In Photos: Looking Up

Photo Challenge: Looking up

Way before I arrived here in New York City, someone told me that there was that running joke in these tourists walking around Manhattan.  Barring the obvious about only tourists wearing shorts in the summer, they’re the ones who keep looking up.  They are always awed by the concrete jungle that this part of NYC is, whether they are from another state or another country.

When I started on Instagram not too long ago, I found upward looking shots as a creative way of showcasing the obvious.  It was a different way of making the ordinary stand out.  More than that, it literally showed my world from a different perspective.  Much like stopping to smell the flowers, many of us here tend to forget how there is much to be awed by if we stop looking at what’s street level and looked up instead.  There is a totally different world many levels above us.

Below is a compilation of some of my #LookingUp posts in answer to this photo challenge.

The view from my bus stop this cold, cold early evening in NYC. #lookingup #ny #mynewyork #myny #manhattan #42ndstreet #midtown #ilovenewyork #onmywayhome #thebigapple
May 19, 2014: The view from my bus stop this cold, cold early evening in NYC. #lookingup #ny #mynewyork #myny #manhattan #42ndstreet #midtown #ilovenewyork #onmywayhome #thebigapple
#LookingUp #SomewhereInTheFlatIrobDiatrict last week while waiting to go to #dinner. It's always good to look at a different view every once in a while. It refreshes your #perspective and gives you a new way to appreciate things.. And appreciate the peop
#LookingUp #SomewhereInTheFlatIrobDiatrict last week while waiting to go to #dinner. It’s always good to look at a different view every once in a while. It refreshes your #perspective and gives you a new way to appreciate things..
Looking up: once in a while you have to look up to put things in its proper perspective. #mynyc #mynewyork #lookingup #perspectjve #ilovenewyork #midtown
Looking up: once in a while you have to look up to put things in its proper perspective. #mynyc #mynewyork #lookingup #perspectjve #ilovenewyork #midtown
#Lookingup: running late for brunch but almost there .. Of course, had to stop and snap a pic of the #EmpireStateBuilding. #sunny day today so grab your piece of #sunshine, #nyc ! #Manhattan #mynewyork #mynyc #ilovetheempirestatebuilding
#Lookingup: running late for brunch but almost there .. Of course, had to stop and snap a pic of the #EmpireStateBuilding. #sunny day today so grab your piece of #sunshine, #nyc ! #Manhattan #mynewyork #mynyc #ilovetheempirestatebuilding
#GlassCanvas: #perfect #sunnyDay in #Manhattan. Such a #gloriousfriday it is! #weekend #Friday #NewYork #newyorkcity #skyscraper #glass #glassfacade #lookingUp
#GlassCanvas: #perfect #sunnyDay in #Manhattan. Such a #gloriousfriday it is! #weekend #Friday #NewYork #newyorkcity #skyscraper #glass #glassfacade #lookingUp
#LookingUp from #lutrellstowncastle on a #sunnydayInDublin. We'll be back here #Wednesday for #funandgames and #dinner with the team. #ireland #Dublin #workcanbefun #loveWhatYouDo #GothamChickInDublin #sightseeingInDublin #castle #castleindublin #beckha
#LookingUp from #lutrellstowncastle on a #sunnydayInDublin. We’ll be back here #Wednesday for #funandgames and #dinner with the team. #ireland #Dublin #workcanbefun #loveWhatYouDo #GothamChickInDublin #sightseeingInDublin #castle #castleindublin #beckha
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC: Looking Up - We always have a grand time visiting here #Washingtondc #smithsoniannationalairandspacemuseum #lookingup #space #nasa #museum
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC: Looking Up – We always have a grand time visiting here #Washingtondc #smithsoniannationalairandspacemuseum #lookingup #space #nasa #museum

Snapshots and Random Thoughts: Another perspective

Over the eve of the Fourth of July holiday when I walked across Bryant Park to take pictures of the installation on the lawn, I snapped some pictures of my side of the park from the end closer to the New York Public Library which is usually the farthest point in my pictures of the park. Not this time.

Glass Canvas: NYC shot from Bryant ParkI actually took this random shot with the installation in the foreground but with a longshot of the building at the back.  I didn’t even realize I captured a rather imposing reflection of the buildings to its left  given the time of day.  (This was taken after 3pm.)  The reflection, of course, changes depending on the weather and the angle of the sun.

Another lucky shot.

I was cleaning up the latest folder of pictures on the memory card of my trusty cam when I realized I hadn’t downloaded this picture yet, nor had I uploaded it to my Flickr account.

It’s a gorgeous canvas considering the green glass was muted by the blue skies.  This is what makes lugging my camera around everyday very rewarding.

Upon reflection I realized, too, that I need to look at different perspectives more than I have been accustomed to.  I, too, am guilty of sometimes being confined to one perspective: that of mine.  I just need a reminder every now and then.  And it makes me realize that others tend to be as “confined” — thinking of their point of view alone, instead of seeing the bigger picture so to speak.

I think I’ll be taking more walks to this side of the park this summer.  I have been meaning to photograph the front of the library, too, since it’s been a while since I last snapped some pictures from that side of the park.  If only the heatwave would let up.

So we chilled at home, Angelo and I.  (Thank God for airconditioning..)  I have been busy with my watercolor brushes.  I completed more backgrounds and actually finished a piece, but I have yet to do the actual journaling.  I L-O-V-E my watercolor pallete!  I stared at my beads and was thinking of working on something but the brushes beckoned instead.  (There is still time to pull something together.. maybe before bed.)

Meanwhile, it’s sushi and sashimi for dinner tonight. Yum!  A perfect way to end a relaxing even if hot weekend..