American Xmas

December 20, 2014  •  1 Comment

The newscasters are describing today’s “last minute” shopping frenzy on the last weekend before the Festival. Here is how it looked near Macy’s in New York a few years ago. 

 

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Street Photographers’ Paradise

 

As evidenced by the mass of coffee table photography books many of us possess, the Big Apple is a wonderful subject for street photography, traditionally in black and white, as per my homage to that genre today. The reasons are many, starting with the bustle, insouciance and tolerance, even love, of cameras shown by the citizens of the City That Never Sleeps. Also, in Winter, the silhouette effects caused by the slanting light cutting through clouds of steam created by food vendors (as in this case) or heating pipes buried in the much–damaged roads, create dramatic effects out of everyday situations.

 

Survival Of The Fittest

 

To survive, much less thrive in the streets of New York, one needs to be energetic, determined, impatient, self-centred, opinionated and, above all, to know where you are going. If not, you will be swept along helplessly in a stream of dynamic humanity heading for their own target destination at speed. Curiously, my own experience is that this potentially unpleasant social situation is managed with good humour and courtesy by a population that is also fun-loving and respectful. Despite all appearances, you are safe in these crowds and a helpful word is never far away, if you fear not to ask for it.

 

The destination in the case of this photograph is the Alladin’s Cave of Macy’s store, a place where the staff have as much chutzpah as the clients. Given my own personal preferences, I avow that I have avoided it during Saturnalia, preferring to browse in local Christmas markets for whatever cute new trinket has been Made in China.

 

Happy Christmas!

 

I used “Xmas” in the title, since it has the commercial, abbreviated connotation of the “Spend! Spend! Spend!”  concept of the image, but I finish by wishing you “Happy Christmas!”, since it is the more accurate “reason for the season”, as they say.

 

 

Technical

 

Camera: Nikon D70

Lens: 18-70mm zoom f/3.5 G

Focal Length: 70 mm

Focus Mode: AF-S

Autofocus Area Mode: Single

Aperture: f/11

Shutter Speed: 1/250s

Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

Exposure Compensation : O

Metering: Matrix

ISO Sensitivity: 800

Hand held

 

May there be Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Mankind.

Copyright Paul Grayson 2014


Comments

Eric(non-registered)
J'aime beaucoup ce noir et blanc et particulièrement le contour des personnes dessiné par le soleil en contrejour. C'est très réussi.
Paul, à chaque photo découverte dans ton blog je découvre le photographe de talent que tu es.
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