|Balloon Girl (Soho)|
Up Close, What Does New York City Look Like?Deborah Julian is a New York City based street and urban landscape photographer.
Her eye find images from the street that tell stories.
Balloon Girl tells its tale on a summer day in Tribeca: A long-legged woman in a pink dress and high heels seems about to be lifted off the street corner, carried by her balloons.
But in reality, her distracted expression suggests she'll be anchored on the assignment for a while.
Another, more subtle narrative about urban life can be seen in Between Two Universes, a vision that strikes the social differences in the dungeon-like characteristics of the New York subway system.
The woman in the photo has just left the upscale neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. The subway system, its filth and rudimentary design is a great equalizer. All travelers, rich or poor, young or old, are greeted with indifference and disrespect.
People connect New York's urban landscape with Manhattan's aggregation of competing towers, now mostly glass, as they resemble a geometric mountain range, the angles squared and clean. But an older New York stakes a claim on values that once shaped Manhattan.
The Empire State Building, seen from the west in High Line Park, in muscular in what now seems like old age, a force more than a presence. And not glass.
See a related story: Why Is The Empire State Building Shrinking?
Deborah Julian's pictures of New York City can be hidden gems, for all intents invisible to to visitors and nearly all residents. 5:00 A.M, Winter, New York City is an example, both unique and beautiful in its artistry.
A light layer of snow frosts a balcony in this haunting scene as residents arise and the night, represented by a ship in the cold East River, falls to the weak arrival of light. The silhouette of a woman seizes your attention before your eye searches for more details.
An important element is much of Deborah Julian's work as an urban street photographer is its narrative. In Carl Schurz Park, New Normal, the narrative verges close to an essay on contemporary life.
|The New Normal, Carl Schurz Park|
In a picture that's been a favorite at juried shows, two women of differing styles use the rails in Carl Schurz Park, a scenic location where the East and Harlem Rivers join to form the tidal chaos of Hell Gate. The graying sky, the rough structures in the background combine with the mundane behavior of the women, indifferent to each other and their surroundings, to create a challenging image of disconnection.
Deborah Julian continues to post new images of New York City on her website.