800 yards from Manhattan. A world apart. Governors Island is a 172-acre strip of land employed by the Continental Army to defend the harbor against the British in 1776, and has had various uses military uses since. Today the National Park Service is Governors Island's primary caretaker along the northern shore, and its historic homes and battlements make it a sight to behold. As different to lower Manhattan as a place can be, this Island is chock full of visual surprises and a perfect exploration opportunity for street, landscape, architecture and history-buff photographers.
Join us as we explore the center of American financial might. It's a chaotic scene, packed with suits and shoppers, tourists and rainmakers. Light blasts through narrow corridors and creates a sharply defined scene, and inspired photographers can take advantage. Find out something new about one of the oldest corners of New York history.
Majestic. Iconic. Historic. Many gushing words are used to describe Grand Central Station on East 42nd St. As one of the last great living monuments to last 19th-century Beaux Arts architecture in the city, Grand Central is beloved by travelers, commuters and tourists alike. But how do we best consider the keenly detailed light, the dramatic contrast in space, and the classically-articulated surfaces that make this station unlike any other? Well, that's what we're going to find out.
Washington Square Park is a New York staple, over the years home to many counterculture movements, outsiders, youth and artists. From Civil War-era riots, to the Beats and the Punks, Washington Square has symbolized uprising and collective action. Nowadays things have changed as new forces shape the area, and so as photographers it falls upon us to document the evolution of an iconic place. Perhaps in the process we can find clues to what will be coming next.
It was called The World's Playground and was for many years the most popular and sought after attraction in the world. Tremendous theme parks with bright lights that lit up the night sky, one-of-a-kind experiences, mobs of excitement-seekers plus a beach made Coney a formidable force for fun. Now Coney Island is experiencing another evolution, and whether or not you're a fan of the new look, it's absolutely still one of the most interesting New York spots to shoot. Come join us to explore a neighborhood with one foot in the past, and the other in some nebulous future.
Fort Tryon Park is known for being the last remaining natural growth forest in Manhattan. With a high elevation point and outstanding views across the Hudson River, Fort Tryon is a New York touchstone, home to the unparalleled museum for Medieval art and architecture The Cloisters. We'll meet at the entrance to the park and photograph the emerging spring foliage, the surrounding areas, and an optional (but highly recommended) tour through the museum itself.
Okay we're gonna just say it: this place really has the greatest view of New York City we've ever seen. With 360 degree sight lines and from such a great height, this observation deck at One World truly stands apart if you love aerial and architectural photography, no drone or helicopter needed. One thing you will want, however, is a black sock. We'll tell you why when you get there.
3 hours of exploring new territory, re-analyzing older terrain, using the city as set designer for your ideas. Each Field Guide meets on location where we quickly recap some of the greatest hits (or lack thereof) of our particular meeting point. Following the introduction are two live shooting periods, divided by a quick meetup and feedback session. Finally we'll reconvene for an optional drink/snack and chat at a noteworthy local establishment.