The address: 405 Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street.
Home of the Chrysler Building, one of the most recognizable and magnificent skyscrapers in the world, hailed as a classic example of Art Deco design. Clad in its silvery coating, its stylized sunburst motif shining in the sun, its steel gargoyles guarding the city, the Chrysler Building is an integral part of the NYC skyline.
A New York City icon and my favorite architectural gem on the isle of Manhattan.
And I so yearned to capture it with my camera. To put my stamp on it; to make it mine. But as I wrote here, I was initially disappointed in my New York City images – I feared I had squandered my opportunity to capture one of the world’s greatest cities. It took some time with my images before I could love them as expressions of my distinctive vision.
What my trip to the Big Apple taught me was this: the very act of turning my camera on something does make it mine.
This image says “I was here, this is what I saw, what I noticed, what I want you to experience with me”. The soft golden glow through pebble-textured glass; the intricate Art Deco motifs – interlocking triangles, geometric patterns repeating. The copper 405 uniquely identifying the location.
No, it’s not the Hollywood shot – that delicate spire piercing the heavens above Manhattan – the majesty of that singular skyscraper. It is but one tiny piece of this architectural wonder. But it is my tiny piece, shot from the heart.
Linking with Photo-Heart Connection, hosted by Kat Eye Studio.