny alley-like street, it contains one of the most fascinating pedestrian bridges (also known as a skyway, traverse, skywalk and a host of other terms) I have ever seen in New York City.

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Some history about this street: “In 1894, New York Hospital built the House of Relief, a downtown clinic, on Jay from Hudson to Staple, with an ambulance entrance facing Staple. In that year The New York Herald noted that the hospital was sending its ambulance out as often as seven times a day, sometimes on emergencies involving sunstroke, ”which so often occurs in the lower part of the city,” perhaps because of the large number of men working outdoors on the docks.

In 1907 the hospital built an annex across Staple Street (replacing the saloon/row house at Jay and Staple) as a stable and laundry, connecting it at the third-floor level using a pedestrian bridge. Although Staple Street was then just an industrial alley, the hospital had the architects Robertson & Potter design a handsome little building with a terra cotta plaque bearing the ”NYH” monogram on the Staple Street side. The monogram is still there.” - from “Streetscapes: Staple Street in TriBeCa” New York Times By Christopher Gray, February 2001



New York Photography: Skybridge in Tribeca



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #history #nyc #newyorkcity #tribeca #manhattan #bridge #moodyPhoto: "Sidewalk dream..."

Through each scattered urban landscape every sidewalk dream unfolds periphally as daily adventurers traverse the city full of promise and silent giddy trepidation.

It’s in the quiet still moments marked by emptiness, vast loneliness and encroaching solitude that these peripheral dreamscapes come into focus.

These moments, suspended in time, marinate in the severity of their potential to eventually etch themselves into the eternity of the mind.

The rest of time moves with the rapid ebb and flow of life like bits and pieces of paint on a wall chipping and peeling off, finally scattering like a discarded lover’s flower petals in the wind.



New York Photography: Street art.



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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #poetry #prose #writing #bicycle #streetart #manhattan #soho #art #city #urbanPhoto: "Urban layer cake..."

This is another one of my favorite views in lower Manhattan. It’s a small segment of an entire universe that exists above millions of New Yorkers.

Layers of colorful graffiti cover the rooftops of these Chinatown apartment buildings as rooftop doors blow open in the wind and colorful clothing sways on clotheslines high above the city below.



New York Photography: Chinatown rooftop graffiti



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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #graffiti #chinatown #chinatownrooftopgraffiti #nyc #city #cityscape #urban #urbanlandscape #architecture #decay #urbandecayPhoto: "On the backs of eyelids..."

I miss the snow.

I miss the silence: deafening silence punctuated by small breaths signifying flutters of life in a world swallowed by the sinking, seductive embrace of serenity.

That type of serenity isn’t easy to come by in a city that moves faster than the speed of hope: it’s frenetic core blinked into existence by anxious dreamers.

If I hold still, very still, for just a moment and close my eyes, I can paint my serenity memory on the backs of my eyelids.

In this moment the world stops rotating long enough and my breath reverberates alongside the earth’s heartbeat.



New York Photography: Bow Bridge, Central Park in the snow.



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Tags: #photography #poetry #prose #winter #snow #newyorkcity #centralpark #centralparkwinter #newyorkwinter #nycwinter #serenity #life #loss #existencePhoto: Manhattanhenge 2012 - Taken a few minutes ago!

I have taken formal photos of Manhattanhenge in previous years in midtown with the whole iconic backdrop of the Chrysler Building, one of which I posted yesterday (the others can be found by browsing through this album).

However, I stayed in my own neighborhood this time around. Kind of loving how fantastic the Manhattanhenge sunset looks on the Lower East Side. :)

Manhattanhenge is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.



Taken with my iphone and posted to my instagram as well. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG . Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here: http://instacanv.as/newyorklens .



New York Photography: Manhattanhenge 2012. Lower East Side.



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Tags: #photography #manhattanhenge #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #newyorkcityphotography #lowereastside #sunset #city #urban #landscapePhoto: "When the sun hits..."

Covering an enormous 843 acres, it’s hard to cover everything Central Park has to offer in terms of landscapes and activities. Even most people I know who have lived in New York City for a while who have been to Central Park more than once usually are surprised to find entire areas they never imagined existed in the park.

Years ago when I lived on the border of Spanish Harlem, I used to love to walk over to Central Park to explore. It was a 15-20 minute walk to the park since I lived all the way over by the East River and I would often walk across and then down to the area by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One day, instead of walking across and down, I was taken directly across to Central Park in the early 100s and came across an entire area I had never seen. An elaborate wrought iron gate called the Vanderbilt Gate sits on 5th Avenue at 105th Street. It’s the entryway into the only formal garden in Central Park.

Spanning 6 acres, this section of the park is called the Conservatory Garden, named for a conservatory that stood on the site in the early 1900s. The garden opened to the public in 1937 and is comprised of three distinct parts. It fell into disarray in the 1970s but was restored completely in the late 1980s bringing estate garden style into Central Park.

This particular photo is of what is referred to as the Secret Garden Water Lily Pool which is dedicated to the memory of Frances Hodgson Burnett containing a sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh. The water lilies in the pond bloom from June to October and it’s a popular spot for romantic photography shoots. In fact, the Conservatory Garden tends to be crowded with wedding parties and photographers on weekends and during prime times in the summer.

This entire area of the park during the summer is bucolic. Birds perch on the sculptures and sing while butterflies and bees flit from flower to flower around the pond. It’s an incredibly blissful and picturesque spot.



New York Photography: The Secret Garden, Central Park.



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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #history #writing #nyc #secretgarden #conservatorygarden #centralpark #manhattan #waterlilypool #serene #romanticPhoto: "Land of enchantment..."

When I was very young, I remember learning about vast mountain ranges that existed in what seemed like universes beyond New York City. I would regale myself with images of these towering feats of nature trying to imagine what it was like to come in contact with such powerful natural wonders. I used to think to myself “There is nothing like this here in the city, all we have are buildings.”

It wasn’t until my teens when I lived in New Mexico for a little over a year and more specifically when I got to experience the majesty of Taos that I was able to understand how infinitely small everything seems in comparison to the vastness of the world.

And yet, while I was in school there in Albuquerque, other students would ask me daily to tell them what it was like to live amongst buildings that soared to the sky.

It never occurred to me before that time that the man-made feats of architecture that I viewed on a regular basis were for these students what the images of mountain ranges were to me before I had the experience of seeing mountains with my own eyes.

When I moved back to New York City, I carried that new knowledge with me like a precious gift, tucking it away for safe-keeping.

And it wasn’t until I discovered photography, that I took that knowledge out from where I tucked it away for many years and started to view my own city with new eyes.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t recall the time when I realized that New York City is its own man-made land of enchantment.



New York Photography: Skyscrapers, Financial District.



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Winter’s sun is distant, withdrawn and content to sleep behind clouds.

Spring’s sun, on the other hand, is ebullient, extroverted and prone to magnificent displays of splendor.

On afternoons, light from the sun pours over the the earth spilling itself onto every blade of grass enchanting every fresh spring blossom with warmth and brilliance.

Its as if the weeping cherry trees with their hanging white and pink blossoms are crying with joy: their petals scattering to the ground below like tears falling from ecstatic eyes.



New York Photography: Weeping cherry tree and pond. Brooklyn.



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Tags: #photography #writing #nyc #brooklyn #newyorkcity #landscape #spring #springtime #cherryblossoms #cherrytree #beautifulPhoto: "Trees grow in Brooklyn..."

The light after a heavy rain is transcendent. Deep golden hues cling to the damp tree branches as they frame lush green leaves reeling under the weight of the rain water.

It’s all the more impressive against a backdrop of beautiful brick brownstones that can be found in neighborhoods like Cobble Hill located in Brooklyn. Cobble Hill (or Ponkiesbergh as it was first called) was originally settled during the 1640’s by Dutch farmers. The name “Cobble Hill”, according to various historical sources, came from the large amount of cobble stones being disposed in the site.

The cobble stones were used as ballast on the trading ships arriving from Europe. The high elevation point at the corner of present day Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, where the greatest amount of the cobble stones was disposed, was used as a Fort during both the American War of Independence and the War of 1812.



New York Photography: Cobble Hill brownstones.



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Tags: #photography #photo #nyc #brooklyn #newyorkcity #brownstones #cobblehill #city #nycstreet #apartments #writingPhoto: An interview about my photography (link below!)

I was recently interviewed by the New York City independent press called “great weather for media”. They used the photo in this post for their upcoming anthology called: It’s Animal But Merciful .

The interview is now published on their site. It was the result of an interesting conversation that I had with editor, poet, performer and writer: George Wallace. Here it is:

http://greatweatherformedia.com/through-the-lens-an-interview-with-nyc-photographer-vivienne-gucwa/



New York Photography: Lower East Side alley at night.



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On cloudy days in autumn, the trees stick out from the ground below like paintbrushes heavy with memories of the sun’s embrace.

And the city, weary in preparation of shorter days, clamors to hold onto every last bit of color and light.
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I love this view of Union Square Park looking towards the Empire State Building and the beautiful skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan. It’s particularly gorgeous in the autumn when the trees change color before descending gracefully to the ground.



New York Photography: Autumn as seen above Union Square.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #autumn   #autumnnewyork   #autumnnyc   #treetuesday   #trees   #autumnphotography   #unionsquarenyc   #cityphotography   #cityautumn   #fall   #fallcolors   #fallnyc   #nycautumn  Photo: "The bleary-eyed blink of dawn's eye..."

The soft light of the sun rises slowly kissing the horizon before ascending into the sky.

And the city, awash in the sleepy glow of night’s embrace, glistens in the bleary-eyed blink of dawn’s eye.



New York Photography:  The New York City skyline viewed from Brooklyn Bridge Park.



This photo was taken and edited with my phone using Camera+. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my mobile photography on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .

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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #newyorkcityskyline   #nycskyline   #manhattan   #mobilephotography   #mobilephotographymonday   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #landscape   #poetry   #cityscape   #cityphotography  Photo: "Whisper..."

You exist, this I am sure of with only slightly wavering certainty that vibrates with nothing but the tiny memory of a breeze.

You, a whisper in the night on lips that mouth your name swollen with hope.

You, a whisper that launches forth dreams on the backs of my eyelids.

And I exist too, this I am sure of with quivering certainty that holds steady in the presence of the strongest of wind gusts.

I, the whisper your lips haven't yet come across.

I, the branch that sways in the warm embrace of possibility.

I, the whisper that dances delicately in the night.



New York Photography: White spring blossoms, Central Park.



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Tags: #photography #poetry #poem #prose #centralpark #spring #springtime #nyc #newyorkcity #centralparkspring #trees #flowers #beautifulPhoto: "Touching the sky..."


If you are fortunate enough to look up at exactly the right time, you can catch the sun dancing along the top of the Chrysler Building.

As the sun glides across the iconic spire, it leaves glimmering trails: shimmering footsteps connecting the sky to the city.

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture. Designed by architect William Van Alen for a project of Walter P. Chrysler, it was the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 until the mid 1950’s. Even though the building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction of it and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.

Upon its completion on May 20, 1930, the added height of the spire allowed the Chrysler Building to surpass 40 Wall Street as the tallest building in the world and the Eiffel Tower as the tallest structure. It was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet.



New York Photography - The Chrysler Building.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #architecture #skyscraper #blackandwhite #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography #newyorkcityphotography #manhattanPhoto: My interview on Phototalk Plus

I was interviewed last night by the wonderful +Thomas Hawk and the lovely +Lotus Carroll on their on-air live show called +Photo Talk Plus .

I was super nervous and there were some weird (but funny, in retrospect) technical difficulties but they were finally able to get me on the phone and everything went smooth after that. I really enjoyed the questions from them and the super active and hyper live audience.

So, if you ever wanted to hear me answer questions about how I got started with photography (which admittedly is fairly crazy, at least when I think about it), my thoughts about shooting in New York City, my thoughts about cameras and post-processing/editing as well as some talk about noodles (yes, really!), you may just enjoy this video (my full interview starts at 49:00):

Photo Talk Plus, Episode 14, With Special Guest Vivienne Gucwa

Enjoy!

(I decided to accompany this post with one of the photos I talked about briefly during the show, one of my favorite examples of industrial urban decay here in New York City: The Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn)

--- Realized I didn't yet post this to my website which is why I am re-posting. Sorry for being super posty today! Just excited about this, is all :).



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Tags: #photography #phototalkplus #dominosugarfactory #decay #industrialdecay #urbandecay #nyc #newyorkcity #brooklyn #factory #rust #interview #talkingoutloud #talkingoutloudaboutphotography #passionPhoto: "Trail of kisses..."

The sun left a trail of kisses on the surface of water through the small curtain of clouds that hung over Battery Park earlier this past evening.

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Had a great time at +Trey Ratcliff 's photowalk earlier this evening. I took this shot as the group set up to watch the sun set (and sunset) at Battery Park with my phone. My regular camera is being looked at since it died a small death last week (a post about my camera adventures is coming up soon!). I love challenging myself with my phone though especially when it comes to editing my phone photos with all the various apps I dabble with.



New York Photography: Battery Park Pier at sunset.



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Tags: #nyc   #newyorkcity   #photography   #newyorkcityphotography   #sunset   #landscape   #batterypark   #pretty   #photowalk  Photo: "Urban mirages..."

In the bright afternoon light of the sun, the city squints its eyes momentarily.

Buildings emerge from their slumbering shadows and streets glisten.

It’s during this momentary squint that every sun gleam and distant figure on each sun-kissed street flicker in and out of view: urban mirages filtered through the eyes of the city.

