Here's some shots of a billboard on a cloudy day. Exposing for the billboard blows out the sky nicely.
This spring marks the beginning of my fourth year covering the construction of NYC's marvelous High Line. I have enjoyed every minute spent walking the line, talking to the workers, and of course shooting. This project was the spark, the one that inspired me to try to get in and shoot as many landmark construction projects here in the city as will allow me.
Working with the wonderful folks at Friends of the High Line has been a real pleasure. Starting with my initial conversations with them regarding my intentions for covering their project and for the years to come until the fully completed High Line construction finally wraps up with an opening at the Hudson Yards, I really can't say enough good things about them. Thanks Peter, Katie, Patrick, Kate, and of course Joshua and David for your support (and for getting my work into Sternfeld's book!).
Above are some High Line publications where you can find my photographs. Below are links to purchase them.
High Line Opening Booklet, Limited Edition (buy here)
Another dispatch from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. On sunny days and steamy nights as you walk along the narrow cobblestone streets, you don't feel alone. The ghosts of the old Caribbean are everywhere...
Last night I was hanging around on the private roof terrace of of my new $22M penthouse apartment at 100 11th Ave. By private, I mean private. Not private from just the filthy masses, but private from the wannabes living on the lower floors. You see this entire roof is all miiiiiine! Its a tad on the small side, but I suppose it may just be big enough to land the helicopter in a pinch for the ride out East to the beach house.
As I was sipping my wine and enjoying the gentle breezes, I had a fleeting thought. Wouldn't it be nice to give "real folks" a glimpse into something they couldn't possibly understand---what its like to walk in my shoes and see the world through my eyes.
So here it is, and trust me when I say this--just this small fraction of the 360 degree view from my terrace may be more than you can handle. Please don't hate me. I cannot help the gifts that allow me this luxurious lifestyle. I am who I am and being me is just as much a curse as it is a blessing.
From an ongoing series of mine entitled Tanks, Containers, and Stacks: Photos of Industrial America Snuck from in the Car, Outside the Fence, and Behind the Trees. These beauties were shot in and around the ports of Elizabeth and Kearny New Jersey in areas that most people would seldom venture to see--large tank farms and industrial shipping zones.
Shooting for this project, I try to work quickly to avoid run-ins with private security and police. If I'm lucky it's one shot and off to the next one. I'm usually far gone by the time security arrives.
As profiled on PDN's Photo of the Day.
Here is the last mini I will be posting (for now). We're going waaay back for this one, as it is the first one I ever did. After a few years and a few more memorable minis, this one is still my favorite.
I shot this nice little Florence scene from the famous Duomo. Lots of steps but so very worth the effort. You can see all of Italy from the top, I kid you not.
The High Line, due to the intricate and labor-intensive nature of its construction, is the closest you can possibly get these days to being hand-built. There are no paving machines, no climbing masts, and little crane work. You don't see "a floor per day" like you do in high rise construction. In fact, on many days the untrained eye would have trouble discerning any progress at all. But a lot happens in a day and most of the battles are small ones. A few dozen pavers are lifted into place with sheer muscle power at one end while skilled hands lay down a hundred feet of weld at the other. Seemingly little efforts add up to a project that moves forward slowly but steadily. Here's a pictorial tribute to the men and women that are up on the line through rain and snow and wind building your future park--piece by piece, day by day, year by year (all shot in 2010).
Here are a couple of shots from a trip to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. I'll be posting a few sets of photographs from this gem of a city in the upcoming weeks. Special thanks to the man with the red pants for making a cameo in the second shot. Catching him in the 5 minutes I was set up here was a minor miracle!
San Juan is known as "La Ciudad Amurallada" (the walled city). San Juan was founded in 1521. In 1508 Juan Ponce de León founded the original settlement, Caparra, now known as Pueblo Viejo, behind the almost land-locked harbor just to the west of the present metropolitan area. A year later, the settlement was abandoned and moved to the site of what is now called Old San Juan. San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean and is the second oldest European-founded city in the Americas (after Santo Domingo, which was officially founded on August 5, 1498.).
--From Tour Puerto Rico