Saturday, May 23, 2009

Portrait of a Brooklyn Bygone


I headed out towards Williamsburg and Greenpoint Brooklyn this afternoon and decided to have a go at this old remnant still standing with the New York City skyline in the background. This building was on the Greenpoint waterfront off West street and Oak. Greenpoint is such a cool and gritty town. . . The lighting and sky/clouds were working well for a good shot at it and this is what I have come up with as my finished result. I'll have to come back and give it another look with fresh eyes tomorrow, but I think i'm pleased with the overall feel and aesthetic I was going after.
**Update 6/10/09*
I have found that this is what is left remaining of the Greenpoint Terminal Market which burned down in 2006 and was the biggest fire (excluding 9/11) in the past decade.

17 comments:

UrbanJunkies/zuppaartista said...

beautiful shot!
i love the soft tones your work has, everything has such a silky vibrancy to it. :)

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

gary, you have this incredible ability to make a mundane landscape most would ignore and make a beautiful photograph from it!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

What was the building originally?
I like the silvery effect, and the way the skyline looks a little shimmery. It looks a bit surreal and I like it. Nice job.

Sheila said...

Amazing. You have that rare artist's eye that can see potential beauty in the ugliest of urban blight and rubble. Bravo.

L.Holm said...

Beautiful and haunting, Gary.

anusha said...

Like others, I love the silvery effect. The NY skyline disappearing at the background by the cloudy skies along with the focus on the old dilapidated structure evokes a rather mysterious kind of feeling.

drollgirl said...

this is an amazing shot! i am usually more drawn to photographs that are gritty in nature rather than traditionally beautiful. this is one such shot, and i love it.

Antonio Estevez said...

I absolutely love the surreal quality of your photos. Rock on, Gary.

Pretty Things said...

That is just amazing that it's still standing, and all alone! Who would have thought? I love the juxtaposition of the old and the new. Wish I could take photos like you -- I often see things and think, "that would be awesome to capture" but I fumble to much with things on my camera that I still haven't learned about.

Calli said...

I love what you've captured here. Your photography is wonderful and I look forward to seeing more or your work.

peace & creativity
Calli

Aleksandra said...

Hi Gary!You create in your work,beautiful urban havens for crazed souls like me, coming back home from a long,tiresome journey! Trough your dreamscapes breath such a fresh,silent front,the one that makes me quiet and peaceful from inside.
Thank you.Ciao,Sandra

Gary Keimig said...

I agree with Pretty Things. Interesting play on the old and new and the aura it contains against the city background. Your tones play right into the feeling of it. Great work

Dominic Philibert said...

Very nice shot Gary!!!!

Kathy said...

Wonderful shot

WolfeWoman said...

I especially love the sky! The clouds have a lot of moody, foreboding emotion.

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Well done! Great mix of that gritty feel you talk about and the softer "days gone by" feel, all in one!

Patrick said...

Impressive scene and beautiful image Gary.

Some years ago a friend of mine left France to New York and i received a postcard from her saying she was living and enjoying Brooklyn.

When i see your photo i understand why and can imagine her here ...