Friday, September 24, 2010

Grand Central Reflections (Weekend Reflections # 53)

This is the reflection of the sculpture and clock on the facade of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Mercury is easy to see with his arms stretched out under the Hyatt's " T's" but the reflection also shows a distorted Minerva lying on her side and Hercule's head as well as some buildings. The sculpture was created in 1914 by Jules Alexis Coutan of Paris.

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1)Post a photograph taken by you that contains a visual refection.
2)After I post my Weekend Reflections photo, add your name, country and link to MckLinky
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5)Comment on other Weekend Reflections participant’s blogs.
Feel free to be creative.Remember this meme is for any type of reflection photographs.This meme runs Friday 11 am EST through 11pm Sunday, so feel free to link your post anytime within that time frame. Join the fun!

72 comments:

Woody said...

I like the distortion at the edges, looks really cool. The statues are interesting!!

RuneE said...

Nicely spotted! Maybe Minerva has been inside and visited the bar before he got distorted? :-)

Ebie said...

Love the different angles of the reflection. Sometimes, I would purposely make distortions on my photos. Well done!

Dina said...

You brought the old and the new together into one exciting photo!

☺lani☺ said...

Awesome Reflection! Happy Weeken!

jeff campbell said...

James, what a wonderful urban reflection...so appealing in every way to a guy who is crazy about urban reflections. I veered away from my urban pursuits this week with something unusual...please stop by...Peace

Sunny said...

Great reflections...lots of details!
Have a wonderful weekend!
☼ Sunny

Mildred said...

Wonderful picture and a special treat to see for this Georgia girl! Have a great weekend James.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

That is a magnificent reflection James. The day I am able to take photos as good as yours, I'll know I know how to take good pictures.
Have a lovely weekend.

Fred Miller said...

I always identified with Mercury as a young man because I was so moody. I haven't thought of him in years. Yet one beautiful photograph brings it all back. I can see what a miracle of change life is.

Gawd, James! Your photography is masterful!

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Rebecca said...

Really cool combination of the statues reflected in the modern architecture.

Lucy Corrander said...

So many dimensions my eyes have to keep changing focus.

Lucy

michael said...

That's quite a photo. The distortion from the glass makes it quite interesting.

Mama Zen said...

How perfect!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello James!
This central station brings great memories to me, thanks so much!
Awesome reflections, just a mirror, so perfect and beautiful!
"Mercury, who also symbolizes trade"
This sculpture is wonderful and I'm very curious about the sculptor.
I was searching "Jules Alexis Coulan"at google and your BLOG was the first reference! ;)
Maybe I will try again in French.
Have a blessed weekend
hugs
Léia

'Tsuki said...

Once again very creative... This reflection is so beautiful... Great idea, very well framed.

Sylvia K said...

Love your reflection and the details, James, as always! Of course, I love Grand Central, too, and your photo brought back fun memories. You really do get the most fantastic shots! Always look forward to your posts! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Luis Gomez said...

Gorgeous reflection James!

Dianne said...

it's as if the statue will burst forth from the glass!!
this is wonderful James :)

wenn said...

great reflection!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a beautiful reflection and so very creative! I love your "Weekend Reflections"
Genie

Marie said...

THIS is what I call a perfect reflection. Awesome!!!

Perry said...

Very cool reflection!!

Carolyn Ford said...

This is NOT just an ordinary reflection! Superb, James!

Reader Wil said...

Very clever reflection and great composition!

Elisa said...

It´s simply... great!
Greetings from Argentina
By the way...I´ve left my reflections
Elisa

Thom said...

Wow...i would have totally missed that. Excellent my friend. Spectacular :) Have a great Friday :)

jennyfreckles said...

Well seen - I really like the ornate carving within the modern frame.

Carletta said...

A terrific melding of the very new with the very old. I like it a lot James!
Could be captioned 'Where Mythical Dreams Come True.' :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Like many have said above it is the combination of the new and old that I really like about this reflection.

