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The Color of Rain - Greenwich Village - New York City - By Vivienne GucwaIn dreams memories take on the hues of nostalgia: faded hues made rich with meaning that are etched into the dreamscapes that play themselves against our eyelids each night.Memory-tones diffused by the tear-in-the eye and lump-in-the throat feeling of familiarity synthesize with overwhelming feelings of connection with the past as it dilutes itself into the present.—-

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The Manhattan Bridge and the New York City Skyline at Sunset - By Vivienne GucwaThis image inhabits a very special place in my heart.It was taken near the tail-end of a storm back. It had rained only an hour before I made my way across the Brooklyn Bridge and as the sun started to set over New York City, the storm clouds parted just enough to allow the most magnificent amount of sunlight wash over the Manhattan Bridge. As the rest of the New York City skyline faded into the languid haze in behind the gorgeously lit bridge, I knew right then and there that photography was something that made me feel more alive and at one with myself than anything else in the world.—-Can also be found in the limited and standard print editions of The Plus One Collection photography book. You can read about it here if you are so inclined:http://nythroughthelens.com/post/17337889238/the-plus-one-collection-the-photographer

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In Another Place and Time - Chinatown - New York City - By Vivienne GucwaNew York City changes and evolves at a rapid pace. In certain areas, changes occur faster than others. Lower Manhattan is one place that has changed the most in the last decade. Development happens fast and the current trends are extremely tall buildings constructed mostly of glass, chain stores and luxury boutiques. In neighborhoods that were once bohemian and home to artists and rebels, these current changes have been hard to swallow for long-time residents who run the risk of being out-priced out of the neighborhoods they have called home for decades.Despite these changes, there are still parts of lower Manhattan that recall earlier decades. New York City suffered economically in the 1970s and it was during this decade that much of lower Manhattan was transformed into a danger zone full of abandoned lots and buildings and rampant crime. Having grown up in New York City in the 1980s and early 1990s, I have vivid memories of riding graffiti-covered trains from Queens into Manhattan. I was taught to ‘watch my back’ at all times since everyone seemed to know someone who had been mugged. Things were still different in those days prior to the initiatives by mayors Koch and Guiliani to ‘clean up’ the city (and discourse is still rampant regarding how they handled it).When I came across this section of Canal Street initially, my heart almost leaped out of my chest. Here I was staring at a section of a spot in Chinatown that seemed as if it had been dipped in 1980s New York City and had become frozen in time (thankfully I had my camera). It’s hard to put into words how powerful this scene is for personally. It’s a bit like staring at something that once existed in a distant life.A city may change rapidly discarding pieces of itself, but it’s the people who carry it’s broken pieces with them in their hearts who imbue the city with its memory.—-

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Adagio - Light Through Autumn Trees - Central Park - By Vivienne Gucwa

It’s in the way the sunlight streams through the last vestiges of autumn: as golden as the leaves that hold onto their branches.

It’s in the way the earth bares itself under this fanfare: as vulnerable as new lover’s heartbeats buried under layers of clothing.

Winter’s prelude starts slowly: a distant refrain that works its way through the earth chilled in anticipation.

We slow-dance on this mortal coil to the adagio of life twisting and turning with the whims of the winds that scatter our spirit to the ends of the earth.

It’s all we can do.

It’s moments like these that the world stops rotating long enough for every breath to reverberate alongside the earth’s heartbeat. And we move through the city relishing a chance to be enveloped by the sinking, seductive embrace of serenity as the city dreams along with us. ---
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Sorrow-soaked - Central Park Autumn Landscape - By Vivienne GucwaThere are days in Central Park during the autumn when the weather is deliciously ominous. These are the sorts of days when grey clouds do their best to compete with the sunlight for the spotlight. I love the quality of this sort of contrasting light. During moments when the sun does manage to peek through the gray blanket of clouds, the foliage seems to reel in the bits of scattered sunlight.This is a vista that seems to come alive in the autumn and winter due in part to Central Park’s beautiful willow trees. There is a quality to the placement of the branches that is reminiscent of theatrical stage curtains in a persistent state of dramatically opening to reveal the landscapes that are just beyond their grasp as if they are revealing a show that comes alive in the final two acts of a performance that spans a year.In the autumn, these sorrow-soaked branches frame the sprawling autumn landscape that surrounds the lake and in the winter when the lake is covered in snow, the same branches hold multitudes of icy tears framing the towers of San Remo perfectly.—-

