For my juxtaposition project I chose to be more meaningful and try to take a photo of something more casual. I just so happened to have taken a picture of two buildings that happen to intersect between each other. One building was roughly rigid, eroded, and looked very old. On the other hand, the other building was more like a common style skyscraper in New York City. The juxtaposition in this picture was the view and perception of what’s considered new and old or ancient and advanced. It’s crazy to think that in a civilization/economy as advanced as New york city is so ancient but also advanced at the same time in the exact same space as each other.
For my juxtaposition project, I chose to be more meaningful and try to take a photo of something more casual. I just so happened to have taken a picture of two buildings that happen to intersect between each other. One building was roughly rigid, eroded, and looked very old. On the other hand, the other building was more like a common style skyscraper in New York City. The juxtaposition in this picture was the view and perception of what’s considered new and old or ancient and advanced. It’s crazy to think that in a civilization/economy as advanced as New York city is so ancient but also advanced at the same time in the exact same space as each other.
Although my juxtaposition photograph may look like two regular buildings that happen to intersect, it is way more than what appears to the naked eye. They have similarities such as that they both have adjusted windows which happened to be organized in the same way. The adjusted windows imply patterns and uniformity within the two. The other similarity is that they both just happen to be in the same proximity, going back to my first point which supports juxtapositions being in a mutual area. Another correlation that these two buildings have in common is that they share the same background. The background is the clouds and the blue sky that alternates between the two. Although the sky and clouds seem to have less importance towards similarities it shows how two different occupying spaces can share a common background that has the power to put them within the same frame. One last similarity that they share is that they both happen to be within the same district or zip code area. Usually, different zip codes come with different house styles and areas. In this zip code area of Brooklyn is more like a Manhattan look alike with all the tall buildings and skyscrapers that usually happen to be big businesses.
On the other hand, the juxtaposition photo that I took has many differences. One major difference is the height difference. Nowadays, New York City is known to be the major city that has a whole bunch of skyscrapers. The difference in height explains the age of the buildings; usually in New York city if a building is smaller it is perceived to be old by the pedestrians unless it’s some kind of store. Also the taller the building, in reference to skyscrapers, the more innovative and new it is perceived to be. Also in the new building, the outside layer of the walls looks very new and clean. It also looks as if the building was made for some kind of professional business. On the other hand, the shorter building is more old and eroded. Signs of erosion on walls usually mean one of two things. Either the building is old or its sanitary condition isn’t up to par like it should or was meant to be. These differences prove my point on how much juxtapositions can be two different concepts but similar things all at once.
Although my juxtapositions have many differences and similarities, the environment that they are in matters also. When I took the photo, the surroundings around me were very urban. First and foremost in order to travel to where my juxtapositions were, you would have had to walk around the block from City Tech until you got towards the bookstore and you would see the two buildings. In terms of sensory experience while I was taking this picture I smelled halal food from the halal cart that just so happened to be on the same sidewalk I was standing on. I imagined a whole herd of people walking in to get some food after a long day’s hard work. In relations to sound, there was a whole bunch of noise coming from the cars that were in traffic and all around me I heard phone calls. Additionally, the middle school kids just so happened to be going home from school and perhaps they were on their way to get lunch. Another thing about my juxtaposition photo is that they both bring the theme of togetherness into play. They bring the theme of togetherness and unity by showing how people with different purposes and careers can all be in one building working towards a common goal or at least a put their efforts together in order to help each other. New York is known to be a bustling and lively city but truth be told it’s only busy due to the fact people have places to be and people to meet, such an advanced city deserves effort, appreciations, and innovations.
In short, juxtapositions just so happens to be around us without us even noticing or really thinking about them. Just like the picture that I happened to take can ensure so many meanings, it brings all things into a new perspective. Many aspects such as locations, sensories, sensations, touch, and many other things happen to be in place. Similarities and differences are what makes my juxtaposition photo meaningful and also inspiring at the same time. The time frame also plays a huge aspect on my points and opinions within the photo, all in all, juxtapositions are all around us and if we were more aware of them then we would learn to appreciate the world a bit more than it actually appears to us as New Yorkers and future visiting tourists.
The way I see Juxtaposition is that there is a lot of things going on in a photo. From the very top of the photo, to the very bottom. To the left and right as well. To me the photo shouldn’t be clearly right away. People should have time to look at the photo adjectively and be able to make their own opinions about the photo. They should think about how a photo shows juxtaposition. For an example I will be showing a picture of a place around Fulton street. I took this picture because there are objects in the picture that takes a lot of empty space in the picture. To me the way this photo shows Juxtaposition is the relationship between a dark tone and a light tone and size comparisons. The photo I took a picture of shows multiple cars at the bottom. A large building on the right and a bunch of smaller buildings on the left. The car at the bottom is dark red color and the rest are a grey color. The red pops out because not only is it a different color then the rest of the cars. It’s also the closest to the camera. Making it appear bigger than the other cars by comparison. On the left side of the photo that I notice was that it has more dark and bland colors than the right side. For example, there is a person the is black silhouette of a man on the bottom left and a grey structure above him. The buildings are also fade towards the back and there roughly the same color as all the other buildings. Another thing I notice on the left side was that there were more trees and street lights.