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I just wanted to share that this past weekend for the first time ever I had a request for and sold a visual print of one of my pieces of writing to accompany a print . I have never been so happy!

I get really excited every time I sell a print but to sell a piece of writing is something I consider really special because my words are so intrinsically linked to my photography (and vice versa). Many thanks to the wonderful customer!



New York Photography: Soho street.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #city #urban #manhattan #street #writing #prose #soho #sohonyc #architecture #sunPhoto: "Suspended..."

Summer’s memories sit suspended like words caught in the throat of winter: stifled, muffled utterances barely able to escape in the form of speech.

But in the wide open expanse of dreams, words take flight.

Summer’s memories break through shards upon shards of branches making their way past the ice-kissed lips of winter conjuring up the outline of buildings and cityscapes on the condensation of winter’s frozen breath.


New York Photography: Central Park in the winter.



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Tags: #photography #prose #poetry #writing #snow #winter #newyorkcity #nyc #centralpark #centralparkwinter #landscape #beautifulPhoto: "Brownstone envy..."

I had severe brownstone envy when I was younger. Growing up in Queens (another borough of New York City), I visited Brooklyn frequently and the brownstones found in Brooklyn tugged at my heart. Their ornate doorways were flanked by enormous and extravagant stairways and every window seemed to be a frame encapsulating an enticing painting.

There wasn’t anything that came close to these beautiful works of architecture where I grew up in Queens. Watching the Cosby Show fueled my envy of course. I had no idea at the time that the exterior shots of the Cosby’s brownstone were shot in Greenwich Village and not in Brooklyn Heights where the Cosby’s fictional residence was located (why they did this is beyond me since Brooklyn Heights has some of the most beautiful brownstones).

All I knew was that these masterpieces of architecture just seemed more ‘New York City’ than any of the buildings I grew up surrounded by.



New York Photography - Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #brooklyn #cobblehill #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #architecture #brownstone #writingPhoto: "Times tells its own tales..."

480 Brunt Street is a Civil War-era storehouse located in the Red Hook Waterfront Historic District in Brooklyn.

Red Hook, located in Northwestern Brooklyn was settled in 1636 by Dutch Colonists who named the area Roode Hoek (red point) after the red hue of the soil and because the area jutted out into the water. Due to its waterfront location, ships from all over the world would dock at Red Hook to exchange cargo and make repairs for well over a century. When many of the shipyards were relocated in the 20th century, the area fell was marked by significant urban decay.

The building in this photo, known as the Red Hook Stores, was built in 1869 by the builder William Beard. Beard, who was an Irish immigrant made millions via his building and railroad empire. At the end of the Civil War, New York City was receiving such a large amount of goods that Manhattan could not handle all of the cargo. Brooklyn’s waterfront became the alternative and warehouses like this one played a crucial role in offloading cargo like grain, cotton, hemp, jute, indigo, leather, fruits, tobacco, vegetables, cocoa beans and coffee. This building now houses a Fairway Market and apartment residences. The beautiful iron shutters that give this warehouse building so much charm were initially built to protect the precious cargo stored in the warehouse from the elements.

The decayed trolley cars which sit in the foreground also have an interesting link to the past. In the 20th century there were many trolley lines that criss-crossed the Brooklyn landscape serving as transportation for residents. The trolleys were in use until the 1950s. To celebrate the trolleys that would have been seen here for many years, these trolleys were acquired and put in front of the Red Hook Stores permanently. They aren’t from New York City originally though. The trolley cars were acquired from Boston and Oslo and were repainted to match the original color scheme of the trolleys that would have been found in Brooklyn in the beginning of the 20th century. Worn by time and natural elements, they are beautiful examples of urban decay.



New York Photography: Urban decay in Red Hook, Brooklyn



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Tags: #photography #history #urbandecay #decay #nyc #newyorkcity #redhook #brooklyn #trolleycars #warehouse #writing #postapocalypticPhoto: Steel arteries...


If the Brooklyn Bridge could pick the perfect Valentine, it would be New York City. It’s hard to argue that the Brooklyn Bridge’s heart isn’t completely devoted to New York City.

Its steel arteries all seem to lead away from its center towards the magnificent skyline that dominates lower Manhattan while its metal veins travel from Brooklyn to its very core.



I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day personally but I wish each and every one of you a fabulous Valentine's Day if you celebrate it. Here is to hoping that everyone finds a special someone at some point who is the New York City to their Brooklyn Bridge.



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I used to imagine that I could stop time in tiny increments by blinking my eyes. Each blink had the potential to open up an entirely new narrative and universe. It wasn’t until I fell in love with photography that I realized that every photo also opens up an entirely new narrative and universe of possibility.

On evenings when rain washes over the city each moment becomes a solitary frame broken ever so slightly by the movement of umbrellas, the blink of an eye and the click of a camera.



New York Photography: Pell Street, Chinatown.



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On Spring mornings, the world hangs in sleepy stasis.

Trees, adorned with blossoms as soft as winter’s first snow, use their branches to gracefully conduct the world’s awakening in a daily symphony at dawn.

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I am admittedly a night person. I have tried for years to trick my stubborn body into accepting a different biological time-clock to no avail.

However, on days when I am carefully trying to get myself to accept the mornings as a friend and not a foe, I am always amazed at how differently the world appears especially during certain times of the year like springtime.

On a perfectly cloudy Spring day in Central Park, it’s as if the world is opens up its dewy eyes one by one as the city stretches out languidly for a few hours.



New York Photography: Spring blossoms overlooking the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #writing #prose #centralpark #manhattan #spring #landscape #centralparkspringPhoto: "Through it all..."

We move slowly towards the light over the cobblestones that the weary feet of all those who have passed over these same paths have passed before us.

And through the archways and doors that sit in our immediate view, the city opens up like so many opportunities that sit every so slightly out of our reach.




This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



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New York Photography: 1 Centre Street. Manhattan Municipal Building.



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #urban   #architecture   #iphone   #iphonography   #iphoneography   #mobilephotography   #instagram   #silhouette   #prose   #writing  Photo: "A wealth of tales..."

Out of the way streets tell a wealth of tales. The bright afternoon sun beats down on old decaying walls and fire escapes creating elongated shadows that seem to stretch indefinitely. If the well-worn awnings could talk, just think of the secrets they would reveal.

This particular photo is of Doyers Street, one of my favorite out of the way streets. It is a winding street that curves around and is tucked away from its hectic surroundings. The street is only about 200 feet long and runs from Pell Street to Chatham Square. It’s home to very old tenements and long-standing businesses like The Nom Wah Tea Parlor which opened in 1927.

In the early 20th century the curve in the street was known as “the Bloody Angle” because of a plethora of violent acts carried out by Chinatown gangs. The expression ‘hatchet man’ is said to have come from this era and these violent acts which often included hatchets. While the street is not bloody or violent today, it’s worth a visit to soak in the history, vibe and incredible scenery.

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I wanted to thank those who helped me out this past weekend with the Artists Wanted contest. The response warmed my heart. I used to be phobic and against contests for various reasons but I am realizing that I need to put my photography out there in different ways and I can’t let failure or fear of failure prevent me from doing that.

For those who didn’t see my post, you can still help me out by going to my contest entry page and clicking collect me here: http://viviennegucwa.artistswanted.org/atts2012

Thanks, once again. I have so many dreams that I hope can take flight with my photography and it really makes me emotional when I think of the supportive friends I have made along the way in various online communities who inspire me in so many ways.



New York Photography: Doyers Street, Chinatown.



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #chinatown #newyorkcityphotography #manhattan #street #light #doyersstreetPhoto: "Infused afterglow..."

Every drop of rain paints the city with an otherworldly light: tiny illuminated universes cast their glow onto the city with every luminous splatter.

Wet earth in the form of darkened concrete springs forth new life in the form of urban wanderers who migrate quickly from one patch of earth to another as their wet reflections echo their movements.

And after the day has unleashed its deluge of light, the city soaks in the infused-afterglow.



New York Photography: Rain. Greenwich Village.



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For today's #G+LeapYearDayProject

In dreams memories take on the hues of nostalgia: faded hues made rich with meaning that are etched into the dreamscapes that play themselves against our eyelids each night.

Memory-tones diffused by the tear-in-the eye and lump-in-the throat feeling of familiarity synthesize with overwhelming feelings of connection with the past as it dilutes itself into the present.

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Find out more about the G+ Leap Year project 2012 here: +G+ LeapYear 2012 - Day in the life of G+ 



New York Photography: Greenwich Village in the rain.



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Tags: #photography #leapyear #leapyear2012 #leapdayphoto #newyorkcity #nyc #rain #moody #writing #prose #poetry #taxi #manhattanPhoto: "Rooftop farm in New York City..."

New York City is home to the world’s largest rooftop farm which is called Brooklyn Grange. Located in Long Island City, Queens, the farm takes up one full acre of rooftop space on the top of a building built in 1919.

Tomatoes are their biggest crop but they have around 40 different varietals planted on the roof. They also grow herbs, carrots, fennel, beets, radishes, beans, and other crops year round. They sell the food grown at the rooftop farm to local communities, markets and restaurants.

Making usage of space like this in a city as densely populated as New York City is not only innovative but forward thinking and Brooklyn Grange plans on putting more farms on rooftops in New York City to improve quality of life and make efficient usage of neglected space.

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Sorry that I have been a little missing in action when it comes to posting this week. I spoke at the Blographer event this past week and I have been (happily) tied up with a few photography projects this week. I will try to post here and there even if I only have time to post my mobile photography. Excited about the photos I have taken recently (and will be taking) that I will get around to going through after this whirlwind of a week is over. Can’t wait to share everything! :)



New York Photography: Urban farm on a rooftop in New York City.



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Coney Island is the site of my favorite New York City beach. The Rockaways in Queens have become popular over the last few years and while I have fond memories of the Rockaways (since I grew up in Queens) Coney Island tugs at my heart in the best way possible. There is nothing like standing on the old pier that juts out into the Atlantic ocean while watching the waves crash onto the shore as the lights on the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone twinkle in the distance like a tiny city of candles.

When I was much younger, I moved to New Mexico for a year and a half. I was in high school at the time and many fellow students would ask me what it was like to live so close to the ocean and I could never quite explain what it was like at the time. I was always at a loss for words. It was what I grew up with and it was hard for me to imagine life without access to the ocean.

Years later, it’s still hard to fully put into words what it is like: breathing in salty ocean air, viewing the night sky while listening to waves, the feel of cool sand on bare feet, jumping through the ocean with wild abandon.

I think I keep taking photos in an attempt to further explain what the ocean means to me. Isn’t that why we write, take photos, paint, dance, create music and engage in a variety of other artistic pursuits? It’s to put into form those feelings and experiences that remain otherwise formless.



New York Photography: The Wonder Wheel and Cyclone at Coney Island, Brooklyn.



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For #howwasyourdaysweetie , a love letter to +C. Corey Fisk 

The world opens up in the spring drenching itself in new warmth: heady intoxicating warmth that bubbles up beneath the surface for months before rushing out and over the parched earth.

And as the sun washes away all of the fear that has been buried beneath winter layers, petals open up one by one yawning delicately into the light of a thousand sparks of promise and hope.


You can read +Alan Shapiro 's original post about this day of joy as well as info about submit your own photo of joy on March 1st for +C. Corey Fisk here:

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New York Photography: Spring tulips along the West Side Highway in Chelsea.



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #hope #howwasyourdaysweetie #tulipsforyou #tulips #chelsea #nyc #newyorkcity #flowers #manhattan #spring #springtimePhoto: "Catching the light..."

Staring into the light of the bright spring sun surrounded by flowering trees, petals swirl in the wind catching the light like glowing embers eventually scattering to the algae-colored pond below where they shimmer on the surface like tiny lanterns.

I was reminded of a comment that someone made about several of my recent spring photos where they were surprised to see nature represented in such a way in New York City because for them, New York City seemed to be nothing more than “a wilderness of rocks”. The truth is that there are so many places to find serenity and nature in New York City. There are over 1700 parks that span all five boroughs of New York City, many of which boast beautiful landscapes.

This particular image was taken yesterday at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, one of my favorite spots to enjoy the many colors and sights of spring. The Brooklyn Botanic garden has more than 200 cherry trees of forty-two Asian species, making it one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan. The first cherries were planted at the garden after World War I, a gift from the Japanese government.

The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden located in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden. It was constructed in 1914 and first opened to the public in June 1915. It is widely considered by numerous landscape architects, to be the masterpiece of its creator, Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota.



New York Photography: Spring cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



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Tags: #photography #writing #history #spring #springnyc #nyc #newyorkcity #brooklyn #brooklynbotanicgarden #beautiful #petals #cherryblossoms #springtime #newyorkcityphotographyPhoto: "Holding on..."

Stuck somewhere between the heart and lips pushed down by the echoes of memory echoes loss: the mirror reflection of connection.

We spend our lives shedding pieces of ourselves: molted hopes and dreams that slough off into the thoughts of everyone we meet like stardust falling to the Earth from distant stars.

These are the pieces we hold on to: the pieces that are part of us that can never be put back into the same place again after they dissolve into nothing.

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I was struck with an intense sadness upon looking up at this tangle of branches against the bone-grey winter sky on a particularly bleak winter day a few months ago but as I gazed at it (even now really), it filled me with a sense of hope as if I was witnessing life connecting in a grand way.



New York Photography: Branches - Socrates Sculpture Park. Astoria, Queens.



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Tags: #photography #poetry #prose #newyorkcity #nyc #queens #astoria #socratessculpturegarden #moody #winter #life #socratessculptureparkPhoto: "Catching the sunlight..."

