2019 New York Workshop Recap – Day 1&2
In September, we went back to New York City for our second workshop there. There’s so much to shoot in NYC that we can’t even fit it all in 4 days! We had a lot of new locations, with recently completed buildings and new finds, including a few hours in Brooklyn. We had a great group from all over the US, and good weather (most of the time). We’ll split the recap into two blog posts as there’s so much to cover! Let’s start with the first two days.
Our first day was spent exploring the High Line. We started at Hudson Yards, a brand new, massive new development by the Hudson River. While you can get some interesting shots of the tall towers, our focus was on two smaller structures, the Vessel and the Shed.
The Vessel (Heatherwick Studio) is a sculptural observation structure in the center of Hudson Yards. It’s interesting to shoot from outside, from the ground, from inside, from the top and both in wide and tight compositions.
Just next to it is the Shed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), a retractable performance space. The cladding is great for abstract, with its interesting shapes and the way the light interacts with it.
After stopping for lunch, we headed south on the High Line. Our first stop was 515 W 29th St (SCDA Architects). Its wavy fins have great patterns and layers.
Just a bit further south is 520 W 28th St (Zaha Hadid Architects). The luxury condominium tower has a rugged, alien-like facade that makes it easy to find some abstract compositions!
Our next stop was a pair of buildings close to each other: 245 10th Avenue (Goshow Architects, Della Valle-Bernheimer) and High Line 23 (Neil M. Denari Architects). They’re not the easiest to shoot, but the gloomy light provided some good opportunities.
While not planned in our itinerary, we stopped by 512 W 22nd Street (CookFox Architects) and its black curvy facade:
After a short break for coffee and snacks, we headed to our next stop, between the High Line and the Hudson River: 100 11th Avenue (Jean Nouvel) and the IAC Building (Frank Gehry). First, 100 11th Avenue and its complex facade, which is great to find interesting shapes, especially triangles.
Just across the street is the IAC building. The white glass of the facade takes different colors depending on the weather, and on that gloomy day, it had a blue hue. You can find some great reflections, and contrast the minimalist facade with the busy background of 100 11th Avenue.
Our last stop on the High Line, Solar Carve (Studio Gang), was a little shorter due to the rain. This new addition to the neighborhood has a striking facade with great patterns.
After taking shelter for a little bit, the sky cleared and we took an Uber to our last stop before sunset, 121 E 22nd St (OMA). The jagged facade is great to find some dramatic shapes, and we got some interesting reflections of a nearby building lit in golden light.
Our last stop of the day was the Flatiron, for sunset & blue hour. We caught some beautiful light at the top of the building just before sunset.
Then we shot some wider compositions at blue hour, using light trails from the car. Angie got creative with some motion with her zoom.
We ended the day with dinner at a pub close to the hotel. Day 2 started late morning, heading to downtown Brooklyn, where construction is booming and there are a lot of new buildings.
Our first stop just off the subway was the Barclays Center (SHoP Architects), the sports arena for the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders. The orange facade has some great patterns, but it’s not easy to shoot, especially because of the massive screens.
Just a block away is 300 Ashland Place (TEN Arquitectos). The light was hitting the facade just right to create some more beautiful patterns.
Our next stop, 620 Fulton St (Francis Cauffman Architects), was just down the street. The building is both curvy and angular, with fins arranged in beautiful shapes. Definitely great for abstracts!
We then walked a few blocks to stop by the still under construction 11 Hoyt (Studio Gang). The facade was close enough to completion to get some shots, but that’s a building where we’ll definitely spend more time next year!
We took the subway back to Manhattan, with a first stop at the NYC Aids Memorial (Studio ai). The beautiful white structure is entirely made out of triangles, which are great for composition. The various intersecting lines and the white/blue tones were also great to shoot.
A few blocks away was our next stop, the New School University Center (SOM). The metal and glass facade has some great reflections and some interesting patterns.
After a short subway ride, we stopped by 56 Leonard (Herzog & de Meuron). The Jenga Tower is great for abstracts, with its jagged balconies and interesting shapes. Definitely easier to shoot with a telephoto!
After a break at Starbucks, our final architectural stop of the day was the Spring Street Salt Shed (Dattner Architects). The late afternoon light was beautiful on the brutalist structure.
We then headed to Jersey City and J. Owen Grundy Park to photograph the Downtown Manhattan skyline at sunset and blue hour. The views did not disappoint and we had beautiful light at sunset!
We stopped to have dinner before taking the train back to Midtown and our hotel, for a good night of sleep before the early start of Day 3. Stay tuned for the next two days in next week’s post!