Photographing Grand Central

I had reason to travel through Grand Central Terminal recently. I’ve written before about my love for Grand Central, so once I knew I was going to be passing through, I made sure to have my camera handy. On the way, I captured some fun images of the Chrysler building relected in the windows of a neighbouring skyscraper, and one of the most tantalising doorways I have ever seen. It made me feel a bit like Hans Christian Andersen’s little match girl, standing outside in the cold morning air, wondering at the world beyond those doors.

I longed to waft fabulously through these doors, but wasn't dressed for the occasion

Upon reaching Grand Central, I spent some time photographing the exterior – I am usually rushing and end up only getting photos of the interior. The Hermes statue adorning the rooftop looked particularly impressive in the early morning light.

It was very early in the morning, so the cavernous hallways were almost empty when I first arrived. A father holding his son’s hand created a lovely image as they wandered alone under an arching bridge towards the main concourse.

As I entered the main concourse, I wandered around looking for something new that I hadn’t seen before in this lovely terminal. Early morning commuters were beginning to arrive, so I climbed the stairs to get out of the way of rush hour. Just as I turned to survey the concourse from the top of the steps, a man came to a standstill, then dropped down close to the ground in front of the clock, camera in hand, trying to get a shot of the ceiling. It was such a contrast to the busy commuters rushing past, I felt compelled to photograph it.  As the concourse filled with people rushing by, I started to pick out the occasional person standing stock still, camera in hand, trying to capture a little of the beauty of the place. I got so caught up photographing the photographers, I almost missed my train. Now, I wonder who was photographing me while I was photographing these guys?

This was the photo that started it all

Neither of these guys had any idea the other one was behind him

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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9 Responses to Photographing Grand Central

  1. Very nice series. And good to see that photographing in there is well tolerated (by security folk, I mean..)

    • ailsapm says:

      I’m sure they’re well used to it by now. They have so many tourists passing through it would require a full time task force to intervene and stop the happy snappers!

  2. cmrue says:

    Loved this post! I went to Grand Central for the very first time a couple of weeks ago, and was in awe of all the photo opportunities – what a beautiful space. I wasn’t even traveling through, just stopped in for some shots 🙂

  3. First I was jealous of all the amazing building shots ( that second on is so striking) then you go into the story with all the photographers. Love the way the people fit into the architecture of the 4th and 5th from the end. Playful and Delightful.

    • ailsapm says:

      I think the doorway is my favourite too. I had so much fun spotting the photographers and waiting for the right moments, glad you enjoyed the end result. x

  4. you are not alone, making photos there! thanks for your funny series!

    • ailsapm says:

      I had so much fun, I’m glad you enjoyed them. There were so many people photographing the terminal, if it hadn’t been for the fact that I had to catch my train, I might well still be there taking pictures of them! 🙂

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