Now on the right side of the picture was that it has a large building that takes up most of the right side. It has much lighter color compared to left side’s darker tone. This building is what really makes this photo stands out the most. All of the other buildings in compassion aren’t as important. There just there to make the larger building more noticeable. Putting more focus on the building. Just like the photo goes from dark to light when going from left to right, the does the same thing going up and down as well. For an example, there are bright and colorful clouds at the top of the photo. And the more you go to the bottom the photo to get darker, shown by the dark red car and the grey buildings. This adds a lot of contrast and depth to the picture. The beautiful sky above and the dark and boring ground below gives you mixes feelings. At first glance you would think that this is just a parking lot. Nothing special about. But you can some interesting things about this picture. Like how previously stated that there is a relationship between dark tone and light tone. Like the sky is blue but the red cars reflect the sky is grey supporting the dark and light comparison.
Even though there are some differences between the left and the right side of the picture, there are some similarities. Like how they both have cars on both sides, a long chain gate that goes across the picture, they both have a bunch of buildings, and how the cars and the buildings line up with each other, for example the red car is the biggest and the most noticeable car compared to the others. The same goes for the building in the back. The other buildings are smaller and more basic looking then the one on the right. This photo gives somewhat of a urban vibe. The rusty guarders and buildings all the way at the back, a bridge. The construction cones, The dying tree in the middle of the picture, moss next to entrance to the left, a dirty puddle next to the car on the left, etc. The second most noticeable thing in this picture is the black silhouette of a man at the bottom left. Why is he there? Nobody knows. It’s so random. It’s like this guy came back here to where he used to live back when he was a kid. Supporting my claim that this gave a urban vibe.
As the day set, and the class was ready to head out for the field trip to New Lab, I already had in mind of the new juxtaposition I wanted to focus on while working. For the first idea I had was the juxtaposition on buildings or landmarks. I already took pictures of the place I had fixated on, knowing the directions of how to get there and all. I center my eyes on the church details compare to today’s modern ones where its all geometric, glass, metal lines which not one single attribute. I felt like buildings where to easy for me for this project since downtown Brooklyn had a good couple of them all around. I thought of the idea of timeless while the world around it was evolving and moving forward to futuristic designs. I still kept my same thought of that timeless theme, but on a new subject: vintage cars. I wasn’t thinking about the cars that’s been throughout the 70’s to 2010’s. No, I wanted those rare unique ones that isn’t easily spotted in the city. So as soon I walked out those college doors, my journey begins.
I have pay attention to every car parked and on the road while walking with my classmates. I saw one I thought that will be good car, but it was an early 2000’s one that has this dull colors that most New York City has. The irksome dark blue, red, gray, and the classic all black, in which I called them the dying colors of the city, even though its the most popular one. As we got closer to our destination, I still wasn’t able to find a good vintage car. All I keep spotting was deliver trucks, buses with crowds which I personally avoid, motorcycles, and more present- day cars. This was going to be a tough challenge I thought to myself. That finding “the one” was gonna be more harder than I thought and I simply needed pure luck. We have finally arrived to New Lab, which the area itself look like a factory where workers worked at since the early 1900’s. However, it did reminded me of a small town, well actually a ghost town since it felt like the class were the only people there. As we continue to work around, discovering landmarks in the area, walking through what felt like a maze since we had to turn back and redirect ourselves that felt like ages. We were finally on the right path. While working down to a street that felt like a long hallway, the class were broken up in which some where all the way in front with the professors and the rest where midway or back following the rest, my luck has came.While I follow the crowd, I encounter “the one.” Parked between the two regular cars, it was a small bright yellow car that has fail to blend in with the rest. As the area looked boring, that car in this area would have stand out no matter what, even with yellow taxi cabs. The car looked timeless and that’s exactly what I was looking for to all day.
