Maria’s & Serghei’s recent pictures and notes detailing a section of stone façade that fell from the Brooklyn Bridge got me to thinking about some of my own bridge pictures….and so, here we have one! Had it not been for their posted photos, I wouldn’t have known anything about the incident…it didn’t even make a blip on the news radar out West. I never even saw any mention of it on the mainstream internet news pages!?
This was taken from one of the upper levels of the shopping mall at Pier 17, which was located at South Street Seaport. From what I understand, the imposing red mall that stood there for 28 years has now been reduced to a pile of rubble, as it’s currently making way for a new shopping, dining and entertainment venue.
As I stepped outside to take a few pictures of the bridge, I noticed this lady sitting all by herself, which seemed to be the perfect addition to the view…seemingly all alone in the middle of a metropolis. I assume she was actually with someone, but her “solitary confinement” was a welcomed presence to this scene. I’ve also included a WS picture with another view of the bridge…seems like I have more pictures of this bridge then I remember. :)
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shreya2000 (767) 2014-07-05 23:03
In my opinion you could crop the girl and just show the bridger in background. However a well tightly cropped picture taken by you. The colours are very good.
Thanks for sharing.
COSTANTINO (50464) 2014-07-05 23:24
Hello dear friend
Panoramic view of this fantastic bridge
for a different point of view showing
a dynamic contrast between this big
brodge and the young lady sitting
in the foreground of the picture
what is she thinking of?
who knows? I also red the notes
detailing a section of stone facade
that fell from the Brooklyn
jemaflor (79784) 2014-07-05 23:29
Nice view with the bridge, beautiful colors for water and good human presence, interesting result.
emka (71998) 2014-07-05 23:31
Hello Jason, I like this view with the girl :). Brooklyn Bridge is a favorite for most NYC visitors, I was not an exception. Original shot, as usually we see the views from the bridge. It happens also to me that I know about some things just from Trekearth. About this event I also learnt from Maria and Serghei posts.
The shot with the red ship also deserves to be shown here.
Have a great Sunday in Phoenix. Regards from cloudy Warsaw
serp2000 (37356) 2014-07-05 23:38
Good contribution to the Brooklyn Bridge theme! maria said me that we (maria and me) have got more interest to the U.S. news than the Americans )) But I see the main object of this composition is the lonely girl, the bridge has a role of background. So we can see: this is New York! ))
Have a good Sunday!
Nicou (114990) 2014-07-06 0:48
superbe image de ce pilier de pont avec le graphisme de cordages de chaque côté et le drapeau flottant au sommet merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (45749) 2014-07-06 1:50
Very fine composition, I like the idea a lot! Nice sharpness and colors also.
Have a fine Sunday.
carlo62 (26630) 2014-07-06 1:53
bravo, bellissima realizzazione.
Non credo sia facile isolare una persona in questa città, soprattutto con un panorama come questo. Hai avuto una brillante idea e l'hai composta molto bene.
mirosu (12222) 2014-07-06 2:29
Excellent arrangement with dominant Brooklyn Bridge detail and the, comparing to size of the bridge, small sitting lady and may be waiting for somebody. Excellently seen and captured. The framing in vertical format is superb. The composition with the US flag on top of bridge and the Brooklyn buildings in BG is excellent.
Very well done.
p.s. Sorry for delayed comments, but I do not have internet access every day.
timecapturer (44195) 2014-07-06 3:31
expect you are nursing a "Size 9" (hangover -that is ;-) after celebrating your release from our grips on the 4th July! Hope you enjoyed yourself.
Chunks falling from this NYC icon - sounds scary. It is a super structure and although I have never walked across it, my big yellow taxi (courtesy of Joni) from the airport, on my one and only visit to New York, took me into the city via this route as my driver was so enthusiastic to show off his City, charged me a reduced fare too - what a nice guy eh? It has featured in so many films and perhaps the one that sticks in my mind is its amazing destruction in the film "Cloverfield".
A nostalgic image for me this and a shot of yours that is 10 years old. I expect the skyline has changed a little in those 10 years if anything like my trip up to London last week. I got lost coming out of the very station I used to commute into the city to every day for 10 years. Doh!
Like the motive of this shot, would make a great DVD cover for the 1979 Woody Allen film "Manhattan".
Enjoy your Sunday - BeeDee.
ikeharel (51283) 2014-07-06 3:38
Marvelous bridge scenery, jason, managed with the flag atop.
Divided the two sides of the big arch and cords, and the city houses under.
The lone young lady, looks as expecting someone, nicely added.
Have a nice Sunday,
siudzi (31591) 2014-07-06 3:48
Like this capture a lot! The view with iconic bridge looks so unique and elegant and made the scene so spectacular. Beautifully taken with superb sense of the moment. TFS!
mursaloglu (8249) 2014-07-06 4:32
a great picture because of the leading foreground of human element to background is fantastic. I mean this is a symbolic religious icon mixed with great architectural element that makes this picture a 3D one with great significant. Bravo
Cricri (100093) 2014-07-06 4:55
Hello ami Jason
Un format verticale bien choisi qui inclus la personne et le drapeau, deux belles présentations en WS, Belle présentation et bravo pour le POV
Nous voila battu, mais de peu :-)) ah c'était chaud hier soir, une très bonne équipe de l'Argentine qui mérite la victoire :-) Maria doit être fière :-) et elle a bien raison...
Bisous depuis la Belgique
jhm (134322) 2014-07-06 5:00
A pity, we have lost against Argentina, but this is sport.
Your two pictures are absolutely nice to look at and give more information about these big bridge.
