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New York

We’re On A Roll!

One of my most favourite cities in the world is New York and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit often. I was there at the beginning of July for a long weekend and the reason for this latest trip was more then just a weekend getaway but it was also to do a bit more shooting underground in the subway. There was a very special reason for this which I will reveal over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

I did manage to stay above ground as well and spent a day in Brooklyn shooting on a very hot, humid and rainy day.

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New York, Brooklyn, DUMBO, underpass, hotdog vendor, black and white, BNW, NYC


Winter’s Solitude

Central Park

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, blizzard, snow, storm, cyclone bomb, Central Park


The Corner Deli

Walking through the Upper East Side during January’s cyclone bomb can be a lonely endeavour but it’s also quite beautiful.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, blizzard, snow, storm, cyclone bomb, Upper East Side


End of the Line

Here’s another image from my Subway Tableau©️ series.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you look it’s not always easy to see the end of the line.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau, 42nd Street


Snow Day in Central Park

It’s February…is it too late to say Happy New Year. I guess it’s never too late for that. Well it’s been a busy start to the year with work and family and a new puppy. I made myself a promise (not a resolution) that would find more time for shooting and posting and I’m already lagging behind in that promise.

I was invited last year by a photography Club here in Toronto to do a presentation on promoting your photography on social media. I’ll be presenting to them on Tuesday and I’m really looking forward to it. I did presentation on iPhoneography for this club last year and they’re a great group of passionate photographers.

I’ve also spent the last couple of years working on some personal projects and building a body of work. I’m going to connect with some galleries and curators in the hopes of breaking into that market. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I was in NYC the first week of January with my family. For the first time in all these years of travelling to New York I finally caught a snow storm. And what a storm, or a cyclone bomb as they were calling it. The city was still and beautiful. What a wonderful way to experience Manhattan. It was pretty rough walking around outside because of the wind but we certainly weren’t going to stay in the hotel room and unfortunately my husband and boys had no desire to be excess time outside just so that I could shoot to the storm. We came to an excellent comprise. We headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they headed inside and I went to spend sometime walking around Central Park. It was tough keeping the camera dry ( I know, poor planning on my part as I didn’t have a cover with me) but it was so beautiful being there. I tried to find places to take cover and wipe of my camera. I ducked under this little bridge and to my surprise found the most beautiful little scene to photograph. 

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, Central Park, blizzard, snow, bridge, tunnel, storm, cyclone bomb


Pick Up Here

Spring in New York. Even on a rainy day Bryant Park shines.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, Bryant Park, cafe, rainy day, rain, spring, outdoor cafe


Subway Tableau #5

Every Tableau tells a story….

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 57th Street, station, platform, man, waiting


The Oculus

This is fast becoming a favourite destination when in New York. Now I just have to decide whether its because I love photographing this spectacular structure  or whether its because I can go shopping at Century 21 afterwards 🙂

After some initial tweaking in Lightroom I used Nik Silver Efex Pro for the black and white conversion and then Topaz Simplify to make the crowd a bit more “faceless.”

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The Oculus, World Trade Center, New York, NYC, Lower Manhattan, Black and White, BNW


Fulton Street Station

Part of the New York Subway Series….Fulton Street station. Sometimes you have to look through the grime and track garbage to see beauty 🙂

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, Fulton Street, station, platform, tracks


Museum of the City of New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, The Natural History Museum. Museums in New York. Even if you haven’t visited them you’ve certainly heard of them. I have and over the years I’ve visited them. The Museum of the City of New York….not only had I never been to this museum, I didn’t know it existed.

A couple of weeks prior to my last trip to NYC I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I noticed a post from @sarahjessicaparker, there was a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of NY, A City Seen by Todd Webb. How did I never know about this???

The museum did not disappoint. If you’re in NYC head on over there.

New York, NYC, Museum, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Manhattan, black and white, BNW

New York, NYC, Museum, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Manhattan,

If you do find yourself at this museum, take the stairs. This is the coolest stairwell I’ve ever seen!


Subway Tableau #4

I was back in New York a couple of months ago and picked up where I left off with my subway project…right back on the platform.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 59th street station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau, platform


Subway Tableau #3

New York – Times Square – 51st Street Station. Each tableau tells a story. You just need to look carefully to find out what it is.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 51st street station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau


Westfield World Trade Center

The Westfield World Trade Center was completed and opened in August 2016. It replaces The Mall at the World Trade Center which located on the concourse level of the original World Trade Center which was destroyed on September 11, 2001.

The architecture of this mall is pretty spectacular and if you stand in the right spot you can see the new World Trade Center through the slats. I took this picture last fall but I’m heading back to NYC in a few weeks and I intend to pay it another visit.

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Westfield World Trade Centre, New York, NYC, Manhattan, mall, black and white


Subway Tableau #2

New York – Times Square – 42nd Street Station. Each tableau tells a story. You just need to look carefully to find out what it is.

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New York, Manhattan, subway, tableau, black and white, Times Square, 42nd street


Bethesda Terrace #3

I was starting to process images from my weekend New York this past October when I realized I still had some unprocessed images from July. Sometimes its hard to stay on top of all the images but I am trying to clear up the backlog especially since I’m getting ready for another trip that’s just a couple of weeks away.

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New York, Central Park, Manhattan, Bethesda Terrace, architecture, arches, sunrise, lights


Jane’s Carousel

Located in DUMBO is Jane’s Carousel, this beautifully restored 1920’s carousel which opened to the public in Brooklyn Bridge Park in September 2011.

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New York; Brooklyn; DUMBO; Jane's Carousel; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Manhattan Bridge


Brooklyn Bridge

Last time I was in Manhattan I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do…I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course I think I picked the hottest day of the summer to do but it was well worth it.

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NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, selective colour, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography, One World Trade Centre, Freedom Tower


Central Park’s Literary Walk

I hope all of my Canadian and American friends are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I thought it would be appropriate to share an image (or 3) from NYC today. The Mall in Central Park is a pedestrian walkway flanked by a quadruple row of American Elm trees. This is one of the last remaining stands of American elm in North America.

The southern end of the mall is known as Literary Walk where you’ll find the statues of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Fitz-Greene Halleck.

Below you’ll see 3 versions of my Literary Walk image, Black and white; Color and a high key artistic version. Which do you prefer???

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, black and white, travel photography, trees, bench

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, travel photography, trees, benches

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, black and white, high key, trees, bench, travel photography

 


A Short History Lesson of Bethesda Terrace

Here’s another shot of Bethesda Terrace (I hope you enjoyed my first one. You can find it here) I wanted to give you a little history of this wonderful hidden gem in the big city.

The terrace was one of the first structures to be built-in Central Park which construction starting in 1859 and continuing through the civil war. It was completed in 1863. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers wanted to create a place where people could enjoy nature as well as hold social gatherings. It was to be “a place to see and be seen while mingling with like-minded people,”  while escaping the stress of city life.

There is an upper and lower terrace which are connected by a two grand staircases and a smaller staircase that leads to “the Mall and Bethesda Fountain.”

New York, Manhattan, Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, staircase, arches, travel photography

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New York, Manhattan, Central Park, Bethesda Terrace, arches, sunrise, travel photography


Bethesda Terrace

I was back in New York last weekend and as usual I had a list of things I wanted to shoot while there. There’s never a shortage of things to see and shoot in New York no matter how many times you’ve been there. I’ve been to Bethesda Terrace in Central Park many times before but always with hundreds of other visitors and while that’s okay for some street photography I selfishly wanted the place to myself.

My alarm went off at 4:30am and off I went. I grabbed a cab as I wanted to get there before the 5:15 sunrise time and as I got out of the cab two things happened. First I opened the door to the cab to get out and on the sidewalk were 2 rats the size of an external hard drive and second the cab driver told me to be careful. I thought he was talking about the rats and when I told him they’d already scurried away he said that he meant in the park. “There’s a lot of bad people in the park at that hour” Great…that’s what I needed to hear. I had already tried to put aside my concern about my walking through Central Park at that hour telling myself that it would be light soon and it wouldn’t be a problem. I was right. As soon as I started walking towards my destination I encountered joggers and cyclists and I immediately felt better.

As I was setting up my tripod and getting ready to start taking pictures a couple of more rats decided to run by my feet (surprisingly I didn’t freak out. I think they were more afraid of me then I was of them. Maybe because I used to have hamsters 🙂 )

Here’s the first that I’ve processed. I’ll have more later in the week along with a little history of the place.

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New York, Manhattan, Central Park, Bethesda Terrace, Sunrise, arches, art deco, travel photography


New York Subway Series – Incoming

I still have a few shots that I’m working through from my last trip to New York. Here’s another from my subway series.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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New York, Manhattan, subway, subway series, zoom, black and white


Up, Down & Signing Off

I’m getting ready to head out for a couple of weeks. I’ll be travelling to Israel and hope to come back with lots of images to share with all of you.  Look at my new travel companion….

Canon, 5D Mark 3, DSLRYup that’s the Canon 5D Mark 3. I just bought it last week and I’m very excited to give it a run for its money while I’m away. I’ll do a full review when I return.

I’m not going to blog while away but I will post regular updates to my Edith Levy Photography Facebook page and my Instagram feed.

 

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If you’re wondering what the “Up & Down” is in the title of this post it refers to the image below. I will leave you with another shot from the New York Subway system.

New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, Times Square, escalators, black and white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


After the Rain

There’s something about walking through Central Park after a rain storm that’s both calming and mysterious.

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New York, Manhattan, Central Park, path, trees, light post, rain, texture, buildings


Saturday Skate in Central Park

Walking through Central Park on a mild January day my husband and I stopped to watch the ice skating. I knew standing there that I wanted to create an image that I could turn into a digital painting. The skaters in their colourful jackets, the buildings in the background…it was in front of me but the image I wanted to create was in my head.

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New York, Central Park, ice skating, winter, city, fine art, buildings, skating