Yorkville has a surfeit of towering condominium buildings, flanked by turn-of-the-century tenements and framed by tree-lined streets. Being the height of summer, the trees here had full, leafy canopies, making the entire neighborhood feel a bit like a park or a nature ramble.
Except for the obvious fact that everything here was man-made, I thought what I saw in front of me had the components of a great landscape – in the artistic sense of the word. I was actually, rather strangely reminded of Ansel Adams’ iconic landscape photographs, with their black and white shots of epic rivers, towering peaks and intimate close-ups of leaves and flowers.
In framing the shots for the section, I consciously imitated Adams, pretending that the gleaming condo towers were, in fact, rugged peaks in Yosemite; and taking multiple close-ups of the plants and shrubs at street level.
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