Both occasions I visited New York with my old College we took a trip to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side of New York City. The first time in 2005 was interesting and the building looks fantastic but the exhibits where slightly disappointing on both occasions . The photograph above was taken from the ground floor, just inside the entrance. The viewing gallery forms a gentle spiral from the ground level up to the top of the building, which can be seen around the edges of this picture. I struggled to like this picture, its very grainy and didn’t look very good in colour or black and white. In the end I used Photoshop to covert the original file to Black and White and then erased the center of the glass ceiling to bring back a touch of blue. Apart from the grain or noise produced by the low light, high ISO, compact camera situation I like this photograph, mainly for it’s interesting composition.
In my opinion Time Square in New York is one of the wonders of the world. It is like the heart of the city, where everything comes together and meets. Everything about it amazes me, the first time I went I felt sick looking up at such amazingly tall buildings all close together. Now I just enjoy the experience. I have been to New York twice, once in April 2005 and again in March 2006, it seems sad that this year I miss out on my trip over to the States. Although there is a lot more to the U.S.A. than just New York, I like the idea of an annual trip to the “Big Apple”.
I’m sure I will return in the coming years and probably get a better photograph than the above. This image was taken hand-held on my old compact on my last visit to the city. It really needs to be video though as most of the billboard advertisements are moving image rather than print, its like walking past a TV store window and looking at all the different TVs. Only here the TVs are as big as a store window and they are plastered up the sides of 50 storey buildings. In a word – awesome.
Another photograph taken in New York City, this time in the wonderful Central Park. Walking through Central Park you come across lots of different and unexpected sights. Pictured above is Belvedere Castle which sits upon Vista Rock. It was originally built to look over the reservoir in 1869. The reservoir has now been replaced by the 55-acre Great Lawn, and a new reservoir was built further north of this lawn. It amazes me that on this relatively small island of Manhattan with such a large population density there is a park the size of Central Park. It amazes me even more that there is a castle within the park! I like the way this photograph contrasts between the old castle and the modern skyscrapers in the background. The image is a nice record of the castle but technically speaking it was the wrong time of day to have taken this photograph. As the sun was in the wrong place in the sky – resulting in the face of the building being cast into shadow. But this couldn’t be helped as I was on a College trip and it was a very tight schedule.
Going back through my archives of last years trip to New York I realised that I have many photographs of that part of the world that have not been put online, in fact over the short time I was in New York I took over 900 photographs. Now I’m not planning on publishing even half of them but I did come across a few interesting images that I thought I would like to share. The photo above was taken on the 28th March 2005, just after getting off the ferry having been to Liberty Island. The sun in the wrong place and this was a quick grab shot of the U.S. Coast Guard boat. What caught my eye was the two machine guns on the boat, personally I have never seen a coast guard boat with guns on it in the UK, is this common I wonder?