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City Blues

Bordered by Nature

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The shiny steel, reflective glass, and decorative facades of Manhattan's skyline all share a common thread: they were inspired by nature. The shapes and angles of the buildings mimic the curves of a leaf, the symmetry of a flower, or the grandeur of a mountain range. As we gaze up at the towering structures, we are reminded that even the most advanced human creations have roots in the natural world.

Manhattan's mix of buildings stands tall and proud, reaching towards the sky in a display of human progress and ingenuity. Yet, amidst the shiny steel and glass, we can see the border of nature, reminding us of our coexistence with the natural world. Weeds and plant life grow in the cracks of the pavement, a reminder of the resilience of the natural world. It is a contrast of shapes that fills the sky, creating a sweet harmony between the planned and the unplanned.

Nature always finds a way to thrive even in the most urbanised areas, whether it's through the deliberate inclusion of green spaces or the persistence and resilient weeds. We, humans, accept it, admire it, and even expect it. Perhaps because we need it, it provides a grounding force to the ever-changing and evolving world around us.

The juxtaposition of shapes and textures between the skyscrapers and the plants creates a harmony that fills the sky and the ground. It reminds us that, as we strive for growth and development, we must not forget our connection to the natural world. It's a reminder of the imperfections and beauty that exist in both the planned and the unplanned, and how we can find art in the contrast.

The City Blues Collection

Photographing New York, a city of immense contrast, with its relentless pace, towering skyscrapers, and melting pot of cultures. As a visitor, I find myself drawn to its energy and complexity, and on my recent trip, I wanted to capture the essence of the city through my photographs. The blue and yellow tones in my series represent the struggle and the hope that are so integral to the New York experience. The city is notorious for its brutal competitiveness, but it is also a place where dreams can come true with hard work and determination.

Through my photo editing, I wanted to depict the multifaceted nature of New York, showcasing both its gritty, urban side alongside its shining moments of triumph. Each photo in the series tells a story about the city, using colour to reflect the various shades of the New York experience. From the cold blues that symbolise the challenges evident in the city to the warm yellows that represent the promise of success, these photos are a testament to the resilience and diversity of New York.

Whether you're a native New Yorker or a visitor like myself, these photos offer a glimpse into the city's many layers. They serve as a reminder that in a place as complex as New York, success and struggle often go hand in hand and that the journey to the top is rarely a straightforward one.

As a photographer, I believe that photography is a powerful medium for capturing the spirit of a place, photography as an art form has a wonderful ability to tell stories that transcend borders and cultures. The City Blues collection of blue and yellow photos from New York offers a unique perspective on the city, highlighting its complexity and the endless opportunities it presents.