My interest in Photography is an outgrowth of my interest in Architecture and Urbanism and my life-long love of my native metropolis, New York City.
While it has been said that architecture is frozen music, my photographs demonstrate that in a city, it is not the individual buildings, but the urban context, which most closely resembles music. The layering of the buildings creates an overall ‘ensemble’ of varied man-made elements played against the natural ones.
The New York City Subway Series of photographs grew out of my realization that these vast underground spaces are dramatic architectural statements. These underground spaces are largely defined by their structural elements, which have a wonderful geometric purity about them, when viewed abstractly.
Taken together, my photographic work is an examination of the architecture of the urban environment. The black and white film gives the pieces timelessness.
Alan is a principal of the full-service architecture and design firm Alan Gaynor + Company.