shadows of the alley - christian weld

This gallery is a representation of black and white depiction of the city of New York. 

This photo is of an African American man in harlem during the 1970s. The rembrandt like lighting of the photograph truly make it dynamic. Not only is this lighting used to highlight the focal point of the photograph (being the man) but it also fills the wall with a triangle filing what could have been unnecessary dead space. The contrast within the image is mesmerizing and the positioning of the man really speaks for itself.
This photo is of painters working on the Brooklyn Bridge in the early 20th century. Although this is pretty much a completely silhouetted photo, I do not believe it takes away any of the personality of the figures. Although I absolutely love the use of vectors. Not only are the vectors used to lead you to the focal points of the photograph, they also paint the frame in such an intricate way that I am truly jealous.
This photograph is from Lee Friendlander (1966) although it strongly reminds me of the work of Vivian Maier. I love this photo because it represents the diversity of New York’s people. First off the lines of the building and the lines in the street point perfectly to the center of our photograph which is the woman. In the woman is the true focal point which is the shadow of the photographer himself. This being done perfectly in my opinion by this being the highest point of contrast.
This photograph was taken by Andreas Feininger circa 1944 New York City. Other than the beautiful use of grey scale, the background’s detailed architecture perfectly opposes the almost silhouetted lines of Atlas with the mid ground being hidden in the bottom thirds not to disturb the meaning of the photograph.
This photograph is of Columbus Circle by William A. Fraser circa 1899. Although this is not the usual high contrast of the rest of this gallery, I believe it belongs in here due to its representation of New York during the winter. Also even though the histogram might seem more fluid, those peaks are still being met.
This photograph is of a movie theatre circa 1944 New York City. There is a grand cinema sign with people out of focus representing the madness of how many people are entering and exiting. With the background contrasting the light scale in such a way that it almost glorifies old New York’s richness.
This photograph is of a monument in the middle of a fountain circa 1977 New York City. There is a symmetrical building in the top half which is split with its own reflection in the cold water’s of the fountain. For the focal point the monument is being contrasted with the light layer of new snow opposite of its shadows and concrete tone. In my opinion this represents the industrial side of the city of New York and how its people adapt.
This photograph is from Garry Winograd circa 1968 New York City. In the center of the frame is a wealthy looking lady holding an ice cream cone. In the back is a shop window with a suit being displayed and in the left thirds is what seems to be a restaurant or just the street in general. This represents the luxury and stress free life of New York’s wealthy.
This photograph is of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in May of 1946. There is a large ship with cranes coming off of it in the mid ground with an amazing New York skyline in the background. I personally love the lines in the photograph, there is so much to look at that I could be stuck for hours. This photograph was needed to represent how no matter how far New York adapts it will forever be a port town grown from its origins of shipping.
This photograph is of Manhattan taken from New Jersey. In the foreground is a ship with different sized buildings covering everything in the mid ground to the background. With the sun coming from the right side, the buildings are left with these amazing lines of shadows. Also the highlights of the white of the ship and the smoke at the top of the building add a great contrast to the shadows. No representation of New York is that without a skyline.
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