I’m a native New Yorker; and New Yorkers are used to looking down. We often live and work in skyscrapers. Many of us work or play downtown. We travel via the many bridges leading to the island of Manhattan; affording us a bird’s eye view of the iconic skyline. We walk a lot; and those of us who have a thing for lovely footwear know – the mean streets of NYC can be mean