This is one of my favourite Street Photography images of people sitting on lounge chairs in Times Square New York City. My image was featured at a workshop with Jay Maisel. Jay is a New York photographer. He is known for photographing many Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit models. His awards include the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Media Photographers, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. During this workshop, Jay loved this image. In fact he went on to say that he has seen virtually every conceivable image shot in New York, but this one was unique. This despite he constant comment about my images lacking color (which is a signature style of mine for street photography).
Section of Times Square New York City
The uniqueness stems from the fact that the section of Times square New York was closed to vehicles for a short time giving residents the opportunity to just lounge around on the street that is normally congested with thousands of tourists daily.
People, people, everywhere. People sit among one of the most well-loved, and recognized places in the world. Here you see a moment captured in a Time Square New York image.
On this steamy and humid day in July, we get a brief glimpse of what defines The Big Apple. Native New Yorkers, tourists, and other visitors come together in one place as they go about their business, and as they pass through this well-traveled location. Some walk, some hurry, some shuffle, and some sit. No matter their purpose, they all contribute to the typical busy scene on a New York City street.
A moment is frozen in time. The heart of a city beats on. Welcome to the magic made by a specific place where the whole world unites, if but for a second.
We see what makes this city great. We see what people bring it to life. Take in the big-screen TVs that light up that corner of the world. Take in the largely-seen ads that influence millions. Catch a glimpse of some taxis zipping by. Catch a glimpse of life in New York. Feel its ambiance.
Well-known names, symbols, people, and words draw us in. We’re filled with pride at the thought of the men of the New York City Police Department – those who maintain order and keep the peace. A spark of recognition lights up in our mind at famous names as we think, “We know THOSE.” Symbols remind us how much silly decorations can say so much.
People sit and wait and rest, in the city that never sleeps – an oxymoron, of sorts. Where did they come from? Where are they going? Why are they there? None of it really matters. The point is they are marking their spot in history, at this famous place, on this day and time.
This is a place like no other. We can see it through this simple Times Square New York image.
Jay Maisel New York City Workshop
For the record, Jay Maisel’s week long workshop near Times Square New York City was absolutely amazing. His Manhattan studio is one of the most unique building I have ever experienced. He purchased the building in the early 70’s which contains 7 floors and he filled each floor with his lifelong memorabilia and unique objects. This workshop also had Micheal Richards as one of the attendees. Which was also a thrill for me as I was a life long fan of his Seinfeld character ‘Cosmo Kramer‘ .
As it turned out Micheal was a complete ‘fu#@$%#@ ass$#@!^$#’. He refused to join us in any of our dinners or lunches. He was not at all funny during the week long workshop. Jay paired up myself and Micheal to go into the streets of New York and shoot images of each other. Micheal did not say anything until we got on the streets. Then very clearly said “I don’t know who you #$#@@#$ you are or what the %$#@#$ $#@@!# $$#@! your are going to do with the images, but do not shot me. He then turned and walked away. Well Micheal, we all paid for the same workshop, but thanks. I love this article on why Micheal never did anything past the Seinfeld sitcom.
Other famous alumni’s of Jay workshop is Joe McNally. Unfortunately Jay has retired and I heard he sold his building for $65 Million Dollars. But for people that had the pleasure of spending a week with this fascinating many and iconic photographer, I personally learned a lot.
Gear: Leica M8, Leica 28mm f/2 lens.
Settings: Focal length 28mm; exposure 1/250 sec; f/5.7; ISO 160.
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