The most reflective sculpture in Chicago was always going to make for a good photographic challenge. After speaking with friends who had been (no pun intended) before I knew it was a popular spot for tourists. So much so that anytime of the day or evening Millennium Park was packed with people. Looking for a more abstract view of Cloud Gate, focusing on the refections of the skyscrapers around it, I got up before dawn to get the place to myself. This photograph was taken from the north side of the Bean to show reflections of the biggest buildings along Randolph Street.
The DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighbourhood of Brooklyn has amazing views of New York from across the East River. After spending a couple of hours wondering around it with my camera I moved a few blocks south along the bank of the river and found myself in Brooklyn Heights. Much of this area by the river is a construction sight at the moment but I did find my way to the promenade which you can just see in the lower right hand corner of this photograph. When I’m photographing cities I often forget that the camera can zoom, wanting to capture as much as possible and so mainly shooting wide angle. However the advantage of a zoom lens can be seen here. The bridge in the foreground is the Brooklyn Bridge with the blue colour of the Manhattan Bridge behind. The tall skyscraper on the left of the photograph is the iconic Empire State Building.
The motivation for revisiting New York was to capture a twilight photograph of the skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. I wasn’t expecting Jane’s Carousel, pictured on the far left of this photograph. Though the carousel is nearly 100 years old it has only been in its current location (after years of painstaking restoration) for two years. In my opinion it doesn’t really distract from the main focal point of the photograph, which is the bridge itself. The tallest building in this image is the new One World Trade Center that is opening in January next year.
Wondering around Brooklyn Bridge Park I had my eyes out for good view points of the New York Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Essentially I was location scouting for later in the day when I would return with my tripod for some dusk and twilight photographs. In the daytime I try to capture things that might look a little different and this fence was full of interest. Just next to Pier one at the DUMBO ferry terminal the fence features a great poem engraved into the metal from the 19th century poet Walt Whitman. If you look closely you can also see people have locked padlocks to the fence on the left side of this photograph, many of which had notes written or engraved on them. The large sticker on the low right side of the picture serves as a unique focal point. In many ways I agree, Sotheby’s could sell New York as a piece of street art, and I’m in no doubt that it would be the most expensive piece they would ever auction!