Adam Garelick Captures the Electric Energy of NYC Without People

Photographer Adam Garelick works solely in black and white to capture the unique liveliness and energy of New York City. His cityscapes are filled with strong contrast, rich textures, shapes, patterns, and the bright lights of the Big Apple that “document the visual richness of a city that [he is] fortunate to call home.” His work ranges from wide city views to small, subtle details and large, recognizable landmarks that are exclusive to New York City.

Garelick uses film and develops each negative by hand with very minimal post-processing. He rarely includes human figures in his compositions and, in doing so, presents a city that seems quiet and empty. However, the light trails of moving cars as well as the thousands of windows suggest the presence of bustling urban life hidden behind the darkness of night.

The artist says, “I've had the chance to explore Manhattan and all of its electric energy. But now, I try to capture what lies beneath the energy. That's why most of my cityscapes are devoid of people. I try to capture moments of solitude. And they exist, even here.”

Adam Garelick's website
via [Feature Shoot], [Explore Create Repeat]

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