Your angle is nice with depth and perspective.
Also a nice architecture picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (19911) 2014-07-06 6:06
It's hard to imagine that you could ever be alone in a city like this, but this is the proof. Despite the towering building all around, There is a touching sense of solitude to this, and it's very beautiful. Loving the workshop, especially the black and white shot which is a classically beautiful composition. This is a very cool and thought provoking image.
Cheers from the wet rock.
P.s. I looked up that dust tpstorm you mentioned on YouTube, and as we say in Ireland, Lord lantern and jaysis, that's amazing! Like the endor world. Cool video of a local reporter Jamie Cerreta getting caught in it. Is good to know that when the world ends, we'll be able to watch it on live TV. I also had to laugh as she was being filmed, you could see people in the background taking pictures, I was wondering if any of them were you :)
macjake (51254) 2014-07-06 7:45
I'm like you, finding these lonely people infront of such Iconic subjects, especially these large subjects make for awesome photos.
and given the fact you posted this on July 4th (well, July 5th) it makes for a perfect American subject to post!
you know Gert will be enjoying this one! haha
but he's right, its amazing how a single tiny human being can make a strong impact. I hate it when he's right !
Feeling better now :)
Sergiom (53495) 2014-07-06 7:46
Elle semble bien loin pour que tu la réconforte , mais elle est bien alignée avec le pilier du pont. Le cadrage vertical est d'une belle profondeur et l'ensemble d'une belle netteté autant à l'avant plan qu'à l'arrière plan.
holmertz (36273) 2014-07-06 8:15
Clearly you learned a long time ago the fine art of including people in your photos. I love this composition where the woman at the bottom somehow connects so well with the Stars and Stripes right at the top. There's a lot of water to cover under the bridge, but the woman and the flag - small as they are - manage to keep the composition together in one piece. The reflection of the pylon helps too. I like the additional photos too but I think this is the best of the lot and surely the most interesting composition.
Have a nice week,
nikkitta (12640) 2014-07-06 10:59
Hola Jason, mi amigo del desierto
Great to be one of the persons to made you look at your archives and found this original post of the famous bridge taken with good vertical format
Good to include the waiting person and better the weaving flag
A real pity what happens with Pier 17 where I love to have lunch at the top restaurant enjoying great views
Well done, enjoy Sunday and read news from your country as Serghei and me usually did
Greetings and congrats from las pampas
worldcitizen (6405) 2014-07-06 11:52
I like this kind of scene. That one, lonely person looks so small compared to the bridges in the background. The city seems so quiet in this photo - it almost feels like this woman is the only person in NYC at that moment! Nice choice of vertical format, too.
On another note, I was surprised to read that the minor incident with the facade of the Brooklyn Bridge the other day was big worldwide news! It didn't get much coverage here in NYC. Speaking of Pier 17, I was really upset last year when I found out they were tearing down this historic structure, and replacing it with a modern shopping mall. It's totally out of character for the area. I'll have to wait and see what they come up with, but I'm really going to miss the old building. I wish they could have just renovated it, instead of knocking it down. Oh well...
ourania (25320) 2014-07-06 13:05
a wonderful composition, you rendered this bold arrangement of an iconic urban scene very elegant and almost simple. You used a very smart way to bind and solidify the layers of interest that describe a deep setting within the vertical frame: there's a well placed vertical axis that joins the flag, the pillar, the reflection and the "lonely girl". I think it's very intriguing that you chose the lady as the factor that determines the whole of the composition, she looks tiny but is quite eye-catching too. Fine texture and colour definition all over make this view atmospheric and delightful. In the workshop pictures I appreciate the compositions, the information and that they are so different. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
mcmtanyel (9915) 2014-07-06 16:50
Same here, had it not been for Maria's and Serghei's photos, I would not have known about the incident, either. In fact, I have not heard about it independently. We might hear more about the lawsuits as a result of the incident, though.
I like the detail from the bridge in your photo. The shadow (or reflection?) of the tower coming all the way to the promenade makes a nice connection from the girl to the bridge (which I thought was being referred to as the girl in the thumbnail view).
Kamilutka (8075) 2014-07-07 5:38
very well taken picture with with nicely planned composition. I very much like how the bridge corresponds with the pier at the bottom. The single girl sitting there makes quite strong focal point and adds some life to the image. Good choice of the vertical format and well saturated colors.
Thanks for sharing
All the best
ACL1978 (7463) 2014-07-07 17:06
I didn't hear anything about this either, Jason - odd how that happens! Glad you and others pointed my attention to it, though.
As for your shot here, I love the scale - the massive bridge, the wide East River, and at least a bit of the bustle of Manhattan, yet the eye is instantly drawn to the smallest element of the shot, the lone woman sitting by the rail. Well spotted and expertly framed!
delpeoples (52145) 2014-07-11 6:42
Gidday dear Vulgarian
Ahh I thought you'd come out of the desert into civilisation until I noticed the date. This photo just doesn't look 10 years old. I like the way you framed this, with the lonely lady down the bottom and the bridge pylon up the top. She does indeed seem lonely, but so does the pylon. Maybe they make a good pair.
EstudioChispa (1858) 2014-07-11 11:53
I dig this one a lot, Jason. The flag and the girl are vertical bookends, and the tremendous moiré of the suspension cables is a great counterpoint to the ripples on the water. A great exposition on "alone in the crowd."
Myself, just back from Mexico --may find some time soon for more regular contribution/participation here!
La Paz, BCS
Didi (54637) 2014-07-11 22:06
The girl presence dives us an interesting evaluation about the scale of the architecture
Nice view but please take care about the tilt