Part of the "Great Cities Exposed"
Online Photo Exhibit Series
"NYC EXPOSED" Online Photography Exhibit - GALLERY 02
New York Public Library
(Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)
Photography by MATHEW SPOLIN
San Francisco, California
The light sources behave differently; the one to the left reflecting off the highly polished marble floor, while the light in the right stairwell reveals the architectural beauty of the arched ceiling/portico. The wide angle 16mm focal length provides a sweeping view of the entire area. This is beautiful work that speaks of a subtle, proud and traditional NYC.
Mathew's second photo on the right reveals the grandeur and magnitude of the Rose Main Reading Room in the library. His choice of an ultra-wide 10mm focal length, paired with a vertical orientation, creates a sense of loft and enormity. The distorted perspective gives way to the filagree and murals in the ceiling, while the rhythmically-arranged tables speak of an order not frequently experienced in this day and age.
Congratulations Mathew for showing us your own perspective of an important part of NYC life!
You can see more of Mathew's photography at AutoMatt.com
The red umbrella connects beautifully with her scarf, and further up the image, with the red stripes on our flags hanging from the facade of the building.
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, you notice that the woman's feet create a shadow that defies any particular shape. A shadow that has its own beauty as it moves toward the wrinkled texture of the wet pavement under her feet.
Don't you just love the overall “feel” of this photo? It is not only artistic; it IS art. It is nothing more than a moment in time – one of countless moments that occur throughout the City on a daily basis, but it offers so much more when that moment is frozen forever.
Thank you Michael for allowing us to enjoy and reflect on this particular moment!
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