There are things in our lives which we feel strangely connected to, perhaps it's fashion from a certain point in history or vistas in another city, or we might favor certain arts and sports while considering others to be boring. We know it when we see it because it enchants and fascinates us like a lover we can't take our eyes off of. For me, certain styles of architecture and design make me swoon, especially when it's evident that a great deal of consideration was put not just into the function of a space or fixture, but into the aesthetic quality and craftsmanship as well. Grand Central has it all for me- a public palace full of smart design and artisan indulgence with no detail left unconsidered.
|Chandelier embellishments of acorns and leaves created by Parisian sculptor Sylvain Saliéres to represent the Vanderbuilt family crest|
technical detail: iso 800, 38mm, f/9.0, 1/60s, handheld, ambient light
The lights of Grand Central are particularly iconic, from the finely crafted chandeliers to the planetarium-style painted ceiling with tiny lights representing stars, not only serving a function, but also becoming their own visual works of art that act as fine jewelry and a special embroidered scarf over an exquisitely tailored dress. With so much detail, it's a luxury to find yourself stopping just to stare at the ceiling while everyone whizzes by you to catch their next connection.
|Bronze chandeliers created by Sterling Bronze Company|
technical detail: iso 800, 24mm, f/14, 1/8s, handheld, ambient light
|Sky ceiling painted by French artist Paul Helleu, friend of architect Whitney Warren as a budget replacement for skylights|
technical photo detail: iso 800, 25mm, f/5.6, 1/4s, handheld, ambient light