Markus Hartel became an award-winning photographer when he moved to New York from Germany in 2003. He creates fine-art street photographs from scenes that he discovers on a daily basis.
“My street photographs portray random moments that I come across with my camera. This particular photograph is at 72nd Street and Broadway. The light in the late afternoon was gorgeous, and the reflection in the floor-to-ceiling windows drew my attention. Many of my photographs are commentaries on society and New York culture. This photograph portrays a great deal of layers of time and emotion because, although it’s very busy, with the hustle and bustle of the city and the always apparent energy, the rooftop terrace and wooden water tower overlooking the scene from the bottom right corner give the image a peaceful quality.
Also, the shadow cast over Broadway gives the shot a Gotham feel, and the fact that these water towers are still in use and get maintained regularly shows a historic part of the city. New York is constantly changing. There’s something to discover at every street corner, and the mix of architectural styles show how the city may keep changing in the future.”