Reflections through the lens

It's all about life and love
Travel photography

Dreaming of flight

Boy running on a beach with a towel like wings, pretending he is flying

Take off

Boy running along water with a blue towel as air-plane wings

Flying over the beach

It was a windy day on Fire Island and you would want to fly against that wind, I’m quite sure. It was real fun! I clearly remembered myself being a boy and doing the same :) Unfortunately I didn’t have ocean around.

Urban view

It’s one of the best spots to look at shiny NYC’s skyline – across the river from Manhattan you got to Brooklyn. There is a beautiful pier with water taxis and infamous Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. And there is that view :).

As times change something we lose and something we gain. It was a great place to go for wedding pictures, on any given day you’d see a few weddings coming there. Not anymore, because parking is prohibited there now. But they built there really nice Brooklyn Bridge Park.

photograph of Manhattan skyline at dusk / night from Brooklyn side

It's always crowd there especially at night, eager to see the city's glory

Skyscrapers Manhattan downtown  financial district at dusk reflecting in the East River waters

Reflections of shiny beauty of New York City

Tourists and travelers watching NYC skyline at dusk

Golden time to look at NYC's skyline

Looking at Brooklyn Bridge at dusk

Photograph of NYC view at dusk

Once on a foggy day

It was unusual morning on Fire Island where we go quite often. Fog was covering everything. Beach, swimmers, fishermen, gulls…

Quite fairy vision.

Photograph of Fire Island's beach

Beach on Fire Island located off south shore of Long Island

And actually it was really sunny, could you believe? Just a couple of miles away from the shore it was perfect hot summer day.

Girl doing acrobatics on the beach

Having fun on the beach

What we love most about Fire Island is incredible mix of ocean air with smell of vegetation, it’s just so exciting.

Morning fog on Fire Island in June

Illusory morning fog

Photograph of people enjoying ocean waves

Atlantic ocean waves in the fog

Man standing in front of ocean waves

To boss around :)

Fog covering shore of Fire Island

Children playing in waves of Atlantic Ocean on Fire Island

Sunbathers on the beach of Fire Island

Young sunbathers on the beach of Fire Island

Fishermen's rods in the morning fog on the oceans coast

Really foggy morning

Engagement in NYC

It was first time being in NYC for Carlo, but 4th for Eleonora. I was hired to photograph this beautiful couple around Manhattan’s landmarks.

Lovely young couple on a bench in a park

Lovely couple on a lovely day

The day we scheduled  the photoshoot weather was quite tricky and nasty so we had to push it for another day. I saw that Carlo was kind of upset and confused because of that and I didn’t see the reason for that. I thought it’s not a big deal, we always depend on weather.

While we were walking to Central Park  next day Carlo explained to me that actually he made a proposal yesterday! Damn, I missed this moment, now I got it! But they were so obviously in love, kissing all the time so I think I didn’t miss too much after all 😉

Italian tourists on Times Square

First time in New York City, and being in love

Walking by Times Square in Manhattan on a sunny autumn day

Love

2 different worlds

I was wandering around Battery Park City the other day and ended up at World Trade Center Ground Zero. And there was a perfect modern urban picture waiting for me:

Big colorful truck in front of commercial skyscraper building with metal facade

Still-life

But before I got there I was stunned by another view, more pleasant to my eye, quiet and calm on lovely Sunday morning:

Street life photograph of a Lower Manhattan neighborhood

Isn't it timeless?

Can you tell me what year it is?

These 2 photographs separated by just a few blocks, but what a difference! I love to travel around the globe and find these amazing small gems, pieces of life we live and sometimes don’t appreciate. That’s why I got here almost 4 years ago, and fell in love with this city, it’s diversity and craziness!

Orange city mood

Just a couple of glimpses :)

Double-decker for Mersedeses  at 3rd World Trade Center building.

Luxury top range passenger cars ready to be transported on a truck

Luxury Mersedes passengers cars as passengers on double-decker

Did she realize this match of colors? I guess not :)

Girl with orange bag talking on a cell-phone next to a display with haystacks and pumpkins

I think she had very bright mood

Tornado hit Queens

Tornado hit Queens borough of New York City on 9/16 around 6pm.

At first I thought it was nothing severe because everything we saw out of our windows was quite strong wind causing waves of water in the air, blackened skies and it lasted just for about 5 min. Gone. Nothing. But almost immediately started sirens of emergency vehicles. From all directions. Again could be just regular storm, we have had a couple of it this year. But, after 30 min sirens still coming I started to worry about my car parked on the street :) I guess not only me.

Still didn’t want to go outside. After a helicopter with a projector had hung over our building for 10 min it got to me that it’s quite serious somewhere close to us. I checked traffic in goggle.maps and got a shock – no one time saw I all local streets black. Something was happening out there for sure. And we went to see it ourselves as many of you did.

That was something extraordinary by any measure! Many people will remember those 5 min of nature’s anger for long time: smashed cars, destroyed trees, damaged houses etc.

And below you’ll find photographs witnessing human weakness before nature’s power.

Firefighter with a torch at emergency caused by a tornado

Reportage photograph of firefighters working on cleaning Woodhaven Boolevard in Queens, New York City

Tornado aftermath, night September 16, fallen trees damaged cars

Tornado aftermath, night 9/16, fallen trees damaged cars

Tornado smashed car in Queens NYC USA

A car smashed by a branch of a tree during the storm

Firefighters cleaning the tornado aftermath, night 9/16

Photograph 0f tornado aftermath, night 9/16, traffic stopped for a few hours because of the fallen trees

Traffic allowed, buses driving on Woodhaven Blvd through the safety corridor

Traffic allowed through the safety corridor after a few hours of waiting

Fallen trees blocked the traffic for a few hours in Queens, New York

Traffic moving through the safety corridor on Woodhaven Blvd in Queens, NYC

Morning 9/17 update:  more new pictures from around the Queens affected by the storm and tornado.

Reportage photography of a tornado disaster

Photography of the tornado aftermath

Power lines and street crossing lights damaged by the tornado

You may cross the street now

Meteorologists said that the majority of the damage came from the macroburst in Queens. A macroburst is an intense gust of wind that pours down from a storm. According to the National Weather Service, the macroburst started in the Middle Village section of Queens and ended in Forest Hills, and was 8 miles long and 5 miles wide with winds up to 125 mph.

And that’s what we actually see here.

Storm hit Queens NYC USA

One of many cars damaged by flying trees
Removing a fallen tree of the roof of the building

One of many damaged houses hit by fallen trees

Street filled with remains of trees that hit hoses and cars

Tornado crashed a lot of great trees that were a best feature if the area making it green and beautiful

Power lines are down because of the tornado hit

Documentary photograph: power lines are down, houses without electricity

Car smashed by a huge tree broken by a tornado in Queens New York

Do not park at bus stop?

Great trees are down broken by storm

Street closed by police because of the trees broken by storm on 9/16

Tree fell down in the morning long time after storm passed, it's still dangerous out there

Tree fell down in the morning in Juniper Valley Park and blocked the road almost entirely