City Guardian

City Guardian

Limited Edition

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New York, New York
Shooting the most amazing city in the world was a huge challenge. I wanted to capture its heart and soul. To do this, a heavy thought process was planned on when and where to shoot. I wanted to avoid all the typical tourist vantage points and public lookouts. This was no easy task. Gaining special VIP roof access was nearly impossible, especially to probably the most iconic art deco building in this world, the Chrysler building! I needed a connection. It was the only way. A good friend of mine in the banking hierarchy said he’d make a few calls. This was my last hope. I had been hung up on, sent directly to voice mail and physically told to not go anywhere near the building.Then finally, I got the call – “Meet you in security in one hour”. This was it!

We cleared Chrysler security and two chiefs of security escorted me up in the warehouse lift. When the lift door opened, I was blown away. Those famous gargoyles right in front of me. Touching them was such an amazing experience. I was on sensory overload, but knew I had to get the shot. Twilight rapidly approached and I set up the angle of a birds view looking downtown.  It was like a guardian looking downtown perched up on the balcony of this magical place. The vibe was amazing. Seeing the city from this angle is extremely rare since no one is allowed up there. I pressed the shutter and felt so privileged to capture such an iconic image.

45 Artist Proof / 950 Limited Edition

City Guardian