Central Contrast

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© Joshua Ball
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During my recent trip to New York, I traveled to Central Park just as it was getting dark. As I often did on this trip, I read the subway map wrong and ended up on the wrong corner of the park. Since I really didn’t have a plan, I didn’t mind the mistake. I spent over an hour just wandering around and shooting the freshly fallen snow which gave a very surreal feeling to the entire scene.

As I ventured further into the park, I came across a group of twenty-plus people partaking in a rather large snowball fight. I observed them for a few minutes and noticed that they were pelting every bystander that happened to cross their path. Loaded up with photography equipment, I thought that it might be in my best interest to turn back. After all, I didn’t want to go too far into the park at night and alone. When I turned around to start my return journey I immediately noticed how striking the scenery was. The buildings in the background seemed to flawlessly mesh together with the trees and pond in the foreground. The scene just looked “right” and I had to stop to shoot it.

One of the major conflicts in literature is “Man vs Nature.” As a photographer, I love to find contrasting images where nature blends together with man-made objects. There is something about this duality that interests me. When I shot this photo, that contrast is exactly what I had in mind. From the reflection of the buildings in the water to the artificial light streaming through the trees, this image embodies that ongoing conflict between man and nature.

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