(What I love to photograph best in every country is people, especially children, but that can often get you in trouble.)
Lately, while walking around Manhattan with a camera in my hand, I’ve become fascinated with the shadows cast by the fire escapes. (I’ve mentioned before that my good friend Mari Seder, who is an award-winning professional photographer, once told me that sometimes the shadow is the most important part of the photograph.)
Whenever I drive into Manhattan, when I turn off the FDR Drive onto 96th Street, I notice the building above, uninhabited except for the bodega on the ground floor. If the sun’s out and the shadows are there, I take a picture through the windshield (while I’m stopped, waiting for the light to change of course!) I love the crazy zigzag patterns of the shadows.
The other day, while walking on Third Avenue in the Seventies, I came upon a block that was a virtual symphony of fire-escape shadows. Do you like the panoramic photo above or the closer photo below best?
I also tend to photograph architectural details. In Manhattan, it’s important to look up (except when crossing a street, of course! Those taxis can be lethal!) You’ll find all sorts of unexpected treasures, like these.
Once I started looking for shadows that make pleasing patterns, I found them everywhere. Here’s a photo I took while waiting for a check-up in my doctor’s examining room!
And here’s a table and chairs outside near the pool.
When I left Manhattan last Friday, I rode on a LimoLiner bus which traversed Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem. It was lined with antique buildings with fire escapes. We were moving too fast for good positioning, but I snapped this photo through the window before Manhattan faded into the distance.