“Fire Escape” – Church Street at Vesey, New York

“Fire Escape” - Church Street at Vesey, New York

“Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.”
― Dave Pelzer

Situated on the north-west corner of the World Trade Centre Plaza, I’m sure this building has some stories to tell, as it sustained some damage during the 9-11 attacks and has a clear view of the Plaza itself. I did not think of the building’s story as I stopped to photograph it. Though I’ve had time to reflect on that since.

The way the light played off the walls and created shadows is what first drew my eye to this image. There is also the structure of the fire escape that really brings this image together. I made a large print of this image, which hangs on the wall in front of me as I write this. The lines draw me in and keep me scanning all the fine details and subtle shade gradations. It seems to capture the ‘feel’ of New York, as I experienced it. It’s also quite a contrast to the ultra modern World Trade One and the Oculus, which are directly behind me and to the right as I made this image.


Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 31mm
1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 400

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5 Comments on ““Fire Escape” – Church Street at Vesey, New York

  1. That is a new quote. Brilliant thought and lends itself to deep reflection. This photograph has a meditative quality as well.

    • Thank you. As I was reviewing my photos from last weekend I had forgotten where this building was. As I referenced the location I realized just how profound the experience of being at this location had really been.

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