Photo of the day: I SOLD ONE OF MY PHOTOS TO BE USED AS A GIANT MURAL IN A NYC LOBBY !! – Wow! Pinch me! I got an email several months ago from a design firm that saw this photo of mine on my web site and said it was perfect for their client, it was exactly what they were looking for. I didn’t dare dream or think anything would come of it. Well – it did!
The photo called “West Side Story” is of fire escapes casting their shadows at sunset in the Soho district of New York. While editing the photo, it more and more made me think of the fire escapes used as logos for the classic American musical film “West Side Story.” So as I played with the photo more and more, I reversed it into a negative image and tinted it the exact color of the “West Side Story” film poster and voilà! Obviously it appealed to someone, because it sold for a tidy $um and is going to be a giant mural in a lobby of a building !
WEST SIDE STORY: The cast iron district of Manhattan also known as NoHo and Soho, features some of the most wonderful cast iron buildings in the world. The idea of building with cast iron revolutionized the building process from 1840 – 1880, you didn’t have to stack all those thousands of little bricks. All the parts were shipped to the building site. The door frames, windowsills, columns, staircases, beams, windows and doors, skylights, turrets, ornamentations, etc. Like a giant Tinkertoy or Lego set. Now all you had to do was install the interior walls and the floors and the building was finished in one third the time of a conventional mortar and brick building. The two neighborhoods have the largest collection of all or part cast iron buildings in the world, 250, and . . . if you have a magnet on you it will stick to about every third building in the area.
The best time to walk the streets is just before sunset and you see these wonderful dramatic shadows cast by one of the quintessential items of New York – the cast iron fire escapes. Film noir drama.
Here I tinted the photo red to accent the angles and recreate the feel and look of the original graphics of “West Side Story.”