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Post Office
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Copyright: Adam Silverman (adam) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 434 W: 38 N: 32] (860)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1999-12
Camera: Canon A2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Stairways to Heaven, Anonymous land, Beautiful Black and White, My Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2002-10-08 6:58
Viewed: 13492
Favorites: 31 [view]
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Japanese]
A cold winter day at the main post office in Manhattan.
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This is a captivating photo. The parallel lines, the solitary figure & the sepia tone. Very nice. I never would have guessed that this was in the USA.

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  • sam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 0 N: 64] (897)
  • [2002-10-10 13:09]
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I think this is one of the best images you have posted. I like the sparse, linear elements in both the horizontal and vertical plane. It helps that you have cropped out any distracting architectural details besides the basic repeating elements. The man adds scale and context.

I realize that this is a street shot, but I think the image could have be improved by a longer focal length to really compress the perspective.

That's some Post Office!
The photo works really well in sepia. It adds to the 'cold' feeling. The repeating patterns of the pillars and steps add a dynamic touch. If I'd have changed it at all, I'd probably have tried to drop the banister and man down to the bottom right third (rule of thirds). That way the banister would lead the eye into the photo. This may well have meant unwanted elements would have entered the frame though, or the balance between the pillars and steps might have been lost too.

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  • JipArt (5)
  • [2002-10-11 17:08]

I love this photo. I walk past this area all the time and it's almost impossible to focus on a small area such as this, so it's a new perspective for me. I think the angles are fantastic. The man walking through a wave of horizontal stairs to his destination, those immense vertical columns. Great Shot.

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  • Riod Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 14] (208)
  • [2002-10-14 21:01]

The lines of the steps, the curvature of the columns and the lines of the columns are interesting. The man on the steps accents the emense size of the building. Veryinteresting

Excellent vision and execution of capturing lines and shapes.

Wow, one of the best shots I've seen on this site to date. Great lines. If I wouldn't have known that it was a post office, the image could have symbolized an idividual having to take on 'the system' or the bureaucry.

I like this photo because of the strong lines.

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  • Skorj Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 399 W: 12 N: 1] (581)
  • [2002-12-08 7:55]


Love all these lines in soft sepia. Great balance... Beautiful !

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  • Amos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 0 N: 14] (683)
  • [2003-03-01 22:00]

A very good angel & perspective and the scaling make the building looked huge

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  • adamcl (61)
  • [2003-03-04 4:24]

Like this a lot. Sepia works perfectly.

Great shot! Strong horisontal lines leading the eyes to the man, which in turn "connects" to the vertical lines of the pillars.

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  • clapox Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 36] (2771)
  • [2003-03-20 17:06]

Great shot!
I like the lines of the steps.

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  • Nights (0)
  • [2003-03-21 6:03]

I am not the first (and nor the last) to say it; this photography is brilliant... Environment, composition, style... All is there! And especially the best... Congratulations!

Je ne suis pas le premier (et ni le dernier) ŕ le dire ; cette photographie et génial... Ambiance, composition, style... Tous y est ! Et surtout le meilleur... Félicitations !

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  • ornis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 569 W: 268 N: 69] (1271)
  • [2003-03-21 17:34]

What a beautiful organisation of pure greyish lines, emphasizing the impression of a cold day. The man climbing adds the necessary human heat to this strict and beautiful shot.

its beautiful, the perspective is simply great....

So... it is great picture!!!

Incredible...just incredible. Can't get better than this. Love the colors, the perspective and everything else as a matter of fact. Job very well done on this one, Adam. Your best work.

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  • dovi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 386 W: 84 N: 33] (1068)
  • [2003-05-19 8:31]

All was said , I can feel the cold wethear (on a hot day like today it's really great...) I also like the color that gives the feeling of an old photo!

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  • ste Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 10] (872)
  • [2003-08-16 10:39]

very good shot!
j'aime ces colonnes imposantes et cet homme tout petit symbolisant ŕ mon sens le pouvoir de l'administration face ŕ l'individu

Nice DOF and a subject to make it dynamic too.

  • Edwin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 831 W: 374 N: 26] (188)
  • [2003-10-22 9:25]

The sepia and the grainish touch positively contributes to how your returned this picture. Composition-wise I truly like how one area filled with the diagonals from the steps distinguishes from the area that consists of the verticals from the pilars. Very appealing repetition of elements as well. My 6 out 5 ;-)

beautiful empty space

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  • Ebbe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2539 W: 732 N: 1910] (9625)
  • [2003-11-06 7:58]

Many buildings are made extra big just to show of power and make us feel small and humble. This fact is a major asset when taking pictures in urban enviroment. Your picture is an excellent example and you used the diagonals well.

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  • greg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 639 W: 306 N: 97] (2835)
  • [2003-11-24 12:03]

Like everyone else, I like this picture a lot. It works well because of the highly contrasting figure on the simple, but very pleasing, background. It would also work nicely in a square crop from the right, I think.

wow! hadn't seen this one before... what subtile colors!! The lines, your angle, composition... just perfect!

a gem here! fantastic composition, balance of lines, colors, mood. a piece of art in its simplicity.
2 smileys.

the contrast of horizental stairs & vertical colunms works perfect,
the matter that they have the same color has made the shot even " stronger"
very unique idea...

