Reflections on the High Line

Reflections on the High Line

High Line, New York.

I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.

At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?

In contact with heaven

in contact with heaven

Flickr member Carsten Heyer took this dramatic image of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

This is all about being close enough to this amazing and very large structure so that looking up at it foreshortens the towers.

You can see a similar effect in my shots of some amazing tulip trees on the Appalachian Trail near here.

Lunch atop Rockefeller Center

The reason this particular construction project was so well documented was that it was Rockefeller Center.

No one, not even the photographers, is wearing safety equipment.

The subjects and the photographer are unknown, but the photo is one of the most iconic of all time. With Central Park in the background, 11 men casually have lunch 800 feet above Manhattan. In this short piece by Time Magazine, archivist Christine Rouselle explores the story behind this historic image.

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Getty Center, various images

Getty Center tiles

The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California.

I’ve been visiting the Getty Center for sixteen years on visits to my recently passed mother. I’ve taken hundreds of images of the place. My wife, however, had never been there so we took some time to visit on our recent trip to LA.

It’s tough to remember to look down at the Getty but in fact, the floors are all made out of limestone, some of which is intricately detailed with fossils and other remnants of its earlier life as sandstone in another time.

Getty Center ceiling

One of the many things that’s great about the Getty is the juxtaposition of steel siding with stone on walls and ceilings. This alcove is one of my favorite such places.

Getty Center ivy

Richard Meier’s Getty architecture is quite stark so finding a wall of ivy there is almost a welcome relief.