The large-scale photograph exhibition features a series of views looking down at Manhattan intersections, providing a thrilling vantage point that reverses the usual gaze upward. Photographer Navid Baraty, whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other publications, was fascinated with the views seen while photographing from midtown skyscrapers and he later photographed the Thanksgiving Day Parade from a similar angle in the sky. One image from last year’s parade (2012) is included in the exhibit.
In his exploration of city views from high up, Baraty had his camera strapped to his wrist, as he leaned out windows, and on ledges, gaining a view that that gives a new perspective on our role as city dwellers, navigating traffic and getting around the city.
According to the photographer, ““Everyone walks around Manhattan looking up at the giant skyscrapers, but very few get the chance to look down from so many different vantage points,” he said.
The photographs are angled downward while viewers at the station are looking straight ahead, providing a disorienting shift and furthering the impact of these stunning images. The light shifts in the images from daytime to nighttime and street markings and patterns are replaced with glowing illumination.
Navid Baraty’s work has an excitement and adventurous spirit that lets transit riders feel as if they are scaling the rooftops as they traverse the city, underground. Too often, as we race around the city, we forget the magnitude and the scale of Manhattan, particularly as millions use the subway system to travel. Placing these photographs in the subway station used by the many visitors to Lower Manhattan area landmarks – Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty among others-offers a fascinating glimpse and bird’s-eye view where people, cars and buses intersect with our urban architecture.
The exhibit will remain on view through 2014. Printing was generously sponsored by Kodak Alaris and Prestone Media Group on Kodak Professional ENDURA transparency display material.
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