After the picture I took of the yellow vintage car, I saw visual relationship between of the vintage yellow car, and the modern days. You see, vintage are unique and rare in the world, especially in the city. Depending on which vintage you want and the quality, ranges from prices to high or low. Some are more expensive than your everyday car where some were used to own by celebrities who passed away. However, most of the time, depending on the brand or company, they are affordable. Now, the very difference between the two cars, is that the classics have mechanical parts that hard to come by to get replace and isn’t electric. Like some modern day ones so you gonna need a good gallon of oil in case you don’t wanna stop for gas, just like the classics so that is one similarity between the two. Even though from the outside might look nice or lovely, the inside however might have some discomfort. With certain classic cars, they lack of airbags which can leave you in a huge risks of injuries or accidents. No air conditioner also will be missing so you might as well get used opening up your windows for the sweet air on a hot summer day, so in case you do wanna have all the advantages, you can head to the local car store to see if you want to add any adjustments, and independent parts stores for any missing parts or readjustments.
If you are thinking about buying one, better get used to all the attentions since people love to look, stare, and take pictures if they can. It’s also wise to remember that a vintage car isn’t as fun to own if you don’t fully enjoy driving it. If you choose to modify or upgrade, do so wisely and with caution. Upgrade suspension and brakes before making it faster, and try not to chop the wiring harness into an indecipherable mess when you’re adding electronic conveniences. Also an essential tip is that you’re going to develop a very sharp nose for the smells of burning oil, electrical fires, boiling coolant, and unburnt hydrocarbons in your car’s exhaust to ensure the safety of yourself and the care of your car.
For my juxtaposition project i took ann picture of two buildings that happen to intersect between each other. One building was roughly rigid, eroded, and looked very old. On the other hand the other building was more like a common style skyscraper . The juxtaposition in this picture was the view/perception of what’s considered new and old. It’s crazy to think that in a civilization/economy as advanced as New york city is so ancient but also advanced at the same time in the exact same space.
Section 1: Similarities
Although my juxtaposition flick may look like two regular buildings that happen to intersect. It’s way more than than it appears to the naked eye. They have similarities such as that they both have adjusted windows which happened to be organized in the same way. The other similarity is that they both just happen to be on the same space going back to my first point which supports juxtapositions being in a mutual area. Another similarity that these two buildings have in common is that they share the same background. The background is the clouds and the blue sky that alternates the pictures.
Section 2: Differences
On the other hand the juxtaposition photo that I took has many differences. One major difference is the height difference. Nowadays New york city is known to be the major city that has a whole bunch of skyscrapers. The difference in height explains the age of the buildings. Usually in new york city if a building is small it’s usually old unless it’s some kind of store. Also the taller the building (example skyscrapers) the more innovative and new it is. Also in the new building, the outside layer of the walls looks very new and clean. It’s also looks as if the building was made for some kind of professional business. On the other hand the shorter building is more old and eroded. Signs of erosion on walls usually mean one of two things. Either the building is old or its sanitary condition isn’t up to par. These differences prove my point on how much juxtapositions can be two different concepts but similar things.
Section 3: More about juxtapositions
Although my juxtapositions have many differences and similarities, the environment that they are in matters also. When i took that photo the surroundings around me were very urban. First and foremost in order to travel to where my juxtapositions were you had to just walk around the block from city tech until you got towards the bookstore and you would see the two buildings. In terms of sensory experience while I was taking this picture I smelled halal food from the halal cart that just so happened to be on the same sidewalk i was standing on. I imagined a whole herd of people walking in to get some food after a long days hard work. In terms of sound there was a whole bunch of noise comig from the cars tat were in traffic and all around me i heard phone calls. Also the middle school kids just so happened to be going home from school and stuff and maybe probably about to get lunch.
In short juxtapositions just so happens to be around us without us even noticing. Just like the picture I happened to take. It brings all things into may aspects. Many aspects such as locations, sensories, sensations, touch and many other things happen to be in place. Similarities and differences are what makes my juxtaposition photo meaningful. Time frame also plays a huge aspect on my points and opinion within the photo.