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Fever Dream - The New York City Skyline in Slhouette at Sunset - By Vivienne GucwaI used to refer to sunsets as sunfire.Those first sunsets burned through my retinas into the innermost recesses of my mind.Clouds poured over the smoldering sparks of orange like thick plumes of smoke and before the sun extinguished itself, it burned the brightest of any flame in existence.When the sun sets over New York City, it’s as if a thousand flames dance across the sky, leaving embers scattered across the skyline in the wake of it’s burning: like a fevered dream scattering its remnants across the mind before the deepest of slumbers.I used to refer to sunsets as sunfire.I still do.—-

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Adagio - Light Through Autumn Trees - Central Park - By Vivienne GucwaIt’s in the way the sunlight streams through the last vestiges of autumn: as golden as the leaves that hold onto their branches.It’s in the way the earth bares itself under this fanfare: as vulnerable as new lover’s heartbeats buried under layers of clothing.Winter’s prelude starts slowly: a distant refrain that works its way through the earth chilled in anticipation.We slow-dance on this mortal coil to the adagio of life twisting and turning with the whims of the winds that scatter our spirit to the ends of the earth.It’s all we can do.

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In Dreams - Staple Street Skybridge - New York City - By Vivienne GucwaI have favorite streets. They haunt me in all the best ways. They represent the New York City in my mind. Everyone seems to have a different version of New York City in their mind. My version was formed early on, a result of falling in love with a combination of streetscapes in classic cinema, futuristic sci-fi city environments in literature and film, and years of traversing New York City on foot.These streets tug at memories I haven’t made yet while yanking memories I treasure from the deep recesses of my mind. This is one of those streets. It’s Staple Street in Tribeca. A tiny alley-like street, it contains one of the most fascinating pedestrian bridges (also known as a skyway, traverse, skywalk and a host of other terms) I have ever seen in New York City.—-

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Two Suns - The New York City Skyline at Sunset - By Vivienne GucwaBefore the night trails across the sky leaving darkness and whispers in its wake, the sun melts over the city’s towering silhouettes pouring its essence into the water like liquid gold.The city lights illuminate the urban landscape like stars while each and every last ember of daylight fades: extinguished sparks exhaled in the long sighs of evening wanderers.

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The Manhattan Bridge and the New York City Skyline at Sunset - By Vivienne GucwaThis image inhabits a very special place in my heart.It was taken near the tail-end of a storm back. It had rained only an hour before I made my way across the Brooklyn Bridge and as the sun started to set over New York City, the storm clouds parted just enough to allow the most magnificent amount of sunlight wash over the Manhattan Bridge. As the rest of the New York City skyline faded into the languid haze in behind the gorgeously lit bridge, I knew right then and there that photography was something that made me feel more alive and at one with myself than anything else in the world.—-Can also be found in the limited and standard print editions of The Plus One Collection photography book. You can read about it here if you are so inclined:http://nythroughthelens.com/post/17337889238/the-plus-one-collection-the-photographer

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For Two - Autumn- Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne GucwaI am saddened that autumn’s finest foliage only seems to grace us with its presence for a few weeks out of the year. Someone once told me that the short-lived nature of autumn is what makes it so special. Perhaps there is some truth to that notion. The fleeting transient nature of autumn does make it memorable. There is a bittersweet quality to the action of capturing it in full splendor; giddy delight at experiencing something so magical mixed with sorrowful anxiety knowing that in a short time all of it will be only a preserved memory.—-

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