Hell’s Kitchen

The Car Wash

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I attended the PDN Photo Plus Conference and Expo at the Jacob Javits Center a few weeks ago and went on a Photowalk with a very nice group of photographers.  The photowalk was led by the people at 500px which is the site I have my portfolio on and professional photographers Brian Matiash and RC Concepcion.  We started at the Intrepid and walked up and through Hell’s Kitchen to Times Square.  I really love the Hell’s Kitchen area for photography.  It  has really interesting little stores and businesses like the car wash above and the lighting is really colorful and moody.

I turned from taking the shot of the car wash and caught this reflection of the car wash sign in the rear window of a van parked on the street.

Car Wash Reflected

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I was standing on the corner waiting for the rest of the group to catch up when I decided to look around the corner to see if there was anything interesting to shoot.  I found this great light reflecting off the steel security doors.

Hell's Kitchen Red Glow

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Diagonally across the street was this interesting building.  It was the former Auerbach Chocolate Factory and is now the home for Ogilvy & Mather an international advertising and public relations agency.  I loved the red and white interior which reminded me of the interior colors of  the former American Can Company headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut where I had worked in the Design department for ten years.  I also liked the position of the man seated in the lobby and the arrows on the door.

The Chocolate Factory

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After peering into this beautiful lobby, I glanced up and saw this great red light and architectural detail.

The Chocolate Factory 2

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We started heading up toward Times Square when I spied this great neon sign.  I love the Eyes above “SpeakEasy”.

SpeakEasy

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A Brownstone we passed.  I love the the beautiful wood doors and the way the little white lights lend a welcome glow.

White Lights

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The magenta lighting on this building was really vivid and bright.

Magenta Light

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This is the first time I have ever seen an ATM machine in a parking lot booth.  Plus they have this bright green neon sign announcing it!

Parking Lot Booth

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We arrived in Times Square and instead of shooting from my usual standing position I decided to take the next two shots from a lower position.  It really pushes the perspective when you do this.

To The Tippy Top

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Pointed Perspective

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This is the Candy Man.  I have no idea what he is doing dressed up in candy but he made good “eye candy”  for the shot.  It was also pretty cold out that night because the next day we had the October snowstorm that hit the Northeast by surprise.  He had to be cold.

The Candy Man

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