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New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:55:20 PM »

Although not exactly a honeycomb pattern, it was my first association.

Anyone knows what are those numerous white ropes for, hanging at an angle?

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2013, 05:58:58 PM »

Escapes?

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2013, 06:01:32 PM »

Strings for the over head kites!

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2013, 06:02:16 PM »

nyone knows what are those numerous white ropes for, hanging at an angle?
The Lilliputians trying to topple the hive and get some honey? OK, stupid humor, but to me this image needs more terrorism ;) Seriously, would a little more snap hurt? Curious to hear your reply either way you'd come down on it. And I realize it's always a question of degree. What do you think?

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2013, 06:26:11 PM »

...Seriously, would a little more snap hurt?...

Since you said "seriously'" I assume you are not pulling my leg? ;)

In any case, here is the original/processed, so you decide.

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2013, 06:37:06 PM »

Anyone knows what are those numerous white ropes for, hanging at an angle?

Those are escape lines. Next time an airliner heads for your tower, thanks to Snowden and Manning, you grab one of those lines and slide down to the street. Be sure you have your work gloves on, though.

Oh, and, neat shot, Slobodan.

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2013, 07:27:09 PM »

In any case, here is the original/processed, so you decide.

Seriously ;) I'm with you.

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2013, 07:59:52 PM »

I like it very much.

It looks like an abstract but isn't and that's why I think it works so well, you can look at the detail within it (3D), or you can look at the surface, shape and design of it (2D).

It also reminds me of this famously expensive image, which also works IMO, by having a very similar effect.

So Slobodan my advice would be, punch up the colour, print it very large and ker-ching...!

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2013, 11:23:11 PM »

New York or Beijing?

It reminds me of a series of photos taken in China a couple of years ago, but I can't remember who the artist was.

Neat shot.

[EDIT: Found a link to the Chinese photos: http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/pictures/hong-kong-high-density-housing-cramped-living-conditions.html ]
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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2013, 12:54:09 AM »

So Slobodan my advice would be, punch up the colour, print it very large and ker-ching...!

I suggest going even larger than that!  At least 20% larger than "very large", and then you can get double "a lot of money" for it.  ker-ching...! ker-ching...!
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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 02:02:29 AM »

New York or Beijing?...

New York. Mid-Manhattan at that. Ironically enough, the area is most likely a part of Hell's Kitchen.

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2013, 09:35:22 AM »

It's similar to one of Gurtsky’s works:



The ropes may be used by window washers.

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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2013, 12:41:16 PM »

It also reminds me of this famously expensive image, which also works IMO, by having a very similar effect.

Ha!  With my slow-band connection, I was able to arrest the loading of Gursky's image at a pixelated state and then saw . . . Broadway Boogie-Woogie (P.Mondrian) on steroids!!

Yes, the ropes are probably for window washers, who, when equipped photographically naturally tend towards architecture, aerial, & boudoir.
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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2013, 03:47:22 PM »

I am really enjoying your take on NYC, Solobodan, particularly because your "seeing" is quite different than mine when I am in the city.
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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2013, 05:37:52 PM »

Thanks, Alan, appreciated!

I guess what I am trying to do is to reduce and simplify the outside world, be it natural or manmade, to its essential elements of color, shape and form, light and shadow. See them, recognize them and enhance them.

For instance, I see this incredible variety of shapes, forms and colors all within the same block in NY:

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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2013, 05:47:22 PM »

That's the best one yet, Slobodan. Keep it up.

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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2013, 06:50:51 PM »

That's the best one yet, Slobodan. Keep it up.

Yeah, agree with that totally. That one's a joy.
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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2013, 05:02:05 AM »

An illustration indeed of why planning a new city from scratch could never produce charm.

You have to allow for the eclectic magic of time, race and personality to shine through. And that can't come from central planning.

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2013, 10:40:24 AM »

That's the best one yet, Slobodan. Keep it up.
Have to agree, except for your "I Love NY" shot ;)

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Re: New York Patterns - Human Honeycomb?
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2013, 01:37:09 PM »

The white ropes mystery solved: window washers indeed. I was skeptical at first, as the building does not have that many windows requiring outside washing, plus the angle of the ropes was strange (i.e., moving away from the building the closer it gets to the ground). Then, yesterday, while walking around Chicago, I saw the same thing. This time I was able to get to the building and see the washer platform parked on the ground, about 100 feet from the building - that explains the ropes' angle).
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