C U R R E N T E X H I B I T I O N
Arthur Nager : Central Park
October 12, 2018 - November 16, 2018
ilon Art Gallery
204 West 123rd Street, Harlem NY
October 12, 2018 from 6-9pm
The photographs in this collection were made during visits to Central Park from 2011 to 2018. Living in NYC during this period enabled me to explore the park and record my impressions through each of the 4 seasons. Early morning trips and inclement weather created the opportunity to capture the landscape devoid of the visitors who would appear each day. Sunny days filled the park with runners, bikers, tourists and residents seeking refuge from the noise and in the summer the heat of the city.
Central Park is clearly one of the most photographed locations in the world. Tourist photographs and cell phone images have captured each vista and monument, making it a challenge to reveal something new. I approached my visits to the park without a plan, or preconceived notion of what I hoped to capture. I responded to the landscape and how it was defined by the changing light and the urban backdrop that borders the park. I looked for compelling views and unique encounters that I felt would make successful photographs, regardless of the location where taken.
It was only in retrospect that I realized that this visual diary, made over the years, had revealed the diversity of the landscape through the seasons along with the impact of significant urban development. If I have succeeded, this selection of photographs will bring to life my vision of Central Park and the many ways the park enhances the quality of city life. -Arthur Nager