2018 New York Workshop Recap Day 1&2 | Photography Unfolded

2018 New York Workshop Recap Day 1&2

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In May, we led our first 4-day workshop in New York City! We know the city pretty well, having visited several times, including the Out of New York Conference back in 2016. There’s so much to photograph in Manhattan alone that we had to extend our usual 2 days to a full 4 days, and even that wasn’t enough to cover everything worth photographing!

We had a great group of 10 students (some did only 1 or 2 days), that kept a good mood despite the bad weather. As you’ll see in the images, the weather was less than ideal for the entire New York workshop.

Let’s start with days 1 & 2 in this first blog post. We’ll follow soon with days 3 & 4 in another post.

Day 1 – Central Park South

Our first day focused on the area just south of Central Park, first on the west side near Columbus Circle and then on the east side near the Apple Store 5th Avenue. After getting everyone at the hotel, we headed to Columbus Circle, where we photographed the Time Warner Center (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill).

Then, a short walk to the north brought us to the beautiful Lincoln Center, which includes several buildings: the David Geffen Hall (Max Abramovitz), the David H. Koch Theater (Philip Johnson), the Metropolitan Opera House (Wallace Harrison),  the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Gordon Bunshaft), the Josie Robertson Plaza (Max Abramovitz, Wallace K. Harrison and Philip Johnson). Many of the spaces were recently renovated by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

One of the plazas features a sculpture by Alexander Calder, “Le Guichet”. While Angie went for a detail shot, Michael used his tilt-shift for a wide angle view.

Walking southwest, we ended up at Via 57 (Bjarke Ingels), a pyramid-shaped building. The best part of the building for abstracts seems to be the back of the buildings and its patterns.Walking back east on 57 street, our next stop was the Hearst Tower (Foster + Partners) and it’s distinctive facade.

Security is nicer than in most office buildings and lets you photograph the lobby before the security gates. Angie got a nice abstract of the lobby water feature. If you’re in the area, pop in, it’s worth the look!
Continuing on 57th avenue, we photographed the LVMH Tower (Christian de Portzamparc). The overcast sky really brought out the various shades of green of the glass facade.Just across the street is another Calder sculpture, “Saurien”. Angie used the background building reflections to add some depth to the image.
After a stop for dinner, we took a stroll through Central Park. Our hope was to photograph the sunset, but given the weather, we focused on details and black & white images.

Day 2 – Midtown Icons

Our second day started very early, with sunrise at Hunters Point in Queens. We got a beautiful blue hour with a very still East River.After sunrise (behind the clouds), we photographed the Pavilion at Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park (Thomas Balsley Associates, Weiss Manfredi).
We then went back to Manhattan to explore the iconic architecture of Midtown. First stop: the Chrysler Building (William Van Alen). The Art-Deco facade details are as interesting as the Art-Deco lobby that you can photograph without issues. After breakfast, we continued our tour with Grand Central Terminal (Reed and Stem; Warren and Wetmore). While the wide shots are always beautiful, the details can be as interesting.
Continuing on 42nd street, we then stopped at the New York Public Library (Carrère and Hastings) and Bryant Park. The interiors of the library are as beautiful as the views from Bryant Park and the surrounding buildings.

Our final stop of the day was St Patrick’s Cathedral (James Renwick Jr.). The interiors are great for detail shots around the arches. The wide ceiling shot is a classic for churches. New York City has so much to offer for architecture, with a variety of styles everywhere. Stay tuned for days 3 & 4!

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