There is nothing quite like spring on Park Avenue in upper Manhattan. The gorgeous, ornate architecture is adorned by beautiful spring blossoms.

Park Avenue is one of the wider avenues on the Upper East Side and has a center divider that showcase trees and flowers. In the spring, rows and rows of yellow tulips bloom at once catching the sunlight with their effervescent petals while the trees on either side of the avenue and in the center area feature pink, yellow, white and light green blossoms.



New York Photography: Spring - Park Avenue - Upper East Side.



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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #parkavenue #uppereastside #spring #springtime #tulips #trees #architecture #springnycPhoto: "Fragments..."

There are areas in lower Manhattan where fragments of the city’s history have settled like fine dust, fragile and prone to the whims of time.

Around these hallowed enclaves, newer history reaches higher towards the sky and rises from the ground borne from the dust of the city’s past.

This particular spot is known as Two Bridges and sits along the East River. It borders Chinatown and the Lower East Side and has long been a dwelling spot for many different immigrant communities over the years. It sits alongside the infamous and historic Five Points area where Irish, Jewish and Italian gangs battled to the death in the mid-19th century. It is currently home to a large community of Chinese immigrants and many of the buildings are tenements dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



New York Photography: Two Bridges neighborhood.



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Tags: #photography #writing #history #prose #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #cityscape #city #urban #newyorkcityphotography #architecturePhoto: "Night visions..."

When I was really young I used to imagine that at night when the majority of people went to sleep in New York City, all of the graffiti and street art on the walls would come to life. I still like to think this is the case.

FAILE is an artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. This wheat-paste masterpiece is the current project of theirs that graces the iconic wall at the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery.



New York Photography: FAILE street art. East Village, New York City.



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The sun washes over the battle-scarred winter weary limbs of the earth’s trees drying the melted tears of winter with its rays of light.

And the world reels in the warmth of the sun and it’s hues of possibility.



It's incredible how lush some of the trees are this early into spring all over New York City. This photo was taken at Brooklyn Botanic Garden a few days ago. Last year at this time, it wasn't until the end of April that the trees were this full of blossoms.



New York Photography: Sunlight and cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #spring #nyc #newyorkcityphotography #brooklyn #brooklynbotanicgarden #light #sun #springtime #cherryblossoms #hanamiPhoto: "Sorrow-soaked..."

New York Photography: Autumn in Central Park.

When I was at Central Park a few days ago, the weather was deliciously ominous. It was the sort of day when grey clouds do their best to compete with the sunlight for the spotlight. I love the quality of this sort of contrasting light. During moments when the sun does manage to peek through the gray blanket of clouds, the foliage seems to reel in the bits of scattered sunlight.

This is a recent favorite spot of mine in Central Park. It’s a vista that seems to come alive in the autumn and winter due in part to Central Park’s beautiful willow trees. There is a quality to the placement of the branches that is reminiscent of theatrical stage curtains in a persistent state of dramatically opening to reveal the landscapes that are just beyond their grasp as if they are revealing a show that comes alive in the final two acts of a performance that spans a year.

In the autumn, these sorrow-soaked branches frame the sprawling autumn landscape that surrounds the lake and in the winter when the lake is covered in snow, the same branches hold multitudes of icy tears framing the towers of San Remo perfectly.

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Interested in more of what a New York autumn looks like? Check out my guide to the best Central Park autumn views here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/62471111009/top-8-autumn-views-in-central-park-around



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Tags: #photography #prose #writing #newyorkcityphotography #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #centralpark #autumn #nature #landscapePhoto: "Perspectives..."

The Empire State Building and the skyscrapers of New York City on a hazy day.

I attended the 3rd New York City Google Plus photowalk yesterday which took place in Chinatown (one of my favorite neighborhoods in lower Manhattan and a place I am in quite frequently). I ended up taking barely any photos! I think this is because I was really focused on my leg since I still have very limited range of motion due to the injury and because I was having such a great time just talking, laughing and socializing with the other awesome photographers who were there.

In the process of talking with a few people, the subject of Queens came up. Queens is the borough of New York City that I grew up in and I am always fascinated when I find people who either live there now or have lived there at some point. It brings up some really interesting memories and inevitably causes me to reflect on my own changing vantage points and perspectives over the years. I have often contemplated attitudes about Manhattan that I grew up with and how my own contextual experience in the present is shaped by those past attitudes. We all spend our lives grappling with early notions of what it means to be from where we are from and how those notions impact our future decisions and feelings.

In the spirit of those conversations that I had yesterday, I am going to share a post I posted back in early July on Google Plus because I thought about it several times during discussion yesterday.

Enjoy!

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Growing up in Queens, a borough of New York City, I was surrounded by a general attitude of contempt and disgust regarding anything tourist related. My father who worked nights as a newspaper pressman in Manhattan hated going into Manhattan for anything other than work (his job was back-breaking) and my mother echoed the same jaded sentiment towards ‘touristy things’ in Manhattan as her other outer-borough friends. The ‘city’ (as many people still call it) was something to be proud to live in very close proximity to but anything too popular in the ‘city’ was the subject of eye-rolls.

I grew up mimicking this sentiment; a sort of ‘been there, done that’ mentality. We would only ever go to things like Times Square and the Empire State Building when relatives or friends visited and there was a silent stoicism related to showing ‘the sights’ to ‘out-of-towners’. I always found this amusing. These sights that were derided as nothing more than trite spectacles were the same sights that my parents deemed worthy to spend time taking people to when people came to visit us.

When I moved to Manhattan a decade ago, I carried this attitude with me. It wasn’t until I started taking photos that I fully opened my eyes (so to speak). Granted, I had always found beauty in the things many people passed over; architectural details on tops of buildings, the way that sunlight hit buildings at different times of the day. However, when I finally discarded the jadedness that permeated my early years I started realizing how utterly phenomenal and fascinating all those ‘touristy’ things are.

It may have taken me many years to fully grasp why people come from all over the world to gaze lovingly at sights and architectural marvels like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building but now that I know it’s hard not to gaze at these sights with anything but wonder. There is so much to be in awe of in this spectacular city.



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Tags: #newyorkcityphotography #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #nyc #photography #photo #empirestatebuilding #writingPhoto: "Stars in an earthly sky..."

The sun burned bright like a fiery orb as the churning storm clouds in the sky sought to extinguish it: their tufts of purple and grey gathering round in consensus before a final engulfing embrace.

As the sky determined its own fate, the sun’s fire burned a fiery trail through the delicate spring blossoms and leaves.

And in the sun’s wake, each blossom twinkled: luminescent stars in an earthly sky.



New York Photography: Cherry blossoms - Brooklyn.



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New York Photography: Autumn in Central Park.

After nearly 6 weeks of dealing with a fairly intense leg injury (you can read about it here if curious: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108527329601014444443/posts/Szw5VXChZwN ), I was finally able to go out for the first time yesterday and walk around the way I normally do. I think I walked something like three miles in total! It felt incredible to not be limited in the way I was limited previously while dealing with the slow healing process. I ended up going to Central Park to soak in the remaining bits of autumn since autumn is so fleeting here in New York City.

I met up with a few other #NYCPhotoWalkers later in the afternoon. Prior to meeting up with them I got to the park several hours earlier to go to my favorite sections of the park. I was still a little timid and apprehensive about doing a lot of walking even though I got the go-ahead from my doctor this past week to engage in my normal level of activity. Thankfully, I realized an hour into climbing around in piles of leaves (sometimes it’s fun to abandon the paved paths in Central Park especially when leaves are involved) that I was going to be just fine! The foliage was a bit past peak foliage but there were some genuinely magical landscapes.

It’s no secret that autumn is my favorite time of year. A while back I mentioned here that I am saddened that autumn’s finest foliage only seems to grace us with its presence for a few weeks out of the year. Someone commented back to me that the short-lived nature of autumn is what makes it so special. Perhaps there is some truth to that notion. The fleeting transient nature of autumn does make it memorable.

There is a bittersweet quality to the action of capturing it in full splendor; giddy delight at experiencing something so magical mixed with sorrowful anxiety knowing that in a short time all of it will be only a preserved memory.

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Tags: #NatureMonday #photography #writing #autumn #centralpark #autumnnewyork #newyorkcityphotography #nyc #nature #landscapePhoto: "Two suns..."

Sunset over the New York City skyline. New York photography.

In the last minutes before the night rides across the sky with its trailing blanket of darkness, the sun melts over the rapidly darkening silhouettes in the distance pouring itself into the water like liquid gold.

It’s in these last minutes before the city lights illuminate the urban landscape like constellations, before every last ember of daylight fades that the remains of the day extinguish themselves in the long sighs of evening wanderers.



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Tags: #MyTownTuesday #photography #landscape #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #sunset #writing #prose #poetry #skyline #sun #cityPhoto: "Stolen moments..."

Stolen moments are the sweetest moments.

When the rest of the city has escaped for the day, the world melts away with a lingering kiss under an umbrella.



New York Photography: Romance in the rain in Chinatown.



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #newyorkcity #nyc #blackandwhite #rain #romance #romantic #umbrella #nycrain #streetphotography #candid #manhattan #chinatownPhoto: "Spring's embers..."

Spring rises as a younger subdued phoenix from Autumn’s dormant flame stoked by the warmth of the sun as it ascends from the icy muffled ground of Winter.

As Spring burns with its pink and white flame, the trees dance shaking off frigid thoughts of barren times.

And when the trees have fortified themselves with the fire of renewal, Spring’s pale pink and white ash scatters onto the wind carried by the whisper of Autumn’s dreaming utterances before falling to the surface of the water like tiny embers as they flicker in the sunlight alight with a dream of Summer.



New York Photography: Cherry blossom petals. Japanese Hill and Pond Garden. Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #impressionist #newyorkcity #nyc #brooklyn #cherryblossoms #brooklynbotanicgarden #spring #springtime #petals #water #reflectionPhoto: "Deliquesce..."

In the yawning hours of the morning, the earth stretches its snow-laden limbs skyward and the clouds leave a dissolving trail of heart-heavy whispers in their wake as all of the city’s structures deliquesce into nothingness.



New York Photography: Central Park winter view from the top of Belvedere Castle.



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New York Photography: Autumn. Central Park.

It’s in the way the sunlight streams through the last vestiges of autumn: as golden as the leaves that hold onto their branches.

It’s in the way the earth bares itself under this fanfare: as vulnerable as new lover’s heartbeats buried under layers of clothing.

Winter’s prelude starts slowly: a distant refrain that works its way through the earth chilled in anticipation.

We slow-dance on this mortal coil to the adagio of life twisting and turning with the whims of the winds that scatter our spirit to the ends of the earth.

It’s all we can do.



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Tags: #writing #photography #poetry #prose #newyorkcity #centralpark #autumn #nyc #newyorkcityphotography #nature #landscapePhoto: On Rainy Evenings Like These - Chinatown - New York City ---


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Spring writes its love poem to the earth with the branches of trees.

Blossoms blush pink, their heated and flushed faces turn towards the sun which has freshly awakened after winter’s long slumber as the wind carries their words on its wings.



New York Photography: Cherry blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



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In the evening when the sun slides along the buildings and shadows glide along the streets, the city lingers longingly in the last few moments of sunlit bliss as urban wanderers slow dance to the sun’s daily adagio.



New York Photography: Chelsea sunset as seen from the High Line.


This photo was taken and edited with my phone. I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here: http://goo.gl/8hbcE ). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here: http://goo.gl/BxNpG .



Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here:http://instaprints.com/profiles/newyorklens.html



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Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #urban   #buildings   #architecture   #instagram   #mobilephotography   #iphonography   #iphoneographyfriday   #iphoneography   #writing   #prose   #sunset  Photo: George Takei in a Boy Scout Outfit at the 2012 NYC Pride Parade

I had every intention of making a real post about today’s Pride Parade in New York City (also known as the Heritage of Pride March) but really, I think this photo I took of +George Takei  flashing the Vulcan salute while in a Boy Scout uniform trumps anything else I would have posted. ;)

View the full set of photos from today here in my Flickr set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivnsect/sets/72157630273835752/



View this post on my site here (along with the reason why he is in a Boy Scout uniform):

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/25823755873/george-takei-in-a-boy-scout-outfit-at-the-2012-nyc



Tags: #photography   #georgetakei   #takei   #vulcan   #nycpride   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #prideparade   #nycprideparade2012   #georgetakeiprideparade   #boyscouts  Photo: "Serenity..."

New York Photography: Central Park Poet's Walk in the winter. #BWLandscapeWednesday 

In preparing my photos for the various New York City holiday cards (http://goo.gl/nhiiJ ) that I designed this year, I finally went through the massive amounts of photos that I took in Central Park this past winter. New York City can be rather extreme in the winter months and last winter two different blizzards dropped a tremendous amount of snow on the city.

I love heavy snowfall and I found myself braving the super high wind gusts to wander around a mostly empty Central park during one of the two blizzards. I don’t really recommend it and thinking back, it was a bit risky considering that the wind gusts were around 55 mph and higher. Wind gusts and trees don’t make for the safest of combinations. However, I have never seen Central Park in such a serene state.

The only people who were in the park that day were small amounts of people who lived in the surrounding neighborhoods, brave tourists and intrepid photographers with giddy expressions on their faces. I could probably count on both hands the number of people I encountered and I ended up covering most of the park on foot that day (I was never so happy to get home and drink hot chocolate that evening).

This part of Central Park is known as The Poet’s Walk or Literary Walk. The reason why this part of the park is known as Poet’s Walk and/or Literary Walk is because at the very end of this section, several statues of famous writers line the path. It’s at the southern end of a section called The Mall.

