I love New York City. I’ve visited 3 times in the last two years, and I’ll be there again in October this year. New York Skyscrapers are a big part of the city and an endless source of inspiration for me.
During one of my trips in 2014, I shot some long exposures of New York skyscrapers. It took me a long time to process these shots, because of my editing backlog, but also because the creative process behind these shots can take time.
While I definitely love modern architecture, older skyscrapers are definitely among my favorite NYC buildings. The fact that they built these huge buildings almost 100 years ago seems crazy to me. Skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building have a certain class, and it seems like they’ve been here forever. These are the buildings that come to mind immediately when you say New York City.
These buildings have distinctive architectural features of the Art Deco era, something that many modern buildings lack. I had a blast working with these two classical buildings, both on location and in post-processing!
The third building in that series is the Hearst Tower. While not in the composition, the base of the tower still includes the cast stone facade of the original 6-storey building, that has some art deco features. I love the modern design by Foster + Partners, that works well in black and white with its distinctive structure.
New York Skyscrapers keep evolving and getting new additions, so I think I will continue this series on my next trip. I love how I can create a distinctive look with these black and white long exposures.