Divide, New York, NY, 2014 2756526AP

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  • In Prints: Print
  • Subject Type: Signed

An aerial perspective looking south on Central Park West, juxtaposing the architecture of the city and the natural beauty of Central Park.

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Divide: Artist Proof


Kayte Dolmatch

I have a dear friend that lives in NYC and I try to visit every 12-18 months. I had gone on this trip for my 27th Birthday (Nov 6, 2014) and I was staying with my friend on the Upper East Side. The company I chartered with was based in Linden New Jersey and I took the subway from the Upper East Side down to Penn Station where I caught a train into NJ and from there took a taxi to the airport so that I could be flown in the helicopter back over Manhattan where I had just come from. I discussed the main areas I wanted to fly over with my Pilot, a very nice young man named Michael, and we created the general flight path.

The timeslot I had picked was supposed to align with a sunset flight, however it was incredibly overcast and there was no sunset. Although this disappointed me at the time, this was actually a stroke of luck as it made for some great visuals. I had Central Park on my flight path (this was before the TTR no fly zone) approaching from the east side and then going west – and that is when Central Park West really caught my eye. I took some rapid-fire shots of that sight line. Since it was overcast, I had to increase the IOS a bit to allow for a faster shutter – fast shutters are key for this as you’re constantly moving and it can be hard to steady yourself in the vibrating helicopter. I did take other images of Central Park from a higher elevation and more comprehensive view- Divide is the image that really highlights that sight line created by Central Park West at a more intimate vantage point.

The division of Central Park’s saturated foliage and Manhattan’s incredible architecture is comprehended in an entirely different way in this bird’s-eye view. Aerial photography offers a wondrous change in perspective, evoking new emotions from the views seen on foot. I captured this on my first helicopter flight over Manhattan, a birthday gift I’ll never forget!I've always loved looking at National Geographic photos, attempting to draw and paint the animals from the images I’ve seen. It became a life goal to achieve the quality of work I’ve seen in the magazines, as well as experience a moment worth freezing in time for the world to see.  

Awards and Publications:

National Geographic Greatest Landscapes: Stunning Photographs That Inspire and AstonishOctober 25, 2016 p. 256/257 

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 Contest, Honorable Mention, Cities 

LOCATION: New York, New York


MEDIUM: Chromogenic Print


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