Winter on the Hudson

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Winter on the Hudson River

It was as cold as it looks.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm zoom. Processed in Snapseed.

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Show us the way

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Show us the way

Sometimes a little guidance is needed.

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Before

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Staten Island Ferry, New York © Steven Willard

Staten Island Ferry, New York © Steven Willard

It was years before I moved to Connecticut, 1971 in fact. Here I was on my first trip to New York City and there were so many things I wanted to see and do, I hardly knew where to begin. But I knew that one of the things I wanted was to take the Staten Island Ferry, just to say I’d done it. I also thought it would be a great way to get a full view of lower Manhattan Island. It was a blustery day, with a low-hanging overcast, but in the distance I could easily make out the World Trade Towers that are just visible in the upper left of the photograph. This was long before the tragedy of 9/11, and before we lost the feeling that our country was indestructible. It will be a long, long time before we will feel that way again.

Pentax Spotmatic with 50mm lens and Tri-X. Scanned from a gelatin print and adjusted with curves in Photoshop CS4 to better match the original print.

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Side By Side

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Side by Side, Portsmouth, NH © Steven Willard

Side by Side, Portsmouth, NH © Steven Willard

To exist, side by side. Likely at the hand of the same creator. Made of the same materials. The inhabitants feel the same walls that surround them, hard and unforgiving. Once inside, looking out, can they see the color of the structure they inhabit, or only the color of their neighbor? Does it really matter then, black or white?

Pentax K10D with 35mm f2.8 macro lens, Silver Efex Pro2

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