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Category: Three Days in Manhattan
| 09 December, 2013 06:41
Thomas S. Parry
I am pleased to announce the publication of my first-ever collection of impressionistic, illustration-style, fine art images of New York City in a beautiful photographic book titled Three Days In Manhattan. The book showcases more than 100 spectacular images of subjects ranging from arial cityscapes to the unique geometry of buildings and architecture; from bold and colorful street art and graffiti to gaudy, fancy cars; from ambitious, forward-thinking urban renewal projects to the depths of subway stations; from the din of Times Square and it's surrounding theater district to picturesque and tranquil Central Park. And in all of these places, people are pictured "on the go." The images that form this collection were captured during three days of walking the streets of inner-city Manhattan in October of 2012.
For me, this collection represents an experiment of sorts in mastering and refining a unique form of photographic expression. It is a deliberate attempt to blend the best of traditional photographic processes and composition at image capture with the creation of an impressionistic, illustration-style, interpretation in post-processing in which the resulting image appears more hand-drawn than photographic.
Most fine art photographers know that the development of true artistic expression is envisioned at the compositional stage and realized in the post-capture processing phase. While in New York, I wanted to capture more than just images of the city. I wanted to create a collection of interpretive-style, artistic, colorful, illustration-like images that would convey my unique vision of this American cityscape and its people. Prior to traveling to New York, I had started experimenting with processing photographic images using a high-dynamic-range (HDR) process using the Apple iPad with the objective of creating bold, saturated, high contrast, illustration-like images commonly found in magazines. Using a series of iPad-based applications, I worked out the processing sequence that would lead to a bold, colorful, almost line-art type of appearance--as if it were an etching. Impressed with the result, I felt this technique would provide me with the means to portray Manhattan with the artistic license I wanted. As I composed and made the captures, I tried to visualize the end result of what I was seeing through the viewfinder. All of the images contained in this book were processed using this technique. The majority of the images were captured using a Canon EOS 40D DSLR and supplemented with additional ones taken using an Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 3.
For the vast majority of us who do not call New York City home, many of our perceptions of this great metropolis are formed through what we see in motion pictures, hear in music, view on television or read in books. Not everything seen, heard, viewed or read through the popular media, however, necessarily reflects the day-to-day reality of a place or its true personality. I have long wanted to capture my own vision of the New York City personality and share my interpretation of what I saw through my lenses in an artistic, impressionistic way. That is what this book is all about.
Published through Blurb Press (http://www.blurb.com), Three Days In Manhattan is available in three editions. The collector's edition is a beautifully hardbound book in medium-format (8x10 inches) landscape orientation with special heavy weight pro-line pearl pages. The softbound edition, also medium-format (8x10 inches) landscape orientation, contains the same high-quality, heavy weight pro-line pearl pages. The printing process really highlights the beautiful colors in the images. The e-book edition for iPad shows dramatic color saturation and fine detail in all of the images on a backlit retina display. It is the least expensive edition and may be easily downloaded and viewed on the Apple iPad using the iBooks app.
You may click below for an online preview of the book. Should you wish to purchase one or more of the editions, just follow the online prompts from the preview. Included with this article is a sampling of images from the book. I offer beautiful custom pigment prints on archival fine art matte paper in dimensions up to 11x14 inches of all images that appear in the book. You may peruse additional images from Three Days In Manhattan in my online galleries on my website or you may contact me directly regarding the purchase of any image you may be interested in.
It is my sincere hope that you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed creating them. I welcome your thoughts and feedback on my work.
On a personal note, I left New York City on October 27, 2012 just a day before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and escaped the destruction wreaked by that terrible storm. The images that appear in this book were made just days before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy to the New York City metropolitan area. Many lives were lost and many people displaced and rendered homeless due to extensive property damage or the loss of their homes. Few of us can understand the suffering they are going through in the aftermath of the storm. The lengthy process of cleaning up and rebuilding what was destroyed has begun. In an effort to contribute in some small way to helping with the rebuilding effort and those displaced by the storm, proceeds from the sales of Three Days In Manhattan will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
This book is dedicated to the great people of the New York City metropolitan area and their resolve and strength to rise above and overcome one of the greatest natural disasters ever in the history of that city.
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