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As a New York City shutterbug there are certain compositions that I fall in love with and try to get right over and over. One of them is this south facing window of Bergdorf Goodman. The texture of the stones, the Parisian style lighting fixtures and the artistry of the Christmas window, add those all up and I’m totally fascinated.
This particular shot becomes a game of chance, a challenge really. Since I don’t own a lens wide enough to get this shot from the sidewalk I need to go play in traffic. The window of opportunity begins when the light turns red on 57th Street and ends when Taxi cab drivers making lefts from Fifth Avenue begin shouting “Get out of the way!” During those few seconds the challenge continues as I hoped for a heavily traveled sidewalk to either become pedestrian free or for the people on the sidewalk to compliment the window.
I’ve played this game for the past four years and I enjoy doing it. Sort of reminds me of urban sports photography. Each attempt was a learning experience for the next. Finally I realized that Christmas Day was my best shot at light traffic. Last month on Christmas morning, I got lucky.