The Christmas season in New York is nothing if not spectacular. Go big or go home seems to be the predominant theme in decorating, particularly on 5th and 6th Avenues from midtown to Central Park South. Cartier gift-wraps its entire 5th Avenue building in a red ribbon and a bow, and of course everyone knows about the tree at Rockefeller Center.
The decorations, glamorous and over the top as they may be, are difficult to photograph. Or at least, to photograph well. One problem is the throngs of tourists which make almost every shot a comedy or tragedy, depending on your point of view. The other is the scope. It’s difficult, within the confines of a city block, to capture the scope of many of the decorations in a way that will read in a photo. (Unless of course you have a large frame camera and access to upper floors or rooftops, in which case maybe it’s not so difficult.)
Yesterday Ben & I walked over to 6th Avenue to try and capture some of my perennial favorites. The results were mixed, and it was only after applying a dose of “LoFi” filters that I got something close to my mind’s eye view.
When you see these on 6th Avenue, Christmas is near.