The building in the foreground, made possibly in the 1920’s, is forced to assimilate to modern day, plastered with signs and made into a retail store, while a building currently in construction, sits in the background, waiting to be completed. The juxtaposition is time, old against new
This building was constructed during the architectural period known as Art Deco or simply Deco, and is described as “influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism; the bright colors of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes.” ( this is from wikipedia, so i need to change the source). This older building, and the period in which the building was constructed, was known for it’s exterior design, and every building made during that time period are easily visible, yet here we see it’s design partially blocked by signs, hiding the other decorative sculpture like carving behind it, leaving only one visible. To add onto this, just below our Art Deco building, we can see that the first floor was renovated and transformed from a time capsule into an Ann Taylor. (old building with ann taylor and the signs, why not do the whole building? are different floors owned by different people?)(elaborate n stuff) ( and add a quotation, maybe from that ny guy) It appears as though, that instead of modernizing the second floor, they did what they thought would be just as good, and plastered signs outside. But all this does is make its presence more known, it stands out even more( add on ) ( only talk about the tiny building here, compare everything there then move onto the other building) ( maybe you could even compare the art deco to Ann Taylor? for a different section. since it is the bottom half that got updated.) (so it would be building to signs. then building to Ann Taylor. then whole building to new building)
construction: which brings me to my next point, the new (yet unfinished) building in the background, looming over our older building. As i had said earlier, what reason was it that they renovated the first floor, but kept the original design on the upper level, and why not just demolish the entire things, and start over? what did this art deco building have that the newly made building didnt have, or the building that was there prior. It seems as though our shorter building, against it’s signs and first level, in addition to the new building under construction, has been left behind. Left to remain as old as it is, forced to assimilate into modern times by adding in signs, but these attempts are in vain. ( quote in here)( because its still old and i ran out of ideas ) (maybe talk about the skyscraper race, when they really wanted tall buildings, that was when the empire state building was made, and thats when art deco was around in the US, now that skyscrapers are more common the building in the background is taller just cuz)(also separate some points, like the height)
conclusion: (basically the intro, wrap it up)( i have no more ideas)
- “Thousands of people pass that storefront every day, each one haunting the streets of his or her own New York, not one of them seeing the same thing.” From the reading“The Way We Live Now: 11-11-01; Lost and Found” by Colson Whitehead.
- “Upon arriving in New York, he walked from Kennedy Airport to the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel, a journey more perilous than he expected, because it involved a nightmare traverse of expressways with no curbs.” From the reading “A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport” by Charles Mcgrath.
- “If you had known, perhaps you would have stepped behind the counter and shaken everyone’s hand, pulled out the disposable camera and issued posing instructions. But you had no idea. There are unheralded tipping points, a certain number of times that we will unlock the front door of an apartment. At some point you were closer to the last time than you were to the first time, and you didn’t even know it. You didn’t know that each time you passed the threshold you were saying goodbye.” “The Way We Live Now: 11-11-01; Lost and Found” by Colson Whitehead.
- “To an area along the beach in Brooklyn where West End Avenue appears to be a stark line of demarcation between the serene old-immigrant opulence of Manhattan Beach and the teeming new-immigrant enclave of Brighton Beach” Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps Are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt” by
These quotes address the different New York experiences because the article Lost and Found by Colson Whitehead focuses on how New Yorkers tend to take everything for granted in “their New York” which is what they experience on a day to day business. But because we have different experiences like that and the city changes every day no one’s New York is the same as another person’s because someone will always encounter a store and remember it for it selling that product, or functioning for this purpose. Then when the store goes away new tenants or people who live in the neighborhood won’t see it like that but the newly renovated cafe, restaurant etc. This relates to my juxtaposition because the new highrise may have been something else such as a store or an abandoned lot at some point. The quote from A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport” by Charles Mcgrath talks about how people may not be used to walking around New York for the first time or underestimating the time it takes to walk. This could connect to my juxtaposition because people have different experiences walking in New York. If you live farther away from Manhattan I would like to believe that the streets are normally less crowded which may be apart of your New York if you chose to live away from commercial areas. The final quote by Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps Are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt” by
I chose to take a picture of old stores on the front compared to the clearer residential buildings in the back. What’s striking is that they kept the stores the same which might make me think that the store owners may have kept their exterior the same because of nostalgia reasons or they simply didn’t have the funds or right to renovate their storefront. The story I could imagine from this is that people were attracted to how New York’s shops are so close together and wanted to live closer to the street with a variety of shops. However, the existing apartment buildings were too old thus they needed to create a highrise to meet with the demand of new tenants. If I had to do some research on this project I may look up if the owner is currently occupying the building, when it was created and if they own rights and responsibility for these stores. I could also see when the highrise was created and if possible see an image of how the daily life on that street looked. If it seemed lively then I could perhaps conclude that it was an attraction to live there at some point.
The story that I decided to work on is “Here Poverty and Privilege are Neighbors; Income Gaps are a Source of Resentment and Guilt by Janny Scott because the word poverty was the first phrase that my eyes first caught before reading through the stories. Every single day I see many homeless people roaming around the streets and I always wonder how did they ended up into this mess and as a New Yorker, I believe it’s important for me to know about the issues between society and poverty and why are there people falling behind our backs. My expectations though this article will probably be the problem of the the populations and high income tax, it makes sense to put these reasons for the cause of poverty because it could be difficult for people to find available rents homes or apartments and income taxes are very high on these days now. For instances, in New York City, there are millions of buildings and/ or other facilities surrounding the city and most of them are unavailable rent for the cause of the dramatic increase of the population and the income taxes rapidly increasing and for some cannot catch up and they end up bankrupt leading to poverty for themselves. It would also be great what New Yorkers think about other people from different states or foreign people.