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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On Window Bays and Shopfronts, Around the City

Detail, UWS
Photo by myself, on the Upper West Side.

At one of the many townhouses on the upper West Side, a pretty bay window is decorated with a Greek key pattern along the lower edge and a scalloped underside. Even the protective window grilles are ornamental.

If you have a spare moment, check out this incredible slideshow currently on the New York Times website.

The Times showcases several small scale dioramas made by Randy Hage, a craftsman who works on movie and television props. Hage takes photos of historic, well-loved New York storefronts, then builds 1/12th scale models of them, then takes photos of the models.

The results are pretty astonishing - the uneven brickwork, painterly metal roll down doors and old timey signs are breathtakingly represented. You would never think you were looking at a replica made by hand.

Seeing these images, for me, was like looking through a time capsule. The best photo of the series shows Hage looming over the Nick's Lucheonette, and exposing the real scale of the model. (I promise the image above is a real photo of a real building!)

To see the Times slideshow, click here.

Related posts: Living Large, on the Upper East Side, A Dash of Charm, in the Village, and Outside Bedford Street Laundry, in the Village.


Olivier said...

tres bon le diaporama du New York Times, nostalgie nostalgie quand tu nous tiens

s.c said...

Now that Randy Hage knows what he is doing. Picking the exact things that give a great deal of charm at NY and the likeliness is stunning. Also like the detail of your own photo. I should say make some more Kitty.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I LOVE how you've cropped this building Kitty, really showing off all the amazing details!
Speaking of which, that link is really quite unbelievable. HOW does the sculptor do it? I'd love to see the pieces in person.

Ken Mac said...

Could be an ocean liner.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Another lovely photo, Kitty. I saw the Randy Hage piece—it was very cool, especially the shot you mention of him and one of the models.