Happy Anniversary GCT

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Until yesterday, I always thought this historic site was named Grand Central Station.  Yesterday however was it’s 100th Anniversary and I learned that it’s correct name is Grand Central Terminal.  It’s one of the most photographed sites in America and I usually don’t like to post photos that I’ve taken that are also common photos.  In this case I’ll make an exception because I did do some things to set this photo apart from many like it.

First of all I used a slow shutter speed so that moving figures in the scene would blur, showing the sense of motion that is a part of this scene.  Grand Central Terminal is constantly abuzz with motion, so I wanted to convey that feeling.  Secondly, I applied a slight watercolor filter to the scene, so it has a slight painterly effect.

Like many treasures, Grand Central Terminal was at one time on the schedule to be demolished.  It had fallen into disrepair and it was only the actions of concerned citizens and Jacqueline Kennedy that managed to save it!  If ever in New York City, it is certainly a treasure worth seeing!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Happy Anniversary GCT

  1. Patricia, Wellington Ohio says:

    Kolman, I’m making mental notes while enjoying this photograph. I think you added value to this photograph by your method.


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