This New York Times Square image is one of my favorite Street Photography images of people sitting on lounge chairs in Times Square New York City. My photo was featured at a workshop with Jay Maisel. Jay is a New York photographer. He is known for photographing many Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit models. His awards include the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Media Photographers, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. During this workshop, Jay loved this image. He went on to say that he has seen virtually every conceivable image shot in New York, but this one was unique.
Section of Times Square New York City
The uniqueness stems from the fact that the section of Times Square New York was closed to vehicles for a short time, allowing residents to lounge around on the street usually congested with thousands of tourists daily.
People, people, everywhere. People sit among one of the most well-loved and recognized places in the world. Here you see a moment captured in a Times Square New York image.
On this steamy and humid day in July, we get a brief glimpse of what defines The Big Apple. Native New Yorkers, tourists, and other visitors come together in one place as they go about their business and as they pass through this well-traveled location. Some walk, some hurry, some shuffle, and some sit. They all contribute to the typical busy scene on a New York City street, no matter their purpose.
A moment is frozen in time. The heart of a city beats on. Welcome to the magic made by a specific place where the whole world unites, if but for a second.
We see what makes this city great. We know what people bring it to life. Take in the big-screen TVs that light up that corner of the world. Take in the largely-seen ads that influence millions. Catch a glimpse of some taxis zipping by. Catch a glimpse of life in New York. Feel its ambiance.
This is a place like no other. We can see it through this simple Times Square New York image.
Jay Maisel New York City Workshop
For the record, Jay Maisel’s week-long workshop near Times Square New York City was absolutely amazing. His Manhattan studio is one of the most unique buildings I have ever experienced. He purchased the building in the early ’70s which contains 7 floors and he filled each floor with his lifelong memorabilia and unique objects. This workshop also had Micheal Richards as one of the attendees. This was also a thrill for me as I was a lifelong fan of his Seinfeld character ‘Cosmo Kramer‘.
As it turned out Micheal was a complete ‘fu#@$%#@ ass$#@!^$#’. He refused to join us in any of our dinners or lunches. He was not at all funny during the week-long workshop. Jay paired up myself and Micheal to go into the streets of New York and shoot images of each other. Micheal did not say anything until we got on the streets. Then very clearly said “I don’t know who you #$#@@#$ you are or what the %$#@#$ $#@@!# $$#@! you are going to do with the images but do not shoot me. He then turned and walked away. Well, Micheal, we all paid for the same workshop, but thanks. I love this article on why Micheal never did anything past the Seinfeld sitcom.
Another famous alumni’s of Jay workshop is Joe McNally. Unfortunately, Jay has retired and I heard he sold his building for $65 Million Dollars. But for people that had the pleasure of spending a week with this fascinating many and iconic photographer, I personally learned a lot.
Copyright: Dan Kosmayer
Image ID: 1360
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Dimensions: 3031 x 2021 px | 300dpi
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