Alleyways

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UPDATE:  I mentioned in an earlier blog that four of my photographs will be in the Street Art exhibit at Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY.  The opening day is Saturday, September 8th from 2pm to 5pm.  The show runs from September 8th to October 13th so if you are in the area stop by and take a look at the various works of Street Art.

When it comes to street art, alleyways are one of my favorite place to find interesting things to shoot.  I stumbled upon two alleyways in my wanderings around Canal Street.  The first was St. John’s Lane which runs between Laight and Beach Streets.  The second is Cortland Alley which runs from Canal Street to White Street.  The image above is Cortland Alley and its the section between Canal and Franklin Streets.  If you go to the end of the alleyway above and bear a quick right then left, the alleyway continues between Franklin and White Street as you can see below.

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The next few images were shot in Cortland Alley.  In the image below I looked up and saw these great metal shutters with the sun bouncing off of them.  I had never seen metal shutters like these in Manhattan before.

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I ran into this man in the section of Cortland Alley between Franklin and White Streets and loved the way he looked standing against this steel graffiti laden door. He was kind enough to pose for me.

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This is the same shot of the image above but I came back later and took it from across the alleyway.  I wanted to capture the little fan above and the little nuances that makes alleyways so interesting to me.

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I don’t keep all my images in black and white and in this instance I couldn’t give up the colors in the cement over the door and that rich dark green paint.  My decision to go color or black and white really has to do with expressing what caught my eye when I took the shot. I really loved the way the wiring makes a curlicue against that fabulous green column.

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The image below is looking down St. John’s Lane.

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What I found interesting from a creative point of view was the steel building which is in shadow on the left above.

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A close-up of the steel on the building.  I really loved the graphic quality of this building.

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I just liked the way the light stuck this graffiti covered door.  Alleyways are a great place for beautiful lighting.

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10 thoughts on “Alleyways

  1. Beautiful collection Kaaren 🙂 Nice work. Sorry I’ve been absent for a while, moving across the world is quite an endeavor!! I’ve gotta catch up on our work!

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