Ah, the Big Apple… A great crossroad of this world. Home to many, as well as a passing station in life. It is adorned by great landmarks, as well as represented throughout the world. Many artists have used New York as an inspiration, one of them being Dennis Ramos, bringing us New York photos in a new light. Mr Ramos is awarded fine art photographer who, through manipulating light, portrays landscapes and architecture in black and white.
First of all, it isn’t one of those classical black and white New York photos. Playing with photos, Dennis gave us a simple range- from jet black to pale gray. That simplicity adds a certain gravity to an everyday object, changing its demeanor. The Manhattan Municipal Building, with its new looks, seems like an old haunted mansion, or even a mansion on the island of Dr. Moreau.
With the reduction of colors, and the change of lightning, this brings somewhat a spooky mood… Still worth its place in the Guggenheim Museum! When you think about it, it does bring a certain feel of those classical black and white movies. You know, Citizen Kane, King Kong, On the Waterfront… Looks like a great setting for the mystery drama of the Citizen Kane… just waiting for Orson Welles… Would have mentioned the Maltese Falcon, but it’s set in San Francisco.
Aside the dark and somewhat ominous look (a quite awesome aspect), these New York photos also offer a sense of freedom. Watch as the Empire State Building rises from the bustling and dark lowlands into the gleaming skies. The dark rim of the photo seems like a dark, yet translucent eye lid of the creature with the Empire State Building at its sights. Who knows, it might be King Kong, going for one more climb to the top.
Of course, there is always a place for a subtle symbolics. As the Manhattan courthouse arises from the darkness of the streets, a ray of sunshine falls upon it… Putting a light on a symbol of unreachable illusion of justice…
A State of Liberty in New York photos of Dennis Ramos
This play of light versus dark gives another meaning to the very photo. It releases it. Changes it from stern to relaxed and vice versa. Chill out, be free, never mind the dark clouds!