SKYLINE SNAP: A beautiful retro snapshot of possibly the world’s most beloved skyline, viewed by three very dapper individuals, all dressed to the nines in plaids or stripes, shielding themselves from the rain with umbrellas as they look on over the river to the Empire State.
Rodney Smith’s image ‘Skyline’ was published in 1995 for The New York Times Magazine. The four models pictured here were shot on a barge on the Hudson River, which gave Smith the perfect viewpoint of the Twin Towers. It started to rain and although certain members of the crew questioned whether they should go on, Smith felt that the weather was an asset to the picture and went ahead to capture this beautiful moment.
He comments that whilst the image has been purchased by people all over the world, no one in New York has bought it since 9-11, alluding to the idea that this image harkens back to an event that is all still too real to them. Which I totally empathize with. It adds an eerie edge to a beautiful image that is jovial otherwise.
A depiction of a major city caught in the rain and admired by individuals of all generations. It certainly depicts one of my pastimes and speaks to me.
This image was sourced from Rodney Smith’s official website.