I imagine that most of you will find this photo absolutely mundane, especially if you live in a big city. However, I have spent my entire life in North Dakota, and find it fascinating. Oh, here’s the photo. Make sure it’s blown up fully for maximum effect.
I’m not a photographer, so I don’t know what you would call it when the entire picture is in focus, from near to far, and top to bottom. Deep focus maybe?
Anyway, what I find fascinating is looking at all the detail on the older buildings in the lower part of the photo. Each of these buildings makes me curious as to what goes on inside from day to day, and how the building itself functions in a mechanical way. For instance, each building has what appears to be a water tower on top, or several. I assume because of water pressure the higher you go.
I also look at things like the combination of window air conditioners and central air units.
And all of the different things on rooftops. Little gardens and tables, and vehicles on the roof that look like they had to get there via elevator.
And quaint little rooftop living areas?
I also wonder about what is inside the spire of the Empire State Building, and if people actually go up in there, and for what. It looks like a part of the spire has windows going around, and that there’s room for people in there.
The detail in the photo is good enough that I just spent two hours looking around at every little thing, and wondering about life in a big city, and wondering about all of the specialized workers it would take to maintain all of those tall buildings. I can imagine that working on some of the systems in those older buildings must be a nightmare, especially if the plumbing goes bad. I can’t even comprehend some of the things that could go wrong, and some of the stories these workers would have.
A few of the older buildings in the foreground look sort of run-down, and I wonder about the people who own these buildings, and how much it would cost just to maintain them in that condition, never mind fully renovating them. I wonder how much it would cost to rent an apartment in one of those buildings. I like how some of the older buildings have nice little architectural flourishes like pillars and archways halfway up the building.
Just a random post from a naïve country boy who is amazed that a place like this was ever built and that somehow, it keeps functioning.