The Mall is only straight line in Central Park and the trees that line it are its crowning and most distinctive feature. They are American elm trees and are the largest and last remaining stands in all of North America. Over the years, other large grouping of American Elm trees have been destroyed by Dutch Elm disease but Central Park’s conservancy has saved a majority of the remaining trees in the park despite losing around 40 trees in the last few years to this contagious fungus.

The Poet’s Walk is one of my favorite spots in the autumn and winter because the trees look their most graceful and beautiful during these seasons. The leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow in the autumn and the elegant branches seem to reach out to each other when covered by freshly fallen snow in the winter.

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You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/13552013940/central-park-poets-walk-in-the-winter-new-york



Tags: #photography #centralpark #newyorkcity #nyc #landscape #winter #snow #newyorkwinter #nature #trees #historyPhoto: "The urban forest primeval..."

Weary after a long slumber, the urban forest primeval stirs.

Trees, in resplendent garments of ivy, stretch their graceful limbs towards each other as the dance of spring begins: a prelude to summer’s grand symphonic poem.
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This particular path in the Conservatory Garden located in Central Park is one of my favorite spot. It makes me feel as if I have escaped the city all while still feeling tied to it in an inexplicable yet endearing way. I fall in love with it a little bit more each time I come across it.

Last week, when I took this photo, it was no different. The trees which had been frozen in winter’s sleepy embrace were newly adorned with tiny spring blossoms and deep green ivy and it seemed as if all life in the city halted to watch them dance with their graceful limbs if only for a moment.



New York Photography: Conservatory Garden in the spring. Central Park.



You can view this post along with information about how to purchase this image as a print if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/20170245942/tree-lined-path-in-spring-conservatory-garden

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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #writing #prose #poetry #trees #landscape #park #centralpark #spring #springtime #manhattanPhoto: Night Evocations - Hudson River Park - New York City ---


You can purchase prints of this image here:  http://goo.gl/XI4BfPhoto: New York photography.

Manhattanhenge sunset overlooking the Chrysler Building. Midtown, New York City.

New York City Calendars for 2012.

A number of people have inquired if I intended to put out a calendar for 2012 with my photography. Based on the number of requests I decided to make three different New York City calendars featuring different views of New York City.

I think it’s a great way to enjoy photography in a non-committal way since you get to change the view on your wall every month. I wanted to let everyone see the ones I have created already. Each link below takes you to the calendar where you can go through each one month by month. They are fun to flip through!:

The first calendar features iconic views of New York City and is in color: 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/vgucwaphoto/calendars/7897180-new-york-iconic-views-by-vivienne-gucwa?c=104652-new-york-city-calendars


The second calendar features black and white photography of New York City: 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/vgucwaphoto/calendars/7892861-new-york-city-in-black-and-white-by-vivienne-gucwa?c=104652-new-york-city-calendars

The third calendar features the seasons of New York City (in color!): 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/vgucwaphoto/calendars/7892169-new-york-city-seasons-by-vivienne-gucwa?c=104652-new-york-city-calendars



If you want to flip through all of the calendars, you can view the main page to access all of them here: 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/vgucwaphoto/collections/104652-new-york-city-calendars



It's rather fun to make these calendars. I am strongly considering making a few more. The photo in this post is in one of the calendars (Iconic Views). It's of the Manhattanhenge sunset which takes place twice a year where the sun aligns with the New York City street grid. This view is overlooking the Chrysler Building. It's a beautiful sight to behold.

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You can view this entire post if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/11363071728/new-york-city-calendars-for-2012

Tags - #newyorkcityphotography #newyorkcitycalendar #calendar #writing #newyorkphotography #landscape #architecture #nycPhoto: "Summer's dormant dream..."

Summer slumbers deeply. Tree limbs stripped bare remain vulnerable to the sky’s attempts to stir them from their dreaming state.

It’s when the sky caresses and seduces the earth with its snowy proclamations of love that the earth transforms into a somnambulist navigating the boundary between sleep and dreaming: dreaming its dreaming self awake slowly.



New York Photography: Snowy Upper East Side street in winter.



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/18085243929/tree-lined-upper-east-side-street-in-winter-new
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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #newyorkcity #nyc #city #winter #snow #newyorkwinter #uppereastside #citysnowPhoto: My photography on a gigantic screen in midtown Manhattan for the rest of the summer

Here is a pretty huge bit of news that I have been jumping up and down for joy about the whole day!

For the rest of the summer, around 70 of my photos of New York City can be viewed on an absolutely gigantic screen in midtown Manhattan. They are in a random rotation at Big Screen Plaza located between 29th and 30th street off of 6th Avenue. To say that I am excited would be a huge understatement.

The screen is a 30 x 16 ft. HD-format LED screen and is in a 10,000-square foot outdoor multimedia venue that hosts major events and screenings of an eclectic mix, ranging from cinema to sports, from the arts to fashion.

I don’t know if I will be able to wipe this huge smile off my face!



New York Photography: Big Screen Plaza photography.



You can view this post along with all relevant links if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/27856284439/vivienne-gucwa-photography-exhibited-on-a-large

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Tags: #photography   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #city   #urban   #manhattan   #viviennegucwaphotography   #photographyexhibit   #video  Photo: "Creased by time..."

The outline of the city’s memory rests in dreams so delicate they are paper thin and creased by time.

As hope escapes from excited utterances of urban dreamers, it etches itself into every structure: a permanent impression emblazoned on the cityscape secured in the vault of eternity.



New York Photography: The Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline.



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/17784867336/the-brooklyn-bridge-and-the-skyscrapers-of-the

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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #skyline #cityscape #city #brooklynbridge #newyorkcityskyline #writing #prose #poetry #skyscrapers #landscape #architecturePhoto: "Birthday fluff and how to find me on Google Currents..."

New York Photography: East Village balloons.

Before I run off to do birthday things, since today is my birthday (yes!), I wanted to share this lovely festive photo of balloons blowing in the wind on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village along with some information about how to find me on Google Currents.

It turns out that I am now a curator on Google Currents and this means that you can now view my photos and posts on your Android, iPhone and iPad. I really love the layout and how feeds look on Google Currents. I hope you do too. You can find me there by clicking here:

http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAow_Psn/vivienne_gucwa

I have been having a really wonderful birthday week. I will post more about the new lens I received as an early birthday gift on Monday in another post. Suffice to say that I am having a blast and there are cupcakes on my current agenda. How can you go wrong with that?!


You can view this post if you wish at my website here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/15298358649/st-marks-place-party-balloons-east-village-new



Tags: #photography #birthday #newyorkcity #googlecurrents #googlecurrentscurator #newyork #manhattan #eastvillage #balloons #party #festivePhoto: My photography in Times Square!

Yesterday was quite a day! It started off when I was notified that this article/interview with me about my photography was published online which then went (mildly) viral during the course of the day: http://goo.gl/GzVuS

And then, to top it all off, I ended up taking a little trip in the evening uptown to Times Square to view my photography on a nice size screen in the middle of 43rd Street and Broadway as part of the Artists Wanted contest!

I wish I had known which screen my photo was going to show up on because I would have positioned myself on that side of the (very crowded) staging area but this photo will have to do. I was so stoked that I burst into a huge and slightly ridiculous joker-smile that must have been so over-the-top that a woman standing next to me nudged me and said “Oh! That must have been your work up there, eh?” with a grin. I guess I couldn’t quite hide my crazy excitement :).

You can view the photo of mine that was chosen from the portfolio I submitted here: http://goo.gl/TjQq2 . I was really pleased that they chose this particular photo out of the nine photos in my contest portfolio since it holds a lot of sentiment.

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New York Photography: 43rd Street and Broadway. Artists Wanted.



You can read this post at my site if you wish:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/25450128742/my-photography-in-times-square-for-artists-wanted



Tags: #photography   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #newyorkcityphotography   #timessquare   #artistswanted   #art  Photo: "Dream sputters..."

New York Photography: Bow Bridge, Central Park in winter.

In the silent stillness of winter the world stops rotating temporarily.

All sound, speech and thought is muffled as the earth slumbers briefly under a blanket of freshly fallen snow.

In each snowflake rest the hopes and dreams of all who have ever felt the warmth of an anticipatory heart-flutter: dream-sputters that wrap the earth in the weight of their desires.



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/16237402445/bow-bridge-covered-in-snow-winter-in-central



Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #newyorkcity #winter #snow #centralpark #centralparkwinter #newyorkcityphotography #landscapePhoto: "Winter's dream..."

New York Photography: Autumn, Central Park. #TreeTuesday

Under a canopy of elm trees, nothing is quite as beautiful as the warmth that emanates from fallen autumn leaves.

Scattered like fiery embers, they are strewn about only suspended in motion for a short time before the wind stirs them from their molten slumber.

If winter had but one dream, it would be of this.



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/13500102248/autumn-leaves-central-park-new-york-city



Tags: #photography #writing #centralpark #newyorkcity #nyc #landscape #nature #bokeh #autumn #manhattan #prosePhoto: "Layers..."

I have been going through my photos as I add them to my new SmugMug store (you can view what's there so far here - http://goo.gl/1WLHT ). It’s been quite a journey (and a huge task since I have hundreds, if not thousands of photos to add to it!) since I am trying to also add the prose and/or descriptive writing associated with each photo to the photos there.

This is one of my favorite views of Chinatown! On the day I shot this, I noticed a girl perched on one of the roof tops (you can see her on the right side of the photo if you click to see a larger version) eating food enjoying the view of the bridge where I was standing. It was such a great New York City moment. I waved to her and she half-waved back!

This particular spot is a Chinatown neighborhood known as ‘Two Bridges’. Two Bridges sits along the East River and has long been a dwelling spot for many different immigrant communities over the years. It sits alongside the infamous and historic Five Points area where Irish, Jewish and Italian gangs battled to the death in the mid-19th century. It is currently home to a large community of Chinese immigrants and many of the buildings are tenements dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



New York Photography - East Broadway, Chinatown.



You can view this post if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/17965293732/above-chinatown-looking-down-east-broadway-at-the

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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #smugmug #writing #chinatown #newyorkcity #skyline #landscape #urban #city #cityscape #buildings #architecture #chinatownPhoto: "Where I end and you begin..."

When the wind is still, the sky seduces the city with a reverie of itself poured onto the glass of skyscrapers like a liquid dream emulsion.

The fine feathered touch of the clouds brush lightly against the the cool skin of structures reaching towards the distant comfort of loftier aspirations and shadows cast on the world below muffle the quickened heartbeats and soft sighs of this not-so-clandestine meeting.

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For all my complaints about glass buildings rising in the place of other more ornate and classic works of architecture, I will say that if you find yourself looking up at the newer glass buildings on a beautiful day, the views are beautiful.



New York Photography: Glass skyscraper. Tribeca.



You can view this post along with information about purchasing prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/20408517868/glass-skyscraper-blue-sky-and-clouds-tribeca

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Tags: #photography #skyscraper #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #newyorkcityphotography #tribeca #glass #reflection #clouds #sky #architecturePhoto: "Authentrification..."

Vesuvio Bakery - Soho, New York City.

This is one of my favorite storefronts in Soho. A little over 90 years old, Vesuvio Bakery still looks as it did for decades. A tiny bit about the original owners of the bakery is found in a newspaper article from 2003 :

“Dapolito, 83, worked as a boy in the bakery on Prince St., decades before the neighborhood came to be known as Soho. His father and mother, Nunzio and Jennie, immigrants from Naples, opened it in 1920 and Tony went on to own it after they died.”

What is interesting about this beautiful old bakery storefront is that the bakery is no longer in the Dapolito family and has changed ownership several times since the article cited above was written. However, it is currently still operating as a bakery and the owners have kept the storefront intact.

In early October, an article was making the rounds on local lower Manhattan blogs about a recent trend that involves new shop owners paying homage to the history of a neighborhood via their store facades. The article is called: In Which We Mark Graves Like Birthplaces (you can view it here: http://thisrecording.com/today/2011/10/3/in-which-we-mark-graves-like-birthplaces.html ). It calls this process “authentrification”, a term I really love but a term that definitely stirs up conflict. This process of authentrification has been happening quite a bit on the Bowery and in the East Village but the article does cite Vesuvio Bakery as being an example of this process as well. Part of me is thrilled that new businesses are looking to capture the feel of a neigborhood by zeroing in on feelings of nostalgia related to older versions of New York City but part of me also feels that some of the authentrification that is going on is a bit hollow in overall intent.

My angst seems to be mostly directed at the authentrification taking place on the Bowery (especially with Daniel Bolud’s high-priced restaurant DBGB whose storefront is modeled on the kitchen supplier stores that line the Bowery). I have tossed around the reasons in my mind why I find the situation with Vesuvio Bakery more palatable than Bolud’s authentrification on the Bowery but I still need to think about it more. I am mostly pleased that the nearly 100 year old facade of Vesuvio Bakery has been maintained by the completely different bakery that operates on the inside of Vesuvio Bakery.

I will say that I never thought I would be contemplating something like the various nuances of authentrification! Interesting times we live in…



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/11659086112/vesuvio-bakery-a-quaint-bakery-storefront-kept



Tags: #nyc #newyorkcity #soho #manhattan #newyorkcityphotography #photography #photo #newyorkphotography #vesuvio #bakery #storefront #writing #historyPhoto: "The sky's tears of joy..."

New York Photography: Angel of the Waters in the Winter. Central Park.

