A Million Spires, Ten Million Memories

As the month of August blurs past -- beach weekends dwindling, the imagined long drives to non-existent, abandoned Pennsylvanian mountain towns proving unlikely -- the slope into September, October, and the autumnal nostalgia that accompanies, looms. These months, after all, are a landmark bundle, an annual reminder of the past blending with the present, spiced with hopes and ideas for the future. From birthday (29), to anniversary of marriage (2), and the anniversary of geography (9), nostalgia proves inevitable.


From the promenade, the city skyline has an allure for tourists and locals alike. This summer evening, however, I'm seeing it differently: the buildings that once held mystery now represent familiarity, comfort. The skyline is secondary. Each building, traversed from the spire to the ground with my eyes, meets the streets flanking it, intersecting with one another, and the moods these variables create. If there are a million buildings, there are a million spires leading down to ten million memories. This is where we are, where we've been -- where are we going? What's next?




Hasselblad 500C

Zeiss Distagon 50mm f/4

Kodak Tmax 400 (120)

  • Don Servillas 5y

    wonderful photo.
  • mr_nonia_tenshi 5y

    nice with this foreground!
  • Rom.Yaz 5y

    the background is magical. a contrast with the realistic foreground
  • z.ikon1399 5y

    Beautifully exposed. My eye lingers in the foreground...
  • DASH-80 5y

    So beautiful, Joe! Love the relation to foreground and background. Seriously breathtaking.
  • Joe Andrews 5y

    Gorgeous Black and White! Very nicely done-


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  • Jay Edwards 5y

    so awesome. great shot, I almost went down there when i was in NYC last week, but wound up shooting in a different spot in brooklyn.
    In a different light. by Jay Banzia
  • andre dos santos 5y

    Wow. Stunning shot and dead on exposure.
  • Joseph Burke 5y

    Man, lots of great comments, here. Thanks a lot, everyone!

    Rom.Yaz, Ryk, and Trent -- It's funny, because I heard someone else in passing [shooting digital] complaining about the Brooklyn side of the waterfront for the reason I thought the scene was so much more special.. the construction in progress, sleeping machines, etc. Glad you agree!

    Joe and Andre -- Thanks, sirs! I appreciate it!

    Jay -- Thanks, man. I definitely know the spot you ended-up shooting from!
  • Nathaniel Perales 5y

  • Don Blankenship 5y

    The photograph is incredible... not only your technical ability as a photographer, but your vision as an artist. The inclusion of the gritty and industrial foreground to accompany the romantic and idealized view of the city is brilliant.

    And I always enjoy reading your words... I have those same feelings in August. This year, and almost every year.
  • Mikel Aramendia 5y

    Nice reflections, both photographic and prosaic...
  • yui503cx 5y

    Fabulous !
  • 2. 5y

    nice strea, i will check it after
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