It's oddly silent in Manhattan tonight. Snow falls in sheets on deserted roads as January 26th becomes January 27th, and only the occasional pedestrian or emergency vehicle disturbs the illusion that New York City has been abandoned entirely.
Silenced by grim forecasts of the coming 'snowpocalypse,' the city holds its breath in anticipation of a storm that will never arrive. But as most of New York huddles together with one eye on pantries full of canned goods and the other on the local weather forecast, three photographers are trudging through the snow.
Cameras in hand, routes chosen, creative molecules competing for purchase on each passing blood cell, Anthony Quintano, Vivienne Gucwa, and Grant Friedman have both eyes fixed firmly on the scenes unfolding in front of them.
The streets of midtown, the lights of Times Square, the well-trod pathways of Central Park: all of them take on a different character when the snow begins to fall in earnest. Anthony's skillfully-composed photos capture each of these scenes in turn, evoking everything from the power of mother nature, to her playfulness:
"I am endlessly haunted by a sense of saudade and sehnsucht as I travel around New York City: a deep longing for a place that is unidentifiable but somehow familiar and indicative of what could be identified as home." - Vivienne Gucwa
Vivienne's prowess as a photographer of snowbound New York City can be summed up in a single word: solitude. She captures loneliness and longing in her late-night blizzard images. As Juno clears the streets, Vivienne takes to them like a fish to water, reveling in the emptiness:
If Vivienne's images convey solitude, Grant's convey something of romance. Enchanting photographs of an empty Central Park are juxtaposed against street scenes in which Grant captures a moment in the making:
To see more, follow Anthony, Vivienne, and Grant by clicking on each of their names in turn. And if you're in NYC, come out to the next 500px photowalk -- you might just get to meet one (or all) of them!
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