Manhattan -- The sky, the weather, the color and clarity of light, each change by the second. New buildings rise and old buildings fall. But for those photographing the iconic skyline, the greatest variations come from behind the camera -- from emotions born within, formed by our relationship with the city and then recast, consciously or not, in megapixels that reflect our momentary disposition. The result is not always rosy--it is New York.
The city is a kinetic force, strong enough to unhinge its inhabitants and fast enough to keep them in a perpetual state of striving. "If only this place could be still for a second," we say.
The city can feel detached, cold, and we may walk its streets blindly, without recognizing the available warmth of so many who share in our hopes of happiness and contentment.
Choices abound -- almost too many to grasp -- and focus is sometimes lost. Yet the essence of the city and of our dreams remains.
But oh! there are the rich and resplendent times, when the city is as colorful as a comic book, deeply saturated with opportunity, and where we are limited only by our imagination. These are the times to hold onto. Reflect. Print them, hang them firmly on walls and place them on cubicle desks in beautiful frames where they can be seen everyday. Give them to a friend.
Ultimately, we have the power to shape our city lives, and from time to time we need to reassess, to pull back or charge forward, to shake things up a bit. Eventually our lives and the skyline regain clarity -- perhaps more than before. And although it may be seen from a different perspective, the image is still classic New York, and we are still classic New Yorkers simply trying to capture it.