Focus on Architecture: Story Behind the Photo

Continuing our stories behind the winning photos from the 2010 Focus on Architecture competition, today’s photo was taken by Laura Manzari at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and was selected as a winner in the People category.  The judges liked the birds-eye view of OHNY’s volunteers at the Visitor’s Center and how the volunteer all the way on the left is pointing off-screen.

2010 OHNY weekend was great as usual.  This year I got to go to the top of the digester eggs that you see from the LIE at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for unique views of the city.  The tour began at the Visitor’s Center where a DEP engineer provided an interesting and humorous presentation about New York City’s water supply.  While waiting for the presentation I noticed an overhead view of the water sculpture by Vito Acconci at the center.  I liked the way people looked walking around the shapes of the fountains as well as the lines on the path and the movement of the water.  As soon as one of the people raised an arm I took the photo.  It was a bit of a challenge to capture it all in the low light.


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