From the dawn of photography, New York has served as muse to everyone from Berenice Abbott to Weegee. After more than a century, can the city continue to sustain new viewpoints? Can there really be more discoveries to be made? It only takes one look at Joseph O. Holmes' Columbus Circle to see that the answer is a resounding yes.
Holmes's Columbus Circle perfectly captures everything that makes New York such a fascinating subject. In the distance, the iconic skyline, constantly changing but invariably recognizable; in the middle, the unexpected slice of nature that is Central Park; in the foreground, the reason the city continues to thrive and fascinate—its people. And implied is one more layer: ourselves, taking it all in.
In an interview on PetaPixel, Holmes describes the unexpected way Columbus Circle came about:
"I was once invited to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade from the enormous windows of Jazz at Lincoln Center, five stories above Columbus Circle, and I thought I’d take the most amazing photos. But after an hour up there, I couldn’t get a single interesting shot. It just wasn’t happening. I finally gave up, put away my camera, and sat down, only to look up and see what I’d been missing the whole time: across the room, against the windows was a row of silhouettes apparently looking out over the late autumn leaves of Central Park. The scene had nothing whatsoever to do with a parade. And so I got out my camera and took what became one of my favorite shots."
This ability to make us aware of what is right in front of us is what makes Joseph O. Holmes' vision so special. We are big fans of his work—this is his 27th print for 20x200—and as art-loving New Yorkers, we look forward to more.
With art for everyone,
Giovanni Garcia-Fenech + Team 20x200