Weixi Zeng
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Desolate Moments in New York City

This was a photography project done at SVA that spanned from March to April of 2015. I went out every weekend during that period of time in search for cityscapes in NYC that are fresh and unique. Also through this project, you can see an illusive reflection of NYC's landscape evolving from a harsh, drenched winter to a lush, youthful early spring.

Desolate Moments
in New York City

 

New York City is known for its dense population, crowded streets and the hustle & bustle living environment. It's almost impossible to not relate NYC with non-stopping noises and busy street scenes.

But every city has its quieter, calmer side; so does this metropolitan that 8.4 million people call home. As you move further out from Manhattan, the cityscape changes in a subtle yet noticeable fashion: You will find streets start to become less packed, empty lots scattered with old vehicles, or even buildings that look like they're being deserted. Together these city scenes compose a mysterious, sometimes surreal landscape for this city.

 

April.18.2015 | Industrial areas in Long Island City

 

April.18.2015 | Empty billboards and freeway in Long Island City

 

Industries

Sometimes when the mood was just right, even I did see cars and hints of human activities; it appears to me that the city just took a sharp pause, and everyone who was working before simply vanished.

 
 

March.15.2015 | For the year I lived on Roosevelt Island, those chimneys from that power plant in Queens have always intrigued me.

 

Snow

Weather played an important role in this project. During some of the worst snowstorms that hit NYC in the beginning of 2015, even parts of Manhattan looked like they were abandoned. Snow made everything that was once lovely pale and stiff.

 

March.20.2015 | The last snowstorm before spring | Taken on the Roosevelt Island tramway.

 

Structures

New York City is almost infamously known for its skyscrapers that are packing every piece of land in Manhattan. Luckily for me, there were moments when these giants appeared more like lonely and obscure bystanders.

March.28.2015 | Bridge, tramway, towers, they indicate a high level of human activities; yet they all look so solitary.

 

April.2.2015 | Taken below Queensborough Bridge.

 

Thawing

And then finally, some long-awaited warm sun ray hinted that it was the reign of early spring in the Metropolitan.

 

April.18.2015 | At the end of the tracks was the sun, and New York, New York.

 

Special thanks to Abby Robinson,
who gave so much care and effort to help me finish this project.

This was a photography project done at SVA that spanned from March to April of 2015. I went out every weekend during that period of time in search for cityscapes in NYC that are fresh and unique. Also through this project, you can see an illusive reflection of NYC's landscape evolving from a harsh, drenched winter to a lush, youthful early spring.