Shadows on the Intrepid

On the Hudson River you can find all kinds of architectural interest. 

One of the coolest intersections of line, form and structure can be found in the curved hull of the Intrepid aircraft carrier, located in Hell’s Kitchen.  

I used to live in the neighborhood, and often biked by.  One day, during New York City’s Fleet Week, I observed the underside bathed in the late afternoon sun. The welded steel plating, which had protected American sailors from the enemy during World War II, was glowing in long, warm light, and framed the shadow of a modern destroyer down by the waterline. 

Rather than the “Rising Sun” striking the ship, it was set ablaze by the setting sun.

In addition, the anchor looked like some fearsome Star Wars toy, except 1,000 times larger. I couldn’t resist the scene, and shot it. 

Still one of my favorites.


David Paler

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