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My Snowpocalypse 2009 | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

My Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

Snow is one of those things that people can take for granted very quickly when it’s abundant, especially if you live in Canada. When I moved to New York I just sort of assumed there would be snow. Where I’m from it’s not unusual to see the white stuff by Halloween only to melt in late April. While here it’s been a nice to have a much shorter season of winter in NYC, but it never seems to snow that much, and if it does it doesn’t stick for too long. That’s why I really try to take advantage of the city when it get’s blanketed with the white stuff. Last March I described how the city opens up when there’s snow everywhere.

This year the snow came early, and it was even better because it was before Christmas. I don’t think I’ve had a white Christmas here yet. Before the snow really came down on Saturday night I was wondering what all the hype about a Nor’easter was for. There was a bit of snow coming down but nothing excessive. This post from Gothamist got it right “And New Yorkers are impatient to see some snow insanity”. The snow around 8 pm really started to kick in so I headed out with my camera to see what was going on.

New York has so many faces to it, not just the people but the entire environment. A person can look at the same building everyday and it’s going to look slightly different because of the time, the surrounding weather and because of the mood of the people down below. Plus there’s proximity. Being up close is a lot different from seeing the building from an airplane or tv, walking south instead of north reveals different angles. Because of that I never get tired of looking at some of those more well known images of the city, especially when the weather goes crazy. While Snowpocalypse 2009 was going on, I settled for a route that I could maximize with my time walking. I started in the 30’s and moved north past the mid 40’s and came back down. One of my favourite routes to walk Madison is to take her on Park ave. and head north until I hit Grand Central Station. There’s a bridge that shoots out of the building that creates some really great space above and below ground. So I took that as my starting point with the snow storm and walked around that area. After that I was curious to see what was going on around Times Square because of all the lights. It’s not somewhere that I go that often but once in while on a night when there’s a storm it’s warranted to see. As my first image above shows it didn’t disappoint.

By the time I got back to my apartment things were in near white out conditions. If I had left any later when I first started I don’t think I would have been able to capture many of the images I did. It’s sort of amazing that there was a short period of time where things were perfect and I managed to jump through that window. There’s another thing about New York, you can never take things for granted that they’ll be around for a second time. Things move so quickly, not just the streets but the weather too.

And here’s some images of the aftermath…

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  • paulopereira

    Beautiful shots of the snow at night. Love the blurry look of all the lights.
    Was that taken with the iphone? If so was there a specific app you used?

    I really like the look of it.
    -Paulo

  • anaandjelic

    These are some quite awesome photos!

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    Thanks! I shot all of them actually from my leica d-lux three with no photoshop work. What you see is what you get.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    Merci, did you have fun throwing snowballs : )

  • mrylander

    I love these shots, Michael. Nice work!

  • hazeliz

    AMAZING pics Michael!!! great post too 🙂