COVER ShootMe Magazine - Issue Oct 2015

Contortion, 2010
Paul Solberg

Empire State, 2006

New Yorkers, we love this building. Although, intimidating to photograph. With all the great pictures from photographer Lewis Wickes Hine, capturing the drums and grit of the period. The workers hanging off its highest peak, capturing some of the most iconic American symbolism.  This monolith rising out of the Great Depresssion and into the clouds, in an unprecedented one year and 45 days. F. Scott Fitzgerald, whom shares my birthplace of St. Paul, Minnesota, exemplifies the wonder of the creative youth drawn to the city. In 2006, when I saw this building too beautiful to photograph, diffused by the construction of the new West Side Highway park project, it was my attempt, my tribute.

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