The silence that engulfs the world after a snowfall is deafening. All heartbeats, all footsteps, all meandering thoughts and evocations are wrapped in a heavy blanket of snow. Trees cease reaching for the sky, weighed down by the weight of the sky’s tears of joy and there is scarcely a breath to be heard.

Winter muffles the earth silencing it’s yearnings and all at once there is peace.

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I have postulated before that this may be one of the most serene areas of Central Park during and after a heavy snow. The definitive crown jewel of Central Park, the neoclassical Angel of the Waters is one of the most famous and universally loved fountains in the world. Also known as Bethesda Fountain, the winged female figure celebrates the purifying of the city’s water supply when the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842 bringing fresh water to all New Yorkers. She holds a lily, the symbol of purity in one hand while her other hand extends outward as she blesses the water below. Beneath the eight-foot gilded bronze angel are four smaller figures that symbolize Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace.

One of the things that spurred me on to create my Holiday Gift Idea Guide (http://goo.gl/NLqCX) and my initial New York City Holiday Card designs (http://goo.gl/ka0ig) were repeated requests for photos of this fountain in the snow. It’s unusual to see this fountain not surrounded by people. More unusual still is viewing it covered in a blanket of snow. I think this is when the fountain is at its most peaceful. There is an overwhelming sense of serenity that seems to permeate this area of Central Park during this sort of unique moment in time.



You can view this post if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/13634758268/angel-of-the-waters-bethesda-fountain-winter



Tags: #photography #writing #newyorkcity #centralpark #winter #snow #angel #angelofthewaters #bethesdafountain #landscape #nature #winterlandscapePhoto: "Crackled whispers of surrender..."

Autumn. Central Park, New York City.

That chill in the air wrapping itself around trees like an overflowing scarf , the crispness on the breeze chilling faces with its autumn kisses, trees displaying their decorated limbs in golden shades of serenity: Autumn.

Cinnamon sticks resting languidly in steaming mugs of hot apple cider, pumpkin-orange colored wishes carried on the scent of firewood, frosted sighs of contentment exhaled in long cool breaths, leaves sounding their crackled whispers of surrender, earth reeling from summer preparing for its long engagement with the snow-covered proclamations of winter: Autumn.



You can view this post along with info about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/11957219811/autumn-elm-trees-with-golden-yellow-foliage



Tags: #autumn #newyork #photography #writing #newyorkcity #landscape #poetry #prose #newyorkcityphotography #nyc #manhattan #centralpark #centralparkautumn #trees #whateverwednesdayPhoto: "In a trance..." (with an important note about my posts here)

New York Photography: Central Park winter trees.

Winter crunches underfoot yielding to the heavy enormity of the sheer weight of souls in transition. Trees laden with snow frozen in thought stand dormant until the springtime.

It’s on these sorts of days that the earth feels as if it is caught in a trance somewhere between dreaming and opening its frozen eyelids.

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An important note: I do apologize for not being around as much. I am going through a transitory stage of life right now. I just quite literally finished my degree this week after a fairly grueling final semester. It’s been quite a journey as far as school is/was concerned. I am feeling rather burnt out mentally, emotionally and physically due to the whirlwind this (soon to be past) year was.

To recharge, I am taking some time to uncoil myself and let myself properly unwind in the month of January. I will still be posting but my posts will be very sparse. I don’t really celebrate the New Year at this time of year since autumn feels like the proper beginning of the year to me personally but my birthday falls right after New Year’s Day so it never fails to make me ponder all the temporal things regarding life. To those who do celebrate the New Year on January 1st, may you have a wonderful year ahead.

I don’t really know how to thank everyone for their kind messages (my inbox has been overwhelmed with messages for the last few months and despite reading every single message I feel incredible guilt every time I view it), requests and love aside from saying that I really do appreciate it all. So, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

I am also struggling to figure out how I feel about certain places online. Sometimes it seems as if everything is reduced to one big popularity contest. It's hard for me to come to grips with some of the things I see posted regarding who is worthy of reading and who is not.

To those who actually read my posts (and I know that applies to only a very small number of people sadly, it seems), a big hearty thank you. You really don't know how much it means to me. In between spending quite a bit of time blocking spammers and wondering about some of the comments I get, your comments and thoughts are a bright spot here.



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/15031758302/central-park-winter-trees-covered-with-snow-new



Tags: #photography #winter #writing #prose #winter #newyears #centralpark #centralparkwinter #snow #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotographyPhoto: "And I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad..."

Pine Bank Bridge. Central Park, New York City


View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/NSUTZCWgATx

View more New York City photography by Vivienne Gucwa here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/Photo: Gifts, holiday cards, posters and prints featuring my New York City photography this holiday season - The complete list.

New York Photography: Soho in the winter.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in a post on my website that I have been creating and selling various things like invitations and holiday greeting cards featuring my photography for quite some time. More than a few people messaged me asking where to find these items and I told them I would make a master post about these items close to the beginning of December. While I would love to have this be a visual post, there are limitations in terms of images per post so I will provide quite a few links that are all intensely visual instead!

I curate a few pages over on Squidoo that serve as visual menus of everything I offer. I guarantee they are a lot of fun to browse and click through! Here are those pages:

New York City Holiday Cards - http://goo.gl/pUfT2 : Holiday cards featuring photography of Central Park in the winter, Rockefeller Center, and New York City during the holiday season.

New York Gifts - The Complete Collection - http://goo.gl/PVxgj : A nice introduction to the variety of items that I design including calendars, puzzles, invitations, postcards, necklaces, posters, prints and more.

New York City Posters - http://goo.gl/iM684 : A visual way to view my various travel posters and prints.

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For a direct store directory listing, here are just a few popular categories:


New York City Holiday Cards - http://goo.gl/W1lsU

New York City Travel Posters - http://goo.gl/IoZOd

New York City 2012 Calendars - http://goo.gl/fLxj3

New York City Invitations - http://goo.gl/34mNq

You can view the entire store here if you wish:

The New York Through The Lens Store - http://goo.gl/VK3sN

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You can also view more New York City 2012 Calendars in this post - http://goo.gl/5c1M7 - which links to my other store. My other store - http://goo.gl/twPgN - is more print-centric and also where I tend to fill print requests from customers. For example, just recently I created a custom calendar for a customer over at this store.

I wanted to also take this opportunity to thank all of the kind people who have messaged me, shared my photography, purchased my work and who inspire me on a daily basis to keep doing what I am doing. You are all so wonderful!

If you have questions about custom orders or any item in my store(s), feel free to message me here or on my Google Plus business page - http://goo.gl/ic1N6 .




You can view this post over at my main website here if you wish:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/13310864677/gifts-holiday-cards-posters-and-prints-featuring



Tags: #holiday #shopping #newyorkcity #newyorkgifts #gifts #posters #prints #holidaycard #nyc #manhattan #photography #winter #snowPhoto: A kiss in the rain. 

Central Park, New York City.

View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/Tf7p5newXou

View more New York City photography by Vivienne Gucwa here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/Photo: Streets of summer gold.

Tribeca, New York City.

View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/G6c4r4NVhx4

View more New York City photography by Vivienne Gucwa here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/Photo: "Solitary..."

In the darkest canals of the city where light seeps through slowly, wanderers emerge bleary-eyed into the sun: birthed explorers carrying darkness into the light.

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There is a solitary aspect to living in such a highly populated city such as New York City.

It’s easier to sink into the shadows.

People pass in stairways and on sidewalks with vigorous abandon : ghosts brushing shoulders in a daily anonymous tango.



New York Photography: Lower East Side alley.



You can view this post along with information about purchasing prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/21329699272/lower-east-side-alley-new-york-city-in-the

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Tags: #photography #nyc #photography #prose #writing #nycalley #alley #city #urban #shadows #newyorkcityphotographyPhoto: "Somnambulistic..."

Autumn and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dumbo, Brooklyn.

On overcast autumn days, clouds cover the city in a dreamlike haze, wrapping everything in shades of grey and melancholy. Colorful trees and structures awaken the slumbering city from its somnambulistic state.

These last attempts of awakening are the ones remembered vividly before the winter’s shades of solitude set in only interrupted by bare branches and cool steel until the city fully awakens in the spring again.

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You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/11187356782/autumn-in-new-york-city-a-view-overlooking-the

#photography #writing #autumn #newyorkcityphotographyPhoto: Sunset and storm clouds over the New York City skyline.

View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/4xoTcrChq3L

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Brooklyn, New York City.

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Central Park, New York City

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Lower East Side street art. New York City.

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New York Photography: St. Mark’s Place brownstone. East Village.


Before the leaves begin their gravity-fettered migration to the ground, the sun engages in one last embrace with the foliage ensconced shadows.

In these sun-soaked shadows, the leaves shiver while dreaming of winter’s frigid kiss waltzing slowly with the ominous brisk breeze before they are swept off their branches like young lovers swept off their feet by the newness of each other.


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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #newyorkcity #newyorkphotography #nyc #eastvillage #brownstone #architecture #ivyPhoto: Poetry on a store gate. Last night. 

Lower East Side, New York City.

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Washington Square Park. Greeenwich Village, New York City.

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Chinatown, New York City.


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New York Photography: The New York City skyline and the Manhattan Bridge.

“Chapter one. “

“He adored New York City.
He idolized it all out of proportion. “

Uh, no. Make that “He romanticized it
all out of proportion. “

“To him,
no matter what the season was,

this was still a town
that existed in black and white

and pulsated to the great tunes
of George Gershwin. “

If there is one opening sequence in cinema that perfectly illustrates even a tiny iota of the overwhelming love I have for New York City, it’s the opening sequence to Woody Allen’s Manhattan which you can view here: Manhattan (Opening) . I know that people have very definite ideas about Woody Allen but his early body of work still contains some of my favorite interpretations of life in Manhattan and this particular opening still chokes me up absolutely every time I watch it especially the montage from 1:52 on. I actually learned how to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the piano when I was younger almost entirely because of this opening sequence :).

I was asked a while ago if I ever get bored or jaded about certain views or landscapes in New York City. I didn’t really know how to answer the question without sounding like a blubbering idiot. I know many people seem to get bored of overly-photographed parts of New York City but for me, there is always something new and something special imparted to these landscapes based on each individual artist’s perspective.

The photo in this post is of a landscape that overwhelms me every time I lay eyes on it. For me, this scene encompasses a feeling that is hard to express entirely in words. It’s how the light falls onto the Manhattan Bridge embracing its architecture in a glow while the skyline gracefully pushes through the dreamy haze distilling the essence of New York City down to its purest forms of hope, beauty and possibility.



*This is a re-post from early August for newer followers and because I am in a Gershwin sort of mood today.



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Tags: #photography #writing #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #nyc #manhattan #landscape #bridge #manhattanbridge #urban #cityPhoto: "Melted gold..."

New York Photography: Central Park.

In Autumn sun drips down like melted gold on tree limbs decorated in the finest foliage. The earth, chilled by the memory of winter, holds onto the sun’s light with hands outstretched as each ray slips through its fingers like fine sand.

There is an entirely different quality to the air and sun in autumn and this is especially true in Central Park. The bitingly cool air pushes past flushed faces and every speck of sunlight provides only the smallest assurance of warmth. Dying embers of sun-specked leaves fall to the ground like ashes and creatures scurry in preparation for the long and arduous months ahead.

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Tags: #photography #writing #autumn #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #autumnnewyork #nyc #sun #landscape #prose #centralparkPhoto: Summer in the City - Perry Street - Greenwich Village - New York City ---


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Chelsea, New York City.

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Midtown, New York City

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(To recap this amazing week so far:) In interesting and exciting news my photography was discussed on +Trey Ratcliff 's live on-the-air show called “Great Google + Photographer Discoveries” on Monday night. To my surprise (and many other people’s surprise too, I am sure), +Sergey Brin stopped by during the recording (yes, really!). I think my jaw literally dropped when he ‘popped in’. I was super honored to be one of the photographers discussed but I can’t even describe how it felt to hear/see my photography discussed while Sergey Brin watched. It’s one of those moments I know I will cherish forever.

You can view the broadcast here at the link below. I highly recommend it if you are looking for some insanely awesome visual inspiration because the other photographers highlighted are truly phenomenal and gorgeous examples of their work are also displayed and discussed (all photographers are also linked in the link below in case you want to browse their work and circle them):

Trey's Variety Hour #20: Great Google+ Photographer Discoveries

And if that wasn’t enough excitement to last for ages, I sat in as a panelist last night for a live on-the-air discussion with the one and only +Thomas Hawk and the inimitable +Lotus Carroll for their weekly video broadcast called Photo Talk Plus8. If you have ever wanted to hear me talk or see me try to not completely die of stage-fright on another great show highlighting photography (the theme last night was New York!), feel free to watch here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/102476152658204495450/posts/UqZ2LfCnsCs

What a week, right? I have no clue how anything could top it :).



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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #architecture #manhattan #skyscrapers #cityscape #city #newyorkcityphotography #woolworthbuilding #bestweekeverPhoto: Summer sun. 

Conservatory Garden. Central Park, New York City.

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Sometimes the simplicity of a scene is enough to render one speechless before realizing that the perceived simplicity is complex in its own right.

The curves of architecture suggesting a softness usually relegated to flesh against a bone white sky, for example.

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The architectural design in this photo is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and is the top of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Wright was commissioned to design a space for the museum in 1943 and the project took well over a decade to complete. He apparently was disappointed in the choice of New York City as the home of the building as he thought that New York City was overbuilt and overpopulated. However, he complied with the wishes of the client and the Guggenheim was set to be built next to Central Park as possible to keep it as close to nature as possible. It is located on the Upper East Side on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets across from Central Park.

