I moved the New York in the summer of 2005 and I had been interested in urban exploration photography for some time before that. New York had so much to off for me but the first thing I wanted to see was the High Line on the west side of Manhattan. At that time it was still a hulking abandoned relic hiding in plain sight. A few initial attempts were made but all ended in failure of getting up to the tracks. On a warm November day I tired again. While walking into the truck lot across the street from the
Javits Center I noticed a couple who were following me. When we got across the lot and onto the tracks that lead up to the High Line I turned to talk with them. The man had grown up in the area and had visited the High Line many times in his youth. That day he was bringing his girlfriend along because she had never seen it. As an urban explorer I wasn’t really used to running into people while exploring so I let them wander off ahead of me while I tried to document and take in the incredeble natural landscape which floated through the city.
At the time I was actually dismayed that these people were in my photographs; after all the point of urban exploration is to go where there are no people. It wasn’t until years later when the amazing High Line park opened and this once tranquil preserve became a world attraction, flooded daily with people, that I realized how lucky I was to capture that moment. These two people, out in the alien zone above the city, all alone, represent our spirit of adventure and discovery
More images can be found on the Flickr page.
Now for sale at society6, these hauntingly beautiful prints from Urban Exploration New York: A Walk on the High Line depict the famous High Line as it was before it was transformed into the amazing park it is today. Weeds and trash strewn about, graffiti tags lining the walls. Take a walk back in time. These prints will look great hanging on your wall or going with you with your iPhone!
These prints are available as the following products:
- Fine art print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.
- Framed fine art print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality.
- Fine art print on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2″ deep wood stretcher bars. Includes wall hanging hardware.
- iPhone Case: Protect your iPhone (fits all iPhone 4 and 4S versions) with a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case featuring an extremely slim profile. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone for solid protection and direct access to all device features.
- iPhone, iPad Skins and Laptop: Skins are thin, easy-to-remove, vinyl decals for customizing your device. Skins are made from a patented material that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles for easy application.
Prints are available at my Society6 page, http://society6.com/vanshnookenraggen/