A Million Spires, Ten Million Memories

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    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)

    donsnyc, Andrés Medina, Rom.Yaz, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. donsnyc 45 months ago | reply

      wonderful photo.

    2. mr_nonia_tenshi 45 months ago | reply

      nice with this foreground!

    3. Rom.Yaz 45 months ago | reply

      the background is magical. a contrast with the realistic foreground

    4. z.ikon1399 45 months ago | reply

      Beautifully exposed. My eye lingers in the foreground...

    5. trntn 45 months ago | reply

      So beautiful, Joe! Love the relation to foreground and background. Seriously breathtaking.

    6. Joe's-Photos [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous Black and White! Very nicely done-


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    7. Jay Banzia 45 months ago | reply

      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. www.flickr.com/photos/jaybanzia/4904042386/

    8. andre dos santos 45 months ago | reply

      Wow. Stunning shot and dead on exposure.

    9. josephx 45 months ago | reply

      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!

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    11. shiphome 45 months ago | reply

      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.

    12. mikel.aramendia 45 months ago | reply

      Nice reflections, both photographic and prosaic...

    13. 2. 41 months ago | reply

      nice strea, i will check it after

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