Block Futures

By: Gustav Hoiland

Oct 29 2014

Category: architecture

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Aperture:f/2
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:100
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Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Finally some time in NYC. Except for a one-day-Monday shoot, it looks like I’m anchored in my room to finally plow through some of the mounting work. The construction across the street has proceeded from concrete saws and jackhammers to a quiet phase of interior finishing. That I am thankful for.

I walk about the neighborhood most days as a break from work. A few hours in the chair, then shoes on and out the front door. There are two buildings in particular I keep venturing to. This is one of them. The other is skinnier still and perhaps a few stories taller (even considering the stepped-back penthouse atop).

To be succinct, I love it. It is unique and it is plopped down onto a small plot of a lot amidst other small buildings of the neighborhood. When people find out what I do they occasionally exclaim the virtues of supergrand architecture of the city, the cathedrals and train stations, soaring towers and wondrous bridges. What I could call the sunsets of architecture – undeniably beautiful things, but things I am not keen to apply my craft to. I like the small, the unique. The different. The buildings borne of a single architect’s hand supported by a team of implementers. Things of more human scale. I’m rambling here and am not being particularly articulate.

I walk the city to discover new nuggets among the historic blocks. My favorite? A single block of Bond Street.

Find that, walk it, you’ll understand.

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