TWA Terminal

The TWA Terminal at JFK Airport

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Last Sunday Open House New York had the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport open to the public.  The terminal has been closed to the public since 2001. The terminal was designed by Eero Saarinen who also designed IBM Research Center in Rochester, New York the IBM building in Yorktown Heights, New York, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC.  He also partnered with Charles Eames in furniture design and was known for The Tulip Chair design.

I love modern architecture and to be able to have access to this building along with permission to photograph it was an event I could not miss. The funny thing is I was more attracted to the outside of the building then the inside.  This could have been because there were approximately 1,000 people visiting the terminal that day.

This first picture is one of the two viewing rooms in the main terminal.  It reminded me of the prow of an ocean liner.

From the Helm

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This is taken on the other side of the building and again I had the feeling of the prow of an ocean liner cresting over a wave.  I switched between color and black and white choosing the one I felt would elicit the feeling I had when composing the shoot.  Black and white for me really places emphasis on the strong yet flowing lines of the building.

Riding the Crest of the Wave

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I was intrigued with the ankh design this portion of the building evoked along with the modern clock hiding inside.

 

The Clock

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This next photograph again captured a ship and wave feeling for me.  I really loved the lines of this building.

Riding the Wave

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Shadows, curves and lines of this alcove near the front doors of the terminal.

Abstract TWA

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This area reminded me of being under the wave as it would wash over you or the inside of a shell.

Inside the Shell

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The following are a few shots of the inside of the terminal.  Again, I was not drawn to the typical shots of the interior of a terminal but the lines inside the building that Saarinen designed.

My Miro

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The seating area minus the former red cushions.  I felt as if I was inside a shell in this earea of the terminal.

Seating Area

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Looking Down

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A View from the Terminal

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I had to get a shot of the terminals famous long red tunnels.  This is one of several tunnels that ran from the main terminal to boarding area.

TWA Tunnel

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Another view of the tunnel.

Entering the Tunnel

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The following pictures were taken in an area of the terminal that I was unaware we were not allowed access.  The door was wide open, people were in there, looked dark and cool and 15 minutes later we are all getting kicked out.

Abandoned Baggage Claims Area

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The Snack Shop

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And this is what it looks like when you are getting kicked out of an unauthorized area and your camera is still in the middle of a long exposure.

Please Leave the Area NOW!

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4 thoughts on “TWA Terminal

    • The TWA Terminal shots were taken last October during the annual Open House New York – here is a link to it.

      The restricted area was located past the Duty Free shop where the old baggage claim area is located. The doors were open and there were lots of people in there when we were all told it was restricted and herded out. No signs were posted, everyone thought it was open along with the rest of the terminal.

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