Photographer's Note

Oculus Reflections

Time to return to New York to complete the 2018 travelogue.

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, better known as the Oculus, is undoubtedly one of the most photographed buildings in the world and it is certainly the building that I have taken the most photos of. Hundreds were added in 2018 because during our visit to NY we passed the Path station twice a day and the circumstances kept changing. Morning light-evening light, busy-less busy and there are always a new POV’s to discover.

The theme of this series is REFLECTIONS

■ Picture 1: ◄ Graphic reflection. ►

I chose this photo as the main photo because of the serene graphic, semi-abstract image.
The reflecting surface is divided into a number of rectangles of different sizes. At the bottom the white Phoenix rises from the darkness of the earth. At the top left some red light shines through the glass. In the distance, the silhouette of a building with a green roof looming out of the blue sky. The American flag completes the composition.

■ Picture 2: ◄ Curious reflection ►

Yellow dominates in this confusing composition that is made up of different layers. The photo was taken from the outside to the inside though the semi-reflective glass of the side wall.
We see the floor of the large hall where several people walk. The vertical Oculus construction that we see is the facade on the other side of the hall. The transparent mirroring creates the confusion and brings the abstraction into the picture. On the left we see the photographer. Great because it is fairly close to the glass. Lars is standing next to him. Much smaller because he is further back. There is a car in front of the bright yellow of the mural. Above that the reflection of the buildings on the other side of the square. The bright sunlight intensifies the yellow colour.

■ Picture 3: ◄ Traditional reflection►

The most traditional photo of the three. The facade of the Hilton with the reflection of the main entrance of the Oculus will have been photographed by many.
Here the interaction of the mirror and the audience is the main subject of the photo.
A number of people look at or photograph the building that we see behind their backs as if they are looking in the wrong direction.

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5620 W: 329 N: 10884] (42652)
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