Manhattan Quadratic Declination

photography Robert Polidori

curation Claudia Vitarelli

Issue IX

“These images were photographed with a view camera with two sheets of 11” x 14” film and 1100 millimeter lens. The second exposure of the scene was taken to get the focus sharper on the nearer buildings visible on the lower portion of the photograph. Both color negatives were scanned and then merged to combine the best focus of both exposures. The location of the shot was a corner building situated on 26th Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea. I had rented an apartment on the 33rd floor because I thought the views from there were especially astounding for photography.

The view affords very little in the way of Renaissance perspective, since what defines depth is volume placement over other volumes. (What is in front of what.) These collections of high-rise apartment or office blocks remind me of the collective nesting areas of sea bird rookeries found on many islands in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. From afar they look so familiar, but on closer scrutiny each locus has individual traits.” -Robert Polidori

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