According to the Guggenheim’s site: “Nature not only provided the museum with a respite from New York’s distractions but also leant it inspiration. The Guggenheim Museum is an embodiment of Wright’s attempts to render the inherent plasticity of organic forms in architecture.

His inverted ziggurat (a stepped or winding pyramidal temple of Babylonian origin) dispensed with the conventional approach to museum design, which led visitors through a series of interconnected rooms and forced them to retrace their steps when exiting. Instead, Wright whisked people to the top of the building via elevator, and led them downward at a leisurely pace on the gentle slope of a continuous ramp. The galleries were divided like the membranes in citrus fruit, with self-contained yet interdependent sections. The open rotunda afforded viewers the unique possibility of seeing several bays of work on different levels simultaneously. The spiral design recalled a nautilus shell, with continuous spaces flowing freely one into another.”


New York Photography: The Guggenheim Museum.



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Tags: #photography #architecture #guggenheim #museum #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #nycarchitecturePhoto: "Every yesterday..."

Street art on a store gate. Lower East Side, New York City.

Layers of paint, grit, decay and meaning make me fall in love with New York City over and over again.

Elaborate painted dreamscapes unfold on slumbering store gates surrounded by the discarded remnants of every yesterday and every today.
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#photography #writing #newyorkphotography #streetartPhoto: "Ghost shiver..."

New York Photography: Central Park Winter Path.

I think back to days spent wrapped in the cold silence of freshly fallen snow in Central Park. The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare’s Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace.

It’s on days like this when the sun rests longer than usual and winter’s essence seeps through every crack and crevice that the earth quivers a ghost shiver that rests in summer’s memory.

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As requested, here is the link to the master post about my photography on various posters, prints, cards, calendars and a wide variety of items/gifts: http://goo.gl/nJiKc.


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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #newyorkcity #centralpark #winter #snow #landscape #newyorkcityphotography #centralparkwinter #centralparksnow #winterlandscapePhoto: I made a post over at my site about my collection of cool iPhone 5 cases featuring my own brand of New York City photography:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/31745677849/10-cool-iphone-5-cases-featuring-new-york-city

Enjoy! (the post above has quite a few photos of the designs and relevant links)





Tags: #photography   #iphone5   #iphone   #iphone5cases   #newyorkcity   #nyc   #newyorkcityphotography   #nyciphone5cases   #cooliphone5cases   #manhattan  Photo: "Between heaven and earth..."

The Metropolitan Life Tower skybridge and the Metropolitan North Building. 

Midtown, New York City.

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Central Park, New York City.

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East Village, New York City.

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Chelsea, New York City.

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Tribeca, New York City.


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New York Photography: The Macy's Herald Square Believe Sign.

I really love this sign. It sits above the entrance to Macy’s flagship store on 34th street in midtown Manhattan. It is supposed to draw on the nostalgia associated with the Thanksgiving Parade in New York City and the film Miracle On 34th Street which was shot at this location in 1947. However, it also recalls the famous 1897 New York Sun editorial which proclaimed “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” The sign comes to life at night when it is lit up but I love how it appears mid-day. It seems to blend into the shadows and only just partially jumps out in the right lighting.

This image holds particular significance to me because it’s one of the first I took on January 2nd after being taken to B&H Photo as an early birthday present by someone very dear to me who proceeded to gift me a wide-angle lens I have been fantasizing about owning for quite some time. I immediately attached it to my camera body after walking out of B&H Photo with it and giddily skipped down 34th Street until I got to this spot where I took this photo. To say that I am in love with my new lens would be a huge understatement. Love doesn’t even seem an adequate enough word for how I feel about it!



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Tags: #photography #history #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #nyc #manhattanPhoto: "A Tale of Two Cities..."

Soho, New York City

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Brooklyn, New York City.


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Chelsea, New York City.

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Chelsea, New York City.


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High Line Park wild flowers. Chelsea, New York City.


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Midtown, New York City.

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Central Park, New York City.


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Flatiron District,New York City.

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Tribeca, New York City.

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New York City.

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Lower East Side, New York City.

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Chelsea, New York City.


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Chelsea, New York City.

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Cobble Hill. Brooklyn, New York City

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4 Park Avenue and the Empire State Building. Midtown, New York City.

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Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. New York City.

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Columbus Circle, New York City.

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New York photography: Train Station. Dumbo, Brooklyn. New York City.

We wait.

We wait for the city to move beneath our feet.

We wait for the universe to rise up from under the weight of our own gravitas; the movement of our world spinning on its axis.

And while we wait, the plaster crumbles, the paint peels, the train tracks rust; all suspended in their own decay like flies in amber.

We wait because it’s the only way to slow down as time pushes us forward further and further into the vast expanse of eternity.

We wait for the train to come.



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Tags: #newyork #newyorkcity #train #photography #writing #poetry #prose #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #trainstation #nyc #brooklyn #dumboPhoto: Artists at the Howl Festival 2011. Tompkins Square Park. 

East Village, New York City.

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Greenwich Village, New York City

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8 Spruce Street. Financial District, New York City.

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Rain is the sky’s love song to the city.

The sky opens up revealing an other-worldly light that cloaks the city in effervescent splendor.

Sidewalks and streets, slick with promise, mirror the movement of urban explorers navigating the sleek concrete as taxi lights shine their refracted, blurred lights into the vast expanse of the rain-soaked landscape.



New York Photography: Rainy day - Washington Square, Greenwich Village



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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #writing #poetry #prose #rain #manhattan #blackandwhite #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography #umbrella #moodyPhoto: The New York City skyline at sunset. Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn.View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/6PNWGo74xi2View more New York City photography by Vivienne Gucwa here:http://nythroughthelens.comPhoto: The New York City skyline and the Manhattan Bridge. New York City.View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/U6uLGA7HviBView more New York City photography by Vivienne Gucwa here:http://nythroughthelens.com/Photo: Central Park and midtown skyscrapers viewed from above. New York City.

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The New York City skyline.

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Brooklyn, New York City.

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New York Photography: Upper East Side.

Buildings contain a veritable wealth of tales. Their architecture betrays their secret inner monologues and soliloquies. Decades of exuberant happiness tempered with a moderate balance of unbridled sorrow are encased in the dignified stoicism of structure and form.



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Tags: #photography #newyorkcityphotography #writing #prose #nyc #manhattan #architecture #uppereastside #uesPhoto: "99 Luft Black Balloons....or something like that..."

Happy Halloween! 

Lower East Side, New York City.

Sometimes there are moments that occur that are so whimsical and perfect for the time of year that it makes you stop dead in your tracks and smile the widest smile that you can accommodate. This was one of those moments.

I was walking around my neighborhood and a man was standing perfectly still with a gaggle of black balloons the day before Halloween. In typical New York City fashion, passerbys hardly even blinked an eye. They sort of resembled a very large bunch of grapes. I am sure they were for a Halloween event. At least I would like to imagine they were.

Happy Halloween everyone!


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Tags: #halloween #nyc #newyork #lowereastside #photography #photo #happyhalloween #manhattan #balloons #festivePhoto: The Chrysler Building and the Socony Mobil Building. 

Midtown, New York City.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 

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Domino Sugar Factory. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. New York City.

There is something remarkably touching about urban decay. It is as if sorrow and longing can be traced in the peeling layers and crumbling brick. In warm sunlight, the rich colors created by iron oxidation produce the most beautiful textures on old pipes and metal framework. The memory of those who graced the intricate insides of these structures is delicately preserved by the faded remnants that remain.

During the period following the Civil War, New York was the top provider of refined sugar to the United States, and for a period of time the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was the largest sugar refinery in the world. At one time, the factory employed over 4,000 workers and processed 3 million pounds of sugar a day.

After nearly 150 years of service, the factory shut down in 2004 due to a decline in demand. There is a new plan for this space to make it a residential space which is being actively protested by groups like the Waterfront Preservation Alliance and the Landmarks Conservancy who believe that huge development in this space would destroy the history and architectural legacy of the sugar factory. I am inclined to agree with their assessment.



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Freshly fallen snow. Lower East Side, New York City

It is snowing here in lower Manhattan. I can’t recall a time in recent memory when it snowed this early in the year. The flakes are enormous and quite beautiful. I love snow in the city when it first falls. The city is so beautiful in freshly fallen snow. Streets empty and street lights illuminate the swirling snow.

This particular photo was taken last winter during a blizzard. One of my favorite winter activities is bundling myself up and wandering around in the snow. In the case of a blizzard, I don’t really recommend this unless you are sure you have places you can duck into every so often since the wind gusts during blizzard conditions are usually over 50 miles per hour. On the night that I took this photo, the winds were so strong that it was difficult to walk straight and I think I ended up ducking into doorways and still-open stores about a dozen times to thaw out and resist frostbite. I am lucky to live in a neighborhood (Lower East Side) that has a number of bodegas and stores that stay open no matter what the weather is and I am grateful to the places that gave me brief moments of warmth and shelter.

I don’t know if this early snowfall is an indicator of a snowy winter ahead but I do know that if it does snow quite a bit, I will be out there bundled up twirling under the street lights with the falling snow.


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New York Photography: Giant red ornaments. 6th Avenue midtown holiday decorations.

I have something to confess. I grew up in a household that didn’t celebrate holidays. Every winter, I would longingly imagine having a giant Christmas tree to decorate, holiday lights to string up everywhere: twinkling like little stars scattering their dream-warmth everywhere.

When I first moved out of my parent’s house at 18, I decorated the first few rooms I lived in with an abundance of holiday lights. I strung them up with great gusto along my walls year round. I spent a few years celebrating Christmas with wide-eyed wonder. Decorating a tree had never been such a joy (I still have a special love for Bing Crosby’s crooning renditions of Christmas carols).

Over the years, I haven’t really been too into holidays in general. I still have a flair for decorating my apartment but I can’t remember the last time I had a tree or even did any sort of festive decorating of my own.

What is most amusing is how absolutely into New York City holiday decorations I have been over the past few years. I eagerly wait for the beginning of December because I know that Rockefeller Center and surrounding areas of midtown Manhattan will be dolled up in their holiday finest. Tree branches are entirely ensconced with holiday lights, giant ornaments sit stop golden fountains and even street food vendors go out of their way to accessorize their food stands with holiday decorations.

The crowning glory of holiday decorating belongs to Rockefeller Center, of course (you can bet that I have tons of photos I have taken of the decorations and tree there that I will post! I have used some of them in my New York City Holiday Card designs - http://goo.gl/9QC3R). However, this display on 6th Avenue close to Rockefeller Center is also one of my favorites. I love how sense of scale is shifted. Giant red ornament balls sit on a fountain and everyone is dwarfed by the sheer majesty of the display.



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New York Photography: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Wishing everyone regardless of what they believe in or celebrate a beautiful day today and tomorrow full of joy, happiness, peace and love.

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One of my favorite renditions of Silent Night: stunningly beautiful:

Silent night - Sinead O'Connor (audio)



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New York Photography: The New York City skyline and the Empire State Building.

There was a brief meme here on Google Plus yesterday regarding the posting of people’s first posts ever on Google Plus. I thought it would be interesting to dig through my posts and find the first post/photo I posted on Google Plus back at the beginning of July.

I was pleased to find that this was one of my first photos that I posted here on July 14th (if you are curious, here is the original post: https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/UEcv71LGs27 ). It’s one of my favorite New York City skyline shots that I have taken precisely because the Empire State Building isn’t the main focus. I happen to love the Empire State Building, don’t get me wrong. However, I really love the tops of the various skyscrapers that lead the eye towards the Empire State Building from this particular vantage point. There is a proud quality to the ornate skyscraper rooftops that seem to almost march forward in solidarity like one giant skyscraper army with the Empire State Building as its General.



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New York Photography: Stone Street Historic Distict. Lower Manhattan.

Something I absolutely love about New York City is that tucked away between the towering monuments of modernity that populate the cityscape are streets that look as if they have been transported from another era and geographic location entirely. These streets are suspended in time like flies in amber.

This area is known as the Stone Street historic district in lower Manhattan. Bound by Stone Street, Pearl Street, and South William Streets and Mill Lane, it is a section that is unlike any of its surrounding blocks. This particular section is bound by South William street. Around the block from this part of the area are other historic buildings and the Stone Street area ‘proper’.

In 1903, the architect C.P.H. Gilbert designed new street facades on the buildings in this section of South William Street (57 Stone Street on the other side). Gilbert’s neo-Dutch Renaissance architecture features structural details like stepped gables and strapwork and was a nod to the early settlement of Manhattan .

This area which dates back to the 1600s when New York City was first colonized by Dutch settlers was sadly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1835. The surrounding section of Stone Street was rebuilt with granite bases of post-and-lintel construction and upper-additions of brick which were specifically erected for importers and merchants.



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Tags: #photography #writing #history #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #nyc #architecture #manhattan #fidi #financialdistrictPhoto: "Melted gold..."Central Park in autumn. New York City.View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108527329601014444443/posts/MyY72nLJ88NPhoto: "Cathedral of leaves..."

New York Photography: Central Park, New York City.

Autumn in New York City is absolutely intoxicating.

That intoxication reaches a frenzied peak in Central Park. There is a two week period of time every year when the trees display foliage so brilliant that it’s impossible not to feel a rush of giddy excitement on first view.

The sky melds with the water reflecting stained glass colored foliage and smile-bearing wanderers pause to take in the awe and splendor of nature in the cathedral of leaves.


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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #newyorkcity #centralpark #autumn #landscape #newyorkcityphotography #nyc #manhattan #autumnnewyorkPhoto: The roof top graffiti of Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

 Two Bridges, New York City

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Chinatown, New York City.

