I think the thing I love the most about traveling and exploring new places is how it puts me in touch with history. It is hard to describe the feelings I had when I stood in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, where Anne and her family hid from German occupation during World War 2 for two years before being betrayed and taken away to the concentration camps. I held my breath when I stood at the top of Notre-Dame Cathedral one morning, looking out across the rooftops of Paris towards the Eiffel Tower. Construction on Notre-Dame began in 1163. 853 years ago. Amazing. At Pearl Harbor in Honolulu I looked down at the wreck of the USS Arizona, which still leaks oil into the ocean to this day. The bombing of that ship in 1941 brought America into World War 2. A few hours later I stood on the deck of the USS Missouri, in the exact spot where Japan surrendered in 1945. It is moments like this that keep me motivated to travel.
New York City is iconic, known the world over, with a history all its own. Grand Central Terminal is definitely one of the quintessential landmarks in this remarkable city, and I’d like to share part of a photo essay I shot there on my last trip. This post is part four of a five part series featuring photography from New York City:
- Part One – Photographing New York City
- Part Two – My Fujifilm gear pack for photographing New York City
- Part Three – New York street photography
- Part Four – Grand Central Terminal photographed in black and white
- Part Five – Photographing New York City from the Top of the Rock
The roots of Grand Central Terminal go back to the Grand Central Depot, which first opened in 1871. 146 years ago. This was followed by the Grand Central Station in 1900 and the Grand Central Terminal in 1913. The Terminal occupies 48 acres, has 44 platforms, 67 tracks and over 750,000 people pass through its doors daily. Yes, 750,000 per day. The structure also houses restaurants, shopping and other assorted businesses. It is a stunning piece of architecture.
Given its importance in the story of New York, I knew that I wanted to create a photo essay of the terminal that evoked its history and that had a timeless feel. I chose to shoot the series in black and white, using the Acros film simulation processed with rich blacks, to try and create a cohesive series of photographs of the terminal. All images in this series were shot with the Fuji X-Pro2 and the Fujinon 10-24mm lens, except for the close ups of the clock and the chandelier which were shot with the Fujinon 55-200mm lens.
Each photo can be clicked to view large. I hope you like them.