Times Square: The Characters, Dramas and Encounters of the Square

Times Square: The Characters, Dramas and Encounters of the Square

Photography by:  John Aron, NYC

Times Square is an ongoing project by John Aron, a photographer who lives near Times Square/Hell’s Kitchen.  Aron uses both traditional and modern techniques to achieve his goal of narrowing the focus of his black and white photographs in order to show what is most important in the scene.  Monochrome seems well-suited to the city; New York City is best described in black and white, which captures it in a way that’s simply more dramatic, perhaps romantic.

The infatuation of photographers with Times Square must be almost as old as the square itself, and no wonder.  It’s been the perfect place for the dramas and encounters that make great pictures, whether in the happy honky-tonk of the area’s glamorous days, decades ago when the neon lights really were the brightest on Broadway, or more recently when squalor and crime overtook the area and the facades of the great theaters of the 1890’s along 42nd Street disappeared behind porn parlor marquees.

Presented here are a number of John Aron’s striking photographs of people in Times Square, a slide show of his works and two short videos.

Moving People: The Rat Race in Times Square

A Slide Show: Times Square/The Characters, Dramas and Encounters of the Square

(Please Click on the Above Image to View Slide Show)

The Characters and Hard Times of Times Square

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Starless Night: A Cat, a Dog and the Disappearing Stars

Starless Night: A Cat, a Dog and the Disappearing Stars

Starless Night is a beautiful, inspiring 2-1/2 min. animated short film by Spanish filmmaker Carl Luc Campbell.  This “tradigital” animation is about a cat, a dog and a long sleepless night.  It tells the story of  a cat who’s in love with the stars and becomes very sad when they suddenly disappear one night.  Fortunately, her canine friend comes up with a plan to make the night sky shine for her once more.  Even dogs and cats can find a way to help each other out on a starless night.  Sweet.

Starless Night: A Cat, a Dog and the Disappearing Stars

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