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Midtown, New York City

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Doyers Street. Chinatown, New York City.

Out of the way streets tell a wealth of tales. The bright afternoon sun beats down on old decaying walls and fire escapes creating elongated shadows that seem to stretch indefinitely. If the well-worn awnings could talk, just think of the secrets they would reveal.

This is one of my favorite streets in Lower Manhattan. It’s Doyers Street located in Chinatown. I have always considered it more of an alley. It’s a peculiar street that winds and curves around tucking itself away from the rest of Chinatown. At only around 200 feet long, Doyers Street runs from Pell Street to Chatham Square. It’s home to very old tenements and long-standing businesses like The Nom Wah Tea Parlor which opened in 1927.

In the early 20th century the curve in the street was known as “the Bloody Angle” because of a plethora of violent acts carried out by Chinatown gangs. The expression ‘hatchet man’ is said to have come from this era and these violent acts which often included hatchets. While the street is not bloody or violent today, it’s been used in a variety of films and is definitely worth a visit.

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#photography #writing #newyorkcityphotographyPhoto: Autumn elm trees in Central Park. New York City.

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Rainy evening in Chinatown, New York City.

In-between light creates all its own stories. It’s the light after a long night when the city sleepily shakes off the blanket of darkness and stretches in the first few rays of the waking sun and it’s also the light after a long day when the city unwinds basking in the low light of dusk.

In-between light caught in the steady drizzle of rain is even more enchanting. Tears of laughter, heartache, sorrow and joy fall on the city streets silencing their hungry rumble. Buildings darken as the city blurs softly preparing for its nightly refractory period.


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Tags: #newyorkcity #newyork #newyorkphotography #nyc #manhattan #chinatown #streetphotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitenewyorkcityphotography #streetPhoto: "Jars with which to capture moments that flicker like fireflies..."

Bow Bridge. Central Park, New York City.

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This is my contribution to +Selfy Sunday curated by +Jeff Smith and +Levi Moore . The theme this week is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) - the only thing we were allowed to do is convert to jpg: no processing allowed whatsoever on the photos (not even cropping!!).

I have to say this was a daunting task. I actually ended up taking quite a few photos to try to get the lighting/placement of me vs. the camera right.

All I used was my camera with my 50mm lens set on a 10 second timer (I don't even own a remote!!, I had to set the timer and run to my chair each time) placed on my kitchen counter directly opposite me propped up on books (hah) and my computer desk light (Sunlight Desk Lamp Natural Full Spectrum Sun Light. Simulates Daylight). I ended up aiming the light directly above my head to the right of my face with the rest of the lights off in my apartment which actually ended up creating a really awesome almost gradient-like shadow effect here.

I have to say, I am completely fascinated by portrait photography since I haven't gotten a change to dabble in it too much yet.This was a great Selfy Sunday in that respect!

I am going to add the other 9 untouched/unprocessed photos from this set to my profile photos and share them too (maybe).

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Tags: #photography #selfportrait #selfysunday #soocPhoto: "In dreams..."Tribeca, New York City.

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Autumn in Central Park. New York City

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Central Park, New York City.

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Autumn foliage. Central Park. New York City


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New York Photography: East Village sunset on fire escapes.


When the sun dips feverishly close to the horizon, there is an hour or two when even the most ordinary of scenes become extraordinary. The day’s harsh light collapses into shards of warmth and radiance and windows open their eyes wide open reflecting the sun’s last lusty overtures.

It’s during these last moments that buildings soak in the afterglow of the sun’s long lingering kiss and shadows inch closer and closer to these alluring shards of radiance hoping to bask in the sun’s sensual embrace.



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Bow Bridge at the peak of autumn. 

Central Park, New York City.

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Alphabet City. East Village, New York City.

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Central Park, New York City.

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This is a post all about dreams: more specifically the realization of dreams. It’s an all encompassing subject that has been brewing in my mind for the past few days.

It all started when +Trey Ratcliff made a post about Schemer last week. +Schemer is a new site by Google that allows users to make lists of schemes. It’s a way to discover lifelong interests, everyday activities and view recommendations of things to do by other users that just may appeal to you.

I have always been list-phobic. I have often gone out of my way to not make lists out of a mix of fear of committing to a set path and/or limiting myself in any way, shape or form. And so I found myself with an invite to try out Schemer and I skeptically decided to try it out.

Within hours of my initial invite, I found myself writing out schemes and dreams that had been percolating in my mind for ages but that I had never even spoken about to other people. The satisfaction of seeing these aspirations listed in one place is satisfying in a way I can’t quite describe other than to say that it’s a bit like peering into a crystal ball of wishes. I am sure that the lovely people at Google who designed Schemer intend(ed) it to be a place for local and international activities on a small scale but it appears that I am not alone in using Schemer as a place to put life wishes.

A strange thing happened in the process of authoring schemes. It was as if the process of putting wishes into concise statements turned them into distinct possibilities: dreams imbued with the breath of life. What an exhilarating realization! And so, I have been putting what I like to call my “dreams, schemes and eye-gleams” on Schemer to imbue them with a life of their own.

I decided to put some of my larger aspirations in this post (in addition to where they reside for all to see on Schemer, of course) so I can come back to them here to inspire me to work to achieve some of these “dreams, schemes and eye-gleams”. If you are on Schemer, you can find my profile here:

http://www.schemer.com/profile/di5lj8tqgq08a 

If you are not on Schemer, there are many invites floating around on the internet currently. I can’t speak highly enough about it (as you can see!).

Some of my grander aspirations:

*Become successful as a photographer. - As an emerging photographer, I have been steadily trying to carve a name for myself little by little over time. I went back to university a few years ago to finally finish a degree I abandoned in my early 20s due to financial constraints and in the midst of that process, I started to take photos and found that the process of taking and sharing photos was something that gave me the most passion in life.

Find something you are passionate about that gives meaning to your life which goes hand in hand with a few other schemes I put out there including: Not settle for anything less than the best in this life - Prior to going back to university a few years ago, I was in a place in my life where I felt limited and stilted as if all of my aspirations were squelched by a thousand negative outside forces.

When I started delving into photography and putting my work online back in 2010, it was as if photography had the ability to open up all of the doors that were shut for me previously and pummel the negative forces that made me feel limited and stilted. I have never felt so much passion for anything. The process of taking and sharing photos is something that causes the rest of the world to dissolve around me when I am in the process of doing those things and most importantly it makes me feel at one with myself. I don’t take that feeling for granted and I hope I never will. In fact, I wish everyone could find something in this life that gives them that feeling of passionate unadulterated bliss.

Travel the world with my camera which coincides with many other schemes like: Take a photograph in the center of every major city on earth, Visit every continent and swim in every ocean and Live life like it is the ultimate adventure - To be able to travel and document my experiences via photography and writing has been something I visualize every night before I go to sleep. This dream gets me through the hard times in my life. All of the self-doubt I carry around with me like an anchor lightens when I imagine what I could achieve by traveling the world. I can practically feel the grand possibility of it all in my bones.

Meet interesting people from Google Plus - This is actually something I already achieved but I think it’s an ongoing scheme, for sure. Google Plus has opened up so many doors for me in regards to meeting other photographers, writers, artists and all-around inspiring people. It’s almost hard to envision what my online life was like prior to Google Plus! Google Plus has one of the most nurturing creative communities I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of.

One of the ways I have met people is through organized photowalks in New York City. As a primarily solitary photographer who feels the most comfortable shooting alone, I was initially skeptical about the idea of meeting up with other photographers and going on photowalks but I can definitely say that the Google Plus New York City Photowalks I have gone on have been extremely inspiring and fun.

Go on a Google + Photowalk in Space - I actually didn’t author this scheme. It was already on Schemer and its tags include +Lotus Carroll and +Ron Garan (I think because Lotus took part in interviewing Ron Garan recently). Ron Garan is a NASA astronaut who started using Google Plus in Space aboard the International Space Station. He has taken some of the most incredible photos of the Earth from space. How incredible would it be to go on a Google Plus Photowalk in Space? Seriously! Ok, so this scheme seems a little far-reaching but I am willing to bet that at some point, photographing the Earth from Space will become the ‘thing to do’. Trust me :).

Live passionately, love deeply and inspire others to do the same - I strongly believe that you get back what you give. To be able to inspire and see other people live their lives truly following their passions and experiencing love along the way would be a gift. Life is so fleeting and yet it’s full of possibility, hope and promise which makes it beautiful in a grandiose way. I hope to never forget this about life and to always aspire to live my life passionately and to love deeply.

I wrote a comment on one of the schemes I authored that hasn’t left my mind since I put it on Schemer. The comment was:

“I like to put my dreams out to the world in the hope that having my dreams take flight will somehow propel them to great heights… I like to believe that anything is possible in this life. So, here is to putting my dream out there and giving all of them wings to soar up to the realm of possibility.”

I really encourage everyone to put their dreams out there whether it be via Schemer or via some other method.

Here is to each and every one of our dreams taking flight and soaring up to the realm of possibility…


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New York Photography: Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Tags: #schemer #photography #writing #dreams #hopes #aspirations #life #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #cherryblossoms #brooklyn #brooklynbotanicgardenPhoto: "All of the promises in the world..." 

Bow Bridge. Central Park, New York City.

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Central Park. New York City.


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New York City.

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Chinatown, New York City.

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New York Photography. Friends Seminary. Stuyvesant Square, New York City.

I am still coping with my injured leg (it’s been almost a month now). The healing process is very slow and I had a few more x-rays taken last week to determine how my healing was going. Thankfully, the results were positive but I was told I am only half way through the healing process and that I need 8 weeks of physical therapy to get my range of motion back in my left leg. The actual injury ended up being a mild tibial plateau fracture which people are usually advised to keep off of for at least 6 weeks. However, it wasn’t caught on the initial x-rays and since my doctor thought it was a torn knee ligament, he advised me to walk around. He was in shock that I wasn’t in excruciating pain and that my leg bones are in place. We were both thankful that I seem to have great bones! However, it’s been hard to not be as active as I usually am. I have to budget my time each week since going out and walking around for even an hour is exhausting since my leg doesn’t move properly (due to scar tissue which is going to be worked out in physical therapy). I am just thankful that it didn’t end up being worse!

Due to my current physical status, I have had a lot of time to go through last year’s photos that I took around autumn and Halloween. It’s always great to re-visit work periodically (and re-edit said work). This photo was taken around that time. It’s of one of my favorite older buildings in this area of Manhattan. The building is called the Friends Seminary and it has a really interesting history:

“Friends Seminary, established by members of the Religious Society of Friends (members are known as Quakers), was founded in 1786 as Friends’ Institute through a $10,000 bequest of Robert Murray (merchant). Friends’ Institute was located on Pearl Street in Manhattan and strived to provide Quaker children with a “guarded education.” In 1826, the school was moved to a larger campus on Elizabeth Street. Tuition in that year was $10 or less per annum, except for the oldest students, whose families paid $20. The school again moved in 1860 to its current location and changed its name to Friends Seminary.

In 1878, Friends Seminary was one of the earliest of schools to establish a Kindergarten. In 1925, it was the first private co-educational school to hire a full-time psychologist. Friends has long had a very strong reputation for being a diverse and philosophically open school, and traditionally has had Quakers as heads of school. In recent years the school has increased its endowment to the level of other New York City independent schools such as The Dalton School and The Brearley School and engaged in an ambitious and controversial renovation of its buildings. The school is one of New York City’s most sought-after private schools.”

As someone who attended (and survived) New York City public schools for my pre-college education, I have always been fascinated by the various private schools in Manhattan. It’s a completely foreign world to me, one that I assume others find just as intriguing (for various reasons) judging by the success of shows like Gossip Girl.

Growing up, I used to read stories about these types of schools (including boarding schools). They were my own version of fairy tales in some ways and buildings like this one were exactly how I pictured the various fictional private schools in my mind.

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Tags: #photography #writing #nyc #newyork #halloween #autumn #newyorkphotography #newyorkcityphotography #stuyvesantsquare #pumpkin #ivyPhoto: Summer in Central Park overlooking Conservatory Water. 

Central Park, New York City.

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New York Photography: Soho at night.

At night when the sun drops below the buildings, lights twinkle like urban constellations against the cool black backdrop of the sky as night wraps itself around the city.

Late night explorers speed past the city’s galactic projections like starships whizzing from one urban planet to another.

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Tags: #photography #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #newyorkcityphotography #soho #restaurant #night #citynight #city #urbanPhoto: "Eternal..."

V-J Day in Times Square re-imagined. Brooklyn, New York City.

We live in times where other eras are referenced and re-appropriated rapidly and with wild abandon. One could potentially craft dozens upon dozens of essays critiquing our post-post-modern times (and many great critiques already exist).

I came across this rapidly decaying piece of street art last year in Brooklyn. It barely stood out since it was on a store gate that was almost entirely enveloped in shadows. This image is of the famous V-J Day in Times Square photo taken initially by Alfred Eisenstadt on on August 14, 1945. V-J Day was a day in 1945 when the surrender of Japan occurred resulting (loosely) in the end of World War II. It was one of the first times that Japan’s Emperor Hirohito broadcast anything publicly to the Japanese people over the radio and it was to announce the surrender. I am currently taking a class called Asian American Memoirs where we have been covering this time period in a rather intense fashion from the point of view of Japanese Americans. It’s a sobering experience and it makes my heart swell with sadness.