Bibi said...

Old and new; sharp, crisp photo!

EG Wow said...

This is cool, James. I like how part of the reflection is clear and the rest distorted.

paul said...

A grand reflection!

JM said...

Not only a beautiful reflection but also a wonderful composition!

teresa said...

very awesome photo. I also like your colorful crossing.

teresa said...

very awesome photo. I also like your colorful crossing.

teresa said...

very awesome photo. I also like your colorful crossing.

Becky and Gary said...

Awesome James. So clear .
Magnificent!
B.

joo said...

Fabulous reflection!
have a great weekend:)

Cildemer said...

Simply beautiful!

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Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

This is magnificient!

Greyscale Territory said...

Fascinating, wavey images in the windows! The statue almost seems to be floating on water! Beautiful shot!

noexcuses said...

This is one of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen! I love the reflection of the statue, or whatever that building adornment is called!

Love it!

J Bar said...

Terrific reflection. I like the combination of the old and the new.

lotusleaf said...

The reflections seem real because of the distortion.

Tash said...

That is soooo beautiful - extraordinary image. I love that clock/sculpture. I have a more ordinary photo of it from my trip there 2 years ago October.

Meri said...

Love, love, love your photo today.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Grand Central Station is so beautiful. You've photographed her in a very unique way.
Thanks for hosting this meme James.
: )

Francisca said...

Well, I'm late to this party, but I did show up. :-) James, your reflection photo has so much of interest... the lines, the contrasts, I really like it.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Love the composition here with the sculptural distortion inside and the contrasting architectural outlines to the right, around the corner. A fun take
on Grand Central!

Ann said...

we stayed in the Grand central Hyatt in DC when we came to America with the kids in 1993, and in NY, we stayed at holiday inn, ( I think)

Your reflection is very impressive. I tried to do a Stamford reflection today when I went to pick my Bro In Law up, but I get get a good photo.

Sar@h said...

I like the contrast between old and modern

Halcyon said...

Really nice reflection! I like how you've caught Mercury.

Gine said...

Le choc de l'ancien et du nouveau, à moins que ce ne soit la complémentarité ? Très bien vu !

Anne-Ma said...

J'aime beaucoup, un trés bel effet alliant modernité et passé. Beautiful. Bon week-end

JunieRose2005 said...

Awesome shot!!



Junie

Alexa said...

I work a block away and see this every day—and I'm still super-impressed. Bravo, James!

Kaori said...

What a wonderful reflection of the gorgeous sculpture! It's a wonderful angle, too :D

Stickup Artist said...

The past is contained in the present moment. This one really gets me thinking philosophically about time, human accomplishment, and our place in this universe.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love the reflection of old architecture on new. Stunning photo, as always.

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awarewriter said...

Great composition James. All the elements come together for a fine image. The reflections are first rate.

Japy said...

I love the composition. Greetings.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

You have captured an amazing reflection!

gogouci said...

Absolutely beautiful capture. I hope you're having a great weekend.

Beverley Baird said...

What an incredible sculpture and reflection! Great photo!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Not because I grew up in NYC, this is one of my top fave reflections you've shown us. I love how the curvy lines of the sculpture get even curvier. Great vision here.

Evelyn said...

The old and the new, the reflection and the actual.... lots going on here. Interesting shot...

Qwave À la carte said...

Lovely I N T E R P L A Y
Historic VS Contemporary
Overwhelming Details
Me Heart :)

quilly said...

Didn't I just leave a comment here? Am I losing my mind? I told you I loved the clarity of the pic despite the window distortions. This is an amazing capture.

Melissa B. said...

Just LOVE this Superior Snap! A) Because I've been here, and know pretty much where you were standing to capture it, and B) Because it's just a gem!

Franius said...

Wonderful reflections!

Cheryl said...

I really liked the photo-stunning!