The Statue of Liberty is probably one of the most famous and iconic statues in America, if not the world. It was a gift from the French to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1886. This statue represents a city that I long to return too. Taken from the ferry going across to Liberty Island it was much smaller than I had expected. This is probably due to the fact that I saw a lot of massive skyscrapers that week and so the 151 foot statue was smaller than anticipated. Still it is more than a worthwhile statue and city to visit.
This globe statue was taken looking up from the stairs of the subway entrance on Columbus Circle, it has been featured in dozens of blockbuster films such as “Ghostbusters”, “The Devil Wears Prada” and more recently “I Am Legend”. It stands in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which you can see in the background. When completed in 1971 it was the world’s tallest residential building at 44 floors and 176 metres.
There wasn’t much a lot of colour in the original file from the camera so I converted it to black and white. Because of the very reflective nature of the material which was used in the construction of this statue, it is almost impossible to get a photograph without some over exposed (white areas). It has been nearly two years since I last went to New York and it certainly somewhere I am looking forward to going back to in the not to distant future I hope.
Strange but true, these two yellow elephants were found when walking down 5th Ave past the corner of central park. It was almost three years ago and when I last checked they weren’t there anymore. According to a bit of digging around I found out that the artist was a Japanese lady by the name of Chinatsu Ban. The title of this work is V W X Yellow Elephant Underwear / H I J Kiddy Elephant. Their actual location is in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza and they were stood there from the 8th of April through to the 29th of August 2005. In any city it is hard for me to walk past something like this without taking its photograph, a little similar to the “cow parades” that toured around various cities in the UK and Europe only I don’t believe these elephants were spread around the city of New York, I think this was a one off.
It has been a while since I published any of my older photographs from trips to New York. The image above illustrates my first impression of the city – bigger than I ever thought possible, with more people than I had ever seen in one place. It seems to go on for ever (with roads in a grid pattern), it looks as though the roads and skyscrapers go on into infinity. This photograph was taken on the long walk down 5th Avenue from the Guggenheim Museum all the way to the Empire State Building. The reason I am showing you this photograph is two fold. For thousands of people living in New York this is an everyday normal sidewalk (or pavement as I prefer). However, for me, as an Englishmen in New York this was like stepping into another world! Manchester’s Market Street has got nothing on this place, in terms of crowds and volume of people.