This enduring image has come to represent elation, victory, romance, abandon and joy. However the context is important because when you peel back the layers you realize that history isn’t so tidy and that there are many sides to the story that unfolds with this kiss and subsequent image. One could argue that over time this eternal image of a kiss between a sailor and a nurse has come to develop its own meaning detached from what the subjects were celebrating.

It seems fitting that this image was re-appropriated as a paste-up decaying rapidly yet captured by the same snap of a camera much like the original image was captured.



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Tags: #streetartsaturday #photography #photo #streetart #newyork #newyorkphotography #newyorkcity #nyc #brooklyn #newyorkcityphotography #art #history #writingPhoto: "Stolen moments..."

Chinatown, New York City. New York photography.

Stolen moments are the sweetest moments. When the rest of the city has escaped for the day, the world melts away with a lingering kiss under an umbrella.

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Prior to a few months ago, I never took photos in the rain. However, once I started taking photos in the rain, I could barely remember why I never wanted to do such a thing. It's become one of my favorite things to do. New York City on a rainy day is an entirely different city than New York City on a pleasant day.

It has been rainy here in New York City recently and there is a lot of tension in the air in lower Manhattan with the news of the decision regarding Zuccotti Park. I spent the afternoon getting an MRI done of my knee. The healing process hasn’t been fun and it’s been very slow. Between the weather, the Occupy Wall Street situation and my knee situation, things seem rather ominous. I have been going through rain photos (like the one in this post) to cheer myself up.
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Tags: #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #photography #writing #chinatown #blackandwhite #manhattan #streetphotographyPhoto: The Secret Garden Water Lily Pool. 

Central Park, New York City.

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Tribeca, New York City.

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New York Photography: Chinatown

Under the weight of the sky’s tears streets glisten reflecting the gleam in the eye of the clouds overhead. The day washes away slowly: its sorrows and joys melt into puddles under-foot.

It’s on these sorts of evenings that all of the cares in the world pale in comparison to the momentary haze that engulfs the city: a sultry, sorrowful, sedate embrace.

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Tags: #photography #writing #newyorkcity #manhattan #chinatown #rain #prose #poetry #blackandwhite #streetphotography #newyorkcityphotography #streetPhoto: Urban decay. 

Chinatown, New York City.

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Tribeca, New York City.

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New York Photography: Financial District.

At night after the multitudes have retreated to their homes away from the buildings and streets that hold them close during the day the city relaxes shaking the dust of the long day from its concrete limbs.

The street lights flicker like dream-heavy blinks of an eye while smokestacks exhale world-weary breaths of smoke into the yawning night air.

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This is a re-post from a few months ago. There was a mishap here on Google Plus which resulted in my original post being eaten up (the problem has since been fixed by the lovely people at Google!). This is probably new to a lot of people though since somehow I seem to have gotten a large amount of new followers recently.



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Tags: #photography #writing #prose #poetry #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #blackandwhite #noir #shadows #night #nyc #manhattanPhoto: Skybridge and fire escapes. 

Tribeca, New York City.

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Lower East Side, New York City.

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Photography of the New York City skyline from above.

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Jeniviva. Photos in this post are NOT BY ME but by Pixievision (see end of post for a link to their lovely site).

I received terrible news today. Someone who I was close with during a pivotal time in my life (the beautiful woman in these photos) from when I was 17 years old into my early 20s died in a car accident. It’s hard for me to even write let along compose thoughts about this because I am so overwhelmed with grief. How does one make sense out of such a senseless tragedy?

I was going through so much turmoil in my life when I first met her back when I was in my late teens. She was one of the people who welcomed me into her home and heart during my darkest moments and I spent some of the most vivid moments of that part of my life with her.

So many memories are flooding my mind. Only a few:

~ nights spent in her cocoon-like room listening to barely audible Roger Waters (my dreams still recall the dream-dialogue from falling to sleep to all those listens of The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking by candlelight in her room especially Roger Waters - 4.50 AM (Go Fishing) ), Dead Can Dance, Peter Murphy and Siouxsie and the Banshie albums before drifting off to sleep,

~ the first band I was ever in with her,

~ watching her roll down the hill (on multiple occasions) in the amphitheater at Queens College,

~ her calling me gothic-Barbie when she first met me at 17 (I had long white-blonde hair before I started to dye it 47896 different colors),

~ the time we went away for a weekend in winter with our drummer and other bandmates that is forever etched in my mind (standing and twirling in the snow! laughing at everything and anything, the crazy breakfast we had that one morning when we were all so tired and hungry and everything was hilarious),

~ both of us dressing up in Victorian costume after watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula, trying to re-enact scenes (she was Mina, I was a terrible Lucy) and collapsing into laughing fits because we realized how absurd we were being,

~ watching Total Recall for the first time ever in her parent’s room on one of the many weekends I slept over her apartment and rewinding the scene with “two weeks” over and over again because we couldn’t stop laughing,

~ listening to Portishead for the first time with her and our friends,

~ the awesome faces she used to make whenever Peek-a-Boo by Siouxsie and the Banshees played,

~ going to The Bank (goth club on the Lower East Side) with her and our friends (tons of memories tied up with this),

~ that one time when we were supposed to be handing out flyers for something (band thing? I can’t remember) at The Bank but we ended up leaving the flyers in some corner and dancing and laughing to 3 songs instead (oops) (hah)

~ comforting her and crying with her in the bathroom at Will’s funeral and the conversation we had that evening and hug we shared that seemed to last forever,

~ her reading my runes for me when I was 18 as I smirked because I thought it was absurd nonsense. In retrospect, it was a painfully tragic prediction of things that (bizarrely enough) were about to occur and ended up actually happening (we both thought there must have been a mistake in the moment though),

~ her penchant for silly nicknames - her name for me was “Nivea”

~ listening to Mazzy Star in Chris’s basement with Yana in the little furnace room and making up alternative lyrics to Mazzy Star - Unreflected (Extended) that may or may not have included a lyric change from ‘memories’ to ‘mammaries’ (still makes me laugh),

~ a rather deep conversation I had with her a few years ago out at a dance event about our lives,

~ her personality that was larger than anything in this whole wide world.

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She was a star: one that burned brightly with great intensity.

She had a personality that could fill up the universe with light, laughter and magic.

She takes the secrets I shared with her about things I have never uttered to anyone else with her now and my heart feels heavier than air.

I have some very existential beliefs about our existence on this earth. Yet somehow, with this loss, I feel as if her spirit is tangible; as if in every tear, a bit of her is present. She touched so many people’s lives. She touched mine in a way that I will most likely never forget for as long as I am blessed enough to exist. I am reminded of how fragile and delicate our existences are in this moment.

Many people know (I can’t use the term ‘knew’ just yet, it’s too difficult and makes it too real, like pouring salt into a wound) her via her brilliant dance career. I am going to share some performances of hers that I love immensely so others can understand even just an iota of the beauty and talent this world lost today:

Jeniviva - Plight of the Siren Performance Piece:

Jeniviva's "Plight of the Siren" piece at The Royal Theatre NYC, April 2009

*Jen's performance at Je'Bon on October 26, 2011:

Jeniviva Mia, Halloween Haflha at Je'Bon 10.26.2011

Jen talking about Gothic Bellydance and femme fatales:

Tanna Valentine Vlog: Jeniviva - Femme Fatale DVD & Gothic Bellydance

Jeniviva - At Dances of Vice 2010:

JeniViva at Dances of Vice 2010

Jeniviva performing an improvisational piece back in 2005 (one of my favorites despite the video quality):

Gothic Bellydance: JeniViva with Djinn


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I will end this post with one of Jen’s favorite quotes from her favorite novel by Herman Melville and a song:

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off — then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” Chapter 1 - Herman Melville - Moby Dick


Jen played this for me years ago for the first time on an intense night that will forever remind me of her and somehow seems fitting for right now:

Sanvean (I am your shadow) - Lisa Gerrard



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Tags: #myheartweeps #loss #love #tragedy #life #jeniviva #thebrighteststarPhoto: Flickr's New York City Photowalk

Flickr hosted a photowalk meetup yesterday at the High Line elevated park in Chelsea. I go on many photowalks (you can view my photos from a few recent ones here - http://goo.gl/69LLY ) so I did and didn’t know what to expect. I am happy to say that I had an amazing time! Not only did I see many familiar faces from previous Google Plus photowalks but I met some newer photographer friends from Facebook and some Flickr users I had never met in person before.

Flickr’s head of product, +Markus Spiering (the person in the center of the photo in this post playfully giving the Flickr colored beachballs a good tap!) was there with Flickr swag and a positive message about the future of Flickr. As a longtime user of Flickr, it was really wonderful to talk to him yesterday (we talked so much, I barely took any photos during the photowalk!). I also got a chance to sit down with him and a few other friends over some super tasty Currywurst at the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten.

I absolutely love Google Plus and consider it my home but I still find Flickr very, very valuable in terms of my photography (for a whole multitude of reasons) so it was reassuring to hear from Markus that many of the positive things that he expressed on the official Flickr blog earlier this year were just the beginning for the future of Flickr.

I have to say that it was refreshing to not only discuss some of my main issues with Flickr as well as the things I love about it but also hear from Markus himself that Flickr will be improved upon in a major way that will be amazing for all Flickr users from those who use Flickr to share their photos with friends and family to hobbyist photographers as well as professional photographers and all varieties of photography lovers.

Here is to a great year for Flickr!



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New York Photography - NYC Flickr Meetup

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Tags: #photography #flickr #flickrmeetup #nycflickrmeetup #chelsea #highline #photographers #photowalkPhoto: A love note from New York City.

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Washington Square Park fountain. Greenwich Village, New York City.

The inherent romance that pulses through the city at night grows stronger in the summer. Lamp posts and surfaces weary from the noonday sun glisten in the moonlight and night breezes carry the whispers of lovers along slowly and deliberately.

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I just read a forecast that is predicting that this will be one of the most brutal winters on record. Autumn’s chill in the air, while welcome, is also ominous.The summer is already seeming like an increasingly distant memory.

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#photography #writing #blackandwhite #waterwednesdayPhoto: Echinacea flowers along the High Line Elevated Park in Chelsea, New York City.

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Midtown, New York City.


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New York City.

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http://nythroughthelens.com/Photo: The Washington Square Park fountain.Greenwich Village, New York City.View the writing that accompanies this post here at this link on Google Plus:https://plus.google.com/108527329601014444443/posts/3GCrD7avjunView more New York City photography by Vivienne Gucwa here:http://nythroughthelens.com/Photo: Sunset over skyscrapers. 

Midtown, New York City.

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The New York City skyline featuring the Manhattan Bridge as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City.

I am in an exceptionally great mood today. Tonight, I am attending the first ever gallery showing of my photography. It’s a group show with three other photographers and a private event where 8 of my photos will be on display. I will post all about it over the next few days (with photos of course). I also just got back from the orthopedic specialist who gave me the go ahead to abandon my crutches (from my bike accident a week ago). While I am still dealing with a ligament tear, I am thrilled that I can just wear my knee brace to the event tonight!

In honor of today, I am re-posting this post from a few months back. It’s about my photography origins and it makes me well up with tears when I read it because it feels like I have come so very far in a relatively short amount of time. It’s been a bumpy road full of challenges and road-blocks but it’s also been one hell of an adventure.

It seems fitting to post today somehow. I am so thankful for everyone here and all the wonderful people who I met and friended on this wild journey. I can only hope that the years to come will be just as challenging, inspiring and full of brilliant moments like the ones I have had the pleasure to experience. Enjoy :)

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I started taking photos a few years back in a rather stream of consciousness manner. I don’t drive since I live in New York City and without much in the way of material things or financial prosperity walking became a way to deal with stress. It also became the main way to experience New York City in a way I hadn’t experienced the city before. I would choose a direction and walk as far as my feet would take me (I still do this). I started noticing lines, forms and structures I had previously ignored. Scenery unfolded before me as if it was just rendered before my eyes.

To embrace my new-found sense of wonder, I decided to take the only camera I had at the time with me on these walking adventures. It was a simple point and shoot which was less than $100. It was all I could afford at the time and I just wanted to be able to record the moments and experiences that made my heart swell. After doing this for several years, I decided to start posting my photos online to keep a record of some of my walking adventure photos. It didn’t occur to me that there would be an audience for my photography. I had no formal training in photography and no real knowledge of the rules or major concepts that defined the field.

The website I started posting on a year ago is now where my main site points to which is my Tumblr. It’s been quite a journey since I posted those first few photos online. Along the way I ended up on the receiving end of a variety of experiences that have changed my world in a truly dramatic manner. I am so appreciative of the many opportunities I have had come my way. With around 60,000 followers currently on Tumblr, I am extremely appreciative of all of the private messages and notes as well as the bevy of talented people I have come to know.

I have also been floored by the recognition and interaction on Google Plus. One of my greatest joys in this world is to share the beauty I find in this city I call home. It fills my heart with happiness that I can not only share these moments with the world but that there is a platform to meaningfully interact with other inspiring photographers, thinkers and people who are invested in making the platform a welcoming and encouraging place to share.

A wonderful person on Google Plus shared a quote by Henri Matisse that really resonated with me: “a large part of the beauty of a picture arises from the struggle which an artist wages with his limited medium.” I think that there is a tremendous amount of truth in the sentiment that when you are limited you are forced to work extremely hard to get the results you desire.

The photo in this post was taken on one of my walks across the Brooklyn Bridge. One of my favorite things to do is walk over any of the bridges in lower Manhattan. Each offers a completely different view of New York City and each time I cross any one of them, I still feel butterflies in my stomach as the views of the city’s skylines come into sight.

I hope I never lose that feeling of pure and unadulterated wonder.

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