All images by Darran Rees. Used with permission.
A vibrant metropolis famous for its many faces, moods, and scenes, New York City is certainly one of the most photographed spots across the globe. In his set, titled The HighLine NYC, London-based Darran Rees showcases the dreamy beauty of The Big Apple as it was shrouded in fog during his stay a few years back.
One early morning in 2014, Darran woke up to see Manhattan enveloped in a dense fog. Finding the sight an interesting subject for testing out the then-new compact Lumix GX7, he set out to explore the misty streets of New York City’s High Line walk. Spending two freezing hours in the early light was pretty rewarding, he said, and his snaps definitely show that he did well to head out quickly.
It was the right choice to capture the city that early, for he ended up with a series that shows a New York City waking up slowly amidst the cold. We often see the metropolis in its hustle and bustle, with all the vibrant activity that has earned it the nickname, “The City that Never Sleeps.” Darran’s set, therefore, offers an interesting series of “rare and seldom seen views of Manhattan.”
Instead of busy streets and sidewalks filled with people making their way around town, we see a more relaxed New York City made dreamy by the fog. It’s as if we’re looking at a different city, where a sleepy atmosphere pervades in place of the activity we typically see in many NYC street photographs. If you’re wondering what the fast-paced city would look like when it slows down, this set gives you a good idea.