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Monday, June 09, 2008

Privileges

I am fortunate to have friends with an extraordinary view of the city and was able to capture a series of photos in the evening sunset light.
These rooftop turbine ventilators make a very visual accent to the city's skyline. They can be seen everywhere in New York, along with the ubiquitous water tanks, which I have previously posted on.
In this photo, the ventilators are directly above what appears to be a penthouse apartment with a terrace. It may come as a surprise, but there are a number of people in Manhattan who have garden space and actually use landscaping services. These gardens are typically hidden from view - either at ground level in the rear of buildings or annexed to top floor apartments. Of course, a substantial premium is paid for this type of privilege, as is for air and views.
As I have written here before, I find many of the structural and functional elements of buildings to be attractive, and they offer a myriad of opportunities for photography. These ventilators evoke a number of images for me - people, minarets, chessmen, chef hats. Peering out over the city from above, craning their necks for perhaps a better view or a breath of fresh air...

4 comments:

Mary said...

Two thoughts: These particular vents coordinate well with the architecture of this building. AND These utilitarian structures are plopped on top of some very distinctive buildings, and we are obviously meant to ignore them -- to see through them. I guess they have no choice.

ken mac said...

nice shots. may I ask your camera/lens?

• Eliane • said...

I also thoughts minarets but I must admit than clicking on the link from your Flickr picture, I was expecting a post on those water tanks that to me are iconic of the city. I've never been able to take a good picture of those. If I can suggest a future post, it would be about that.

Thomas said...

I thought Kremlin when i saw this pic.