Cityscapes - Pervez Photography

Cities are such a unique place to shoot. As centers of mass populations, they are an embodiment of the human experiment: they show us how we live together, how we form a society, but uniquely so. This is because cities inevitably include diverse groups of people, spanning race, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. It is hard to not find a particular group of people in these metropolises. And in this sea of humanity, there are also majestic buildings, parks, and unique architecture. In all of this, people function with normalcy. In that sense, cities remind me that we are capable of living with one another, despite our differences, and that there is nothing unusual about it. City photography has the potential to capture all of this, and that is simply magical. 

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The Manhattan Bridge

So, this is a very famous view of the Manhattan Bridge, with the Empire State Building in the distance, from Washington Street in Brooklyn. After years of being by the neighborhood, I finally decided to take the picture myself. The view is simple, yet spectacular. For me, it invokes an older city, seen by the buildings and the bridge (and a view that has basically been the same for a very long time), aging over the years, with all the new fancy cars. I should also note that getting this photo was its own challenge, as this is obviously a major tourist spot, especially now in the age of good cameras on cell phones! There were a minimum of 25 people all taking goofy photos (lining up in the street, laying down, etc.) that necessitated me waiting a good 15 minutes to get a few good shots. Well worth the wait.

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