Weekly Photo Challenge: LOOK UP
“We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.” Mark Twain
For this Look Up photo challenge, I’ve chosen the path of architecture, art and the sky. Whenever I am in NYC; especially Manhattan, I love looking at the skyscrapers and, like everyone else, I look upwards to take photos and to get a sense of how high a structure must be. I often imagine what it must feel like for the folks in construction who have to use cranes, ladders and other building contraptions to finish off these tall structures. Back in my real estate days, once, I wore a hardhat and took a service elevator to the 40th floor of a building under construction; it was very scary but I wanted to experience looking up and down from a skyscraper under construction. The wind gusts were unbelievably strong and I couldn’t wait to get down the building and exit the site. The only other time I had a similar feeling/experience was being at the top of Tokyo Tower ( see red painted structure above). You paid an extra fee and took an elevator to the peak. Phew, never again! So, looking down can be as shape shifting as looking up.
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” G. K. Chesterton
Another great delight that comes with visiting the city is that we get a chance to see lots of art installations and creative, expressive artworks that show up there from time to time. Back in 2004, an installation artist – Jonathan Borofsky, created an impressive structure that was installed at Rockefeller Center for a while ( See center shot). Borofsky called his installation “Walking to the sky,” and it had male and female figures climbing up a steep pole towards the sky. It was quite the attraction at the time and, like his many other massive installations world wide, it brought great expressions of delight and some derision from the general public. That is the beauty of art; it becomes a great cultural conversation that brings people together even if from different points of views. So what other buildings/scenery are featured in the photos above? The blue glass structure is the Frank Gehry designed IAC Building in Chelsea, downtown Manhattan, the two downtown buildings on the left are the Verizon Building and Woolworth Building (Green roof), and you can see parts of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges behind them. UPDATE: In the four picture collage above, you see the Empire State Building, a JetBlue plane in its descent to land at JFK, a double rainbow in Westchester County, NY, and a cloudy evening over the mountains in Denver, Colorado. The rest are mentioned below.
With all the tragic events … we need to find a path to unity, peace and healing. – Divided by Race, United by Pain https://t.co/XltEIrsjmy
— elizabeth obih-frank (@ElizObihFrank) July 10, 2016
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” Abraham Lincoln
As I gathered my photos and notes for this assignment, I realized that I had not taken the time to jot down every single building and its location. I take a ton of photos wherever I go, and it’s easy to move on to the next without fully documenting what came before. Across from the red structure of Tokyo Tower is London’s Westminster Abbey‘s facade and it was taken from an angle from the ground up. Below that are pictures of the Capitol Building and a structure at Union Station in Washington DC. The bottom two shots are of a cloudy sky and a double rainbow sky. UPDATE: Bottom picture is of the Chrysler Building in NY. I hope you also liked the shot of a JetBlue plane landing at JFK, and enjoyed looking up with me. Now look up around you. What do you see?
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: LOOK UP – For this week’s challenge, take a moment to look up. Whether it’s the fan above your head at work, your bedroom ceiling, or the night sky, what do you see? Is it familiar? Or does it show you a new perspective on your surroundings? Looking forward to the peeks into your worlds!
Positive Motivation Tip: Look up and down and all around. The sky is full of surprises and insights.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.