92nd St – Frame and Form (Yorkville)

1 – East River and the Robert- F. Kennedy Bridge.

1 – East River and the Robert- F. Kennedy Bridge.

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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2 – Summer Canopy obscuring apartment buildings.

2 – Summer Canopy obscuring apartment buildings.

3 – Public Housing Estate.

3 – Public Housing Estate.

4 – New and old.

4 – New and old.

5 – Accidental sprout.

5 – Accidental sprout.

6 – Within a budding grove.

6 – Within a budding grove.

7 – Broad-leaf close-up.

7 – Broad-leaf close-up.

8 – Diamond shaped break in the canopy.

8 – Diamond shaped break in the canopy.

9 – Close-up petunias.

9 – Close-up petunias.

10 – Yorkville Towers 1623-1641.

10 – Yorkville Towers 1623-1641.

A - Frame and Form

A – Frame and Form

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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