Ever since I was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn, I had a fascination with architecture. In fact, one of my earliest memories was wanting to be an architect... and Robocop. And who could blame me? Living in one of the most diverse cities in terms of its structures (among all sorts of other diversities) does that to you. My parents never really liked going into 'the city', a New Yorker's term for Manhattan. We had our favorite Chinese and Italian restaurants right in Brooklyn, on Avenue T and on Ralph Ave, respectively. For them, the hassle of driving into the city was reserved for special occasions, which meant that we were going to their favorite lobster restaurant (I can't remember the name but I know that it's still in operation because that's still the only reason why they make the trek).
All of this is a roundabout way of me explaining that, while I have this fascination with architecture, I didn't get too many opportunities in my early childhood to appreciate it. It wasn't until I was in high school (I went to Poly Prep CDS in Bay Ridge, right in the shadow of the wonderful Verrazano-Narrows Bridge) that I started venturing out with my buds into the city and really begin immersing myself in my home's marvelous feats of construction.
I always have a tendency to photograph buildings that are in the process of being constructed. All of the materials, tools, and various jetsam that are holding the structure in place - it adds a charming and almost human element to what is otherwise just a cold slab of concrete and rebar. I also tend to compose using a bit of a dutch tilt for these photos while filling the frame as much as possible. After all, don't these gigantic structures deserve to be portrayed as the looming beasts that they are in the process of becoming?
I took this image about an hour ago while strolling down a random street in Seattle. From what I saw, there was a bunch of active construction going on, so hopefully that is a good thing. I got to Seattle yesterday evening and stayed for the night to give a presentation to emerging photographers as part of the PDN30 series (they're in their 15th year!). I was supposed to catch an Amtrak train back down but there were some major delays, so I canceled the train and am flying down. This gave me the few extra hours I needed to enjoy a beautiful walk around a city that I need to really spend more time getting to know.