Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Scenes from a New York Winter

My digital camera was a constant compassion during my New York trip. I have a long way to go before I get to the level of my talented photographer friends (see here, here, here and here).


But , if I may so myself, I am pretty impressed with how my photographs turned out. I find that I am drawn to shots that show contrasts (dark and light, old and new, still and moving, etc), shapes and depth.


Here are a few of my photographs (just click on the photos you want to enlarge) with some of my notes.

The shot below was taken in Central Park. The trees in the foreground have a dark, primeval quality. I like the way they contrast with the modern buildings against the blue sky. The photo seems to suggest a bright future soon to come.








This shot was also taken in Central Park. The splashes of color from the fence and the people's clothes provide a contrast to the starkness of the New York winter.





It can be lonely to live in New York. The shots below suggest how impersonal a big city can be. The tall buildings seem almost like individual entities by themselves. I can understand how they might make a person feel small and inconsequential.



This evening shot below was taken in Times Square. While the ground level was bright, noisy and busting – everything seems to fade into the darkness of night.

The shots below were taken at the West Village. I liked the vibe of the area. People stopped and greeted each other on the street. The streetlight and the fire escape made me feel that, tall buildings and neon lights aside, people – with kids and dogs and families and friends - actually made their life in this big city.


I was just going to take a shot of the fire hydrant between the two poles. As I was about to click, the yellow cab appeared in the shot. No attempts at profundity here. I just like this picture.



This was taken inside St. Patrick’s Church. I like the play of patterns and colors. The contrast I try to capture in my other shots is not in the picture but in my mind. While the shop windows outside were impressive, the grandness of the church and the lights from the votives were more awe-inspiring and brighter than any other Christmas display I saw.


Finally, the shot below. It’s not one of those I took, obviously. But, at the end of the day, New York – like any other place – is about being sorrounded by people you love and care for.

Happy New Year, everyone!

5 comments:

josephine said...

Ah, Bruno. So right you are. New York is the only place I know where one can be alone in the midst of a crowd, or in company even by oneself. One cannot help return again and again to this place that can fill one's soul and drain it all at once. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos.--Jopin

4t said...

my favorite is the fire escape. may potential ang bata! join the palanca pleeease!

enggay said...

love your black and whites. you should pursue photography.

Arup said...

Tarcs, Happy New Year!! time to buy a DSLR, the photography bug has bitten you, let me know if you need help in buying... hehe.. have my connections for the best deal in the market, camera equipment here is what they called 'unorganized sector' of retail. :)

Jun-G said...

photography works well with good writing skill. you have both. the best!

my fav is the yellow taxi...