Powerful shot. With Sepia tone and that one man running up the steps really show the magnificence of the architecture. It also portrait a cold feeling. Ever wondered if you convert to true B&W and add some grain to it?

Superb... all the system which returns human so small... the so ridiculous one....

Good DOF and composition. The perpendicular columns and the diagonal stairs make this a study in geometry and perspective. The olne figure adds depth. Great shot!

Tres beau cette symbiose entre horizontalité et verticalité,le noir et blanc permet d'autant plus cette transition.Le personnage,pressé il parait, se retrouve anonyme sur ce tableau;on ignore donc tout de lui,il devient le centre d'intéret car il interpelle sur son existence,peut etre la notre.Bravo Adam.Phil

Verticals, diagonals and perpendiculars, with a subject thrown in for a good measure.

Nice one Adam.


Vic, Singapore.

Very nice composition with great sepia tones and good lighting! Very nice!

I really like the composition of this one and b&w was definitly a good idea. The contrast is just enough to bring out the patterns of the lines. The lines just makes a great composition for this shot.
Excellent toning!

I like this composition. I like the way we can see older postings on the front page.
This is a very well composed image.In fact it's great, thanks to this guy walking up the stairs.

I like the sepia tone. It gives the composition timeless effect. I like how the stairs/horizontal lines leads you to the man. However, I'm not a big fan of the title though. Excellent job. Definitely a favorite.

Just discovered this Adam - this is just great - the overpowering grandeur and heaviness of the building demanding it's intake of humans to keep the wheels that made it grinding - the cold atmosphere emphasised by the bleakness of it and the guy running actually made me shiver. Nice toning, good observation for the moment, a fine photo!

Amazing shot and good color! favorite one..!

superb picture! A good POV to show this gigantic building.

Wonderful photo that really stood out in the gallery! What a fantastic and unique POV, with great perspective and effect added by the man you've captured walking. Good lines and nice in the sepia tones!

Renk tonları ve grafiksel özellikleri ile nefis bir fotoğraf. Bravo.

Hi Adam
How simple can a succesful picture be: great compo and POV and DOF. And I like the colourmode and that lonely man and all those pillars. great job.
< Greetings Albrecht >

Very good grapichal photo.
I think "sephia" color is right decision.

Impressive composition, I like this man in this graphical environnement! It's great :)

Some will say I am licking ass here, but this picture IS indeed marvalous!
Realy good DOF and details, and good timing with the guy going up the stairs!
PS - I still dont forget your help!

Very well composed! Nothing to say. Thanks.

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  • Sp7 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (183)
  • [2005-11-19 13:15]

A wonderful scenery. I like this photo. It was a good choice that you made it in sepia. The lines of the steps guide you to the man. Brilliant!

New York Post Office... good job! This building is really interesting to photograph, possesss wonderful details. The sepia and the man had given a pretty image.

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  • drago Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 154 N: 802] (4832)
  • [2006-03-26 11:17]

Adam very nice photo,it reminds me of linear drawings...and the sepia tones fits perfect.The idea of "walking man"...clever!!!

this is a really cool and seductive shot. it really draws you into the linear aspect of the image. excellent job adam.

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  • elBud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 40 N: 161] (2237)
  • [2006-04-16 15:51]

Adam, great picture, great sepia tone, i love the way u take this one, great composition.

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  • david Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 378 W: 269 N: 633] (3992)
  • [2006-04-26 3:35]

this was on the front page of TE and it drew my attention. i like the sepia tones and the varying angles. the man makes the shot much more intriguing.

nice shot, except for the lack of a decent photographer's note. i'd like to know more about the shot ... especially since there's no exif info.

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  • jkos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 114] (981)
  • [2006-05-10 8:45]

Great graphic shot, very nice in sepia.

This picture gives a strange impression with al these lines and that man all alone!

I really like it!

Never thought of going on your account before. In fact, I didn't know you had one. Just believed you were some kind of VIP in a big office, spending all your time answering people's questions or checking on their postings.
I had admired this picture long before I was a member? And It sruck me, because we went there on our visit to NY, to send our postcards.
I really like the perspective of the photo, the beige colour that makes it look like an old-fashioned picture.
Thank you once again for this great site.
Marie Louise.

Hi adam
I like the liners of with picture with man only

Dear adam
I'm very late to see this your amazing stunning picture with great graphic lines wonderful sepia tone and the man's figure in really breathtaking perspective. Giant work and highly best achievement photo. Thanks for sharing with us. ihsan

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  • LEA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 6 N: 347] (4996)
  • [2007-10-15 8:44]

Excellent vision and execution of capturing lines and shapes

Impressive repetition of vertical and horizontal lines and tones.You have really caught extraordinary out of the ordinary.

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  • aphro Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 40] (135)
  • [2008-11-12 3:53]

Hello Adam,

it is beautiful photo, I like the point of view
and the colouring is one of a historical place.

thank you for this photograph,

The sense of scale that it portray is simply astonishing, it's even composed so beautifully and the sepia finish just makes it even more dramatic.

Wow Adam,

This picture looks amazing. The framing looks as if this building, stairs and pillars, go to infinity in both directions. The man climbing the stairs gives the viewer the idea of grandiosity to it.


Very well seen,Adam
With the man at the right end, this photo would look very different.

This is a piece of Trek Earth history - the first picture! Cool! great photo! and thanks for this site


so much powerful rhythm with strong point.

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