MTA Announces New Photography Exhibition at Bowling Green Station
Customers at the Bowling Green subway station can enjoy some thrilling and unique views from atop some familiar intersections. Seven large-scale photographs are now on display at the downtown area station. The exhibit is the latest installation of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design’s large-scale photography exhibitions, which are posted four times a year within New York’s public transportation system.
Photographer Navid Baraty, whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other publications, was fascinated with the views seen while photographing from midtown skyscrapers, and he later photographed the Thanksgiving Day Parade from a similar angle in the sky. In his exploration of city views from high up, Baraty had his camera strapped to his wrist, as he leaned out windows, and on ledges, gaining a view that that gives a new perspective on our role as city dwellers, navigating traffic and getting around the city.
“Everyone walks around Manhattan looking up at the giant skyscrapers, but very few get the chance to look down from so many different vantage points,” he said.
The photographs are angled downward while viewers at the station are looking straight ahead, providing a disorienting shift and furthering the impact of these stunning images. The light shifts in the images from daytime to nighttime and street markings and patterns are replaced with glowing illumination.
“The Lightbox Program lets us showcase a variety of photographers and a wide range of work; Navid Baraty’s work has an excitement and adventurous spirit that lets our riders feel as if they are scaling the rooftops as they traverse the city, underground,” said Lester Burg, Senior Manager for MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design. “Too often, as we race around the city, we forget the magnitude and the scale of Manhattan. Placing these photographs in the subway station used by the many visitors to Lower Manhattan area landmarks – Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty among others-offers a fascinating glimpse and bird’s eye view where people, cars and buses intersect with our urban architecture.”
The exhibit will remain on view through 2014. Printing was sponsored by Kodak Alaris and Prestone Media Group on Kodak Professional ENDURA transparency display material.