“South Street & Rutger’s Slip”

SOUTH STREET AND RUTGERS SLIP

A UK collector acquired this downtown New York City image in 2010 and I donated a portion of the proceeds to the ‘UNICEF Tap Project’ which provides clean drinking water to children worldwide. The % from this particular sale allowed for 140 days of clean drinking water to be given to children.

In a city that has been the subject of innumerable cinematic and photographic efforts..this originally conceived in-camera vignette effect was derived from a aspherical wide-angle lens I used on top of another lens (thus shooting through 2 len’s simultaneously) that provides a one-of-a-kind composition that simultaneously depicts ‘both the Manhattan-and-Brooklyn bridge’s; the South Street Seaport; Wall street; the East River; and downtown Brooklyn’. As such, “South Street & Rutger’s Slip” was also purchased & published by the New York Press Newspaper as part of their call for ‘unusal photographs of Manhattan’.

Intersecting the natural sphere of the lens at the right is an exit ramp from the FDR Drive descending from above my photographic perspective. “Taken while standing in the rain, the image is infused with a misty veneer of gray-scales rounded off by a perfectly circular raindrop on the lens”. All combining to make this 35mm b&w silver gelatin print an innovative-yet-classic contemporary view of lower Manhattan desirable to collectors of cityscapes, landscapes and architectural skylines”. (*This photograph is from my series “The Shifting Boundaries & Culture of Manhattan’s Lower East Side”).

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