I had a great, very busy, very QUICK, trip to New York City.
I love New York City because there’s so much to shoot there.
(No, I wouldn’t want to live there permanently, but I wouldn’t mind a few months in NYC packed with nonstop shooting.)
(Thank you Canon!!)
Thus, I found myself staying at The Standard High Line only one block away.
Room 1521, The Standard High Line
On Wednesday, I woke up well before dawn to drive up to LAX and fly to Newark, NJ.
Travel was an all day (very long!) process.
The sun was setting by the time I arrived in my room on the 15th floor of The Standard in New York.
Taken through my hotel window – Sunset Over the Hudson
I never think of New York as a sunset city, but it was gorgeous!
I began shooting, through the glass, and didn’t stop until well after dark.
I had a quick dinner only to discover it was now fairly late.
I was exhausted.
I opted to get some sleep so I could wake up, early and refreshed, on east coast time the next morning.
I met my friend, Neil, first thing Thursday morning.
We walked to Chelsea Market for breakfast and then began walking and shooting, and walking, and shooting more.
(Um, there was quite a heat wave while I was in New York so it was very, very … hot!)
Eventually Neil took me (via subway) to Ground Zero.
I had been before, but when I was last there the 9/11 Memorial was not yet built.
9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero, New York City
I’ve seen countless photos of the 9/11 Memorial, but standing there – looking down into those enormous fountains is really something.
Neil and I were visiting just three days prior to the fifteen year anniversary of 9/11 ….
Somehow, that seemed to make the visit even more emotional than it would have been otherwise.
From the fountains, I was immediately drawn to Calatrava’s Transit Hub … which looks like a bird in flight.
(You can see the exterior on the right side of the above photo.)
The structure is a photographer’s dream … so many angles and lines, and spaces.
I could have spent hours there.
Exterior photo of the Transit Hub designed by Santiago Calatrava.
I was struck by the enormity of the hub once I went inside.
It’s a staggering 800,000 square feet in size.
It was just opened last March, after twelve years of plannning, design, and construction.
The Interior of Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Center
I haven’t had time to go through all of the photos I took there yet, but I already know some of them will become my all time favorites.
At one point, I layed down on the floor and took a photo of the ceiling.
If you look closely, you can see window washers way up top, cleaning the glass of the ceiling.
Looking up from the floor to the ceiling. Calatrava Transportation Center
By the way, a security guard was on his way to tell me I couldn’t lay down on the floor right when I popped back up.
I gave him a big smile.
I seem to get myself in trouble wherever I go.
(Later that evening, a bouncer bounced me from the rooftop bar at The Standard because I had a “professional” camera with me. I hadn’t even taken a photo – yet!)
Security was exceptionally tight everywhere I went.
NYPD Counter Terrorism officer
In part, that is just the way New York is now.
But, in addition, with the anniversary of 9/11 everyone was on high alert.
Over the course of my visit, I chatted with some very nice NYC police officers.
Several of them even insisted I have my photo taken WITH them once we’d been chatting for awhile.
They can look intimidating to the casual passerby, but the officers I talked to were all exceptionally kind.
NYC Police Officers
I’ll be back with more of my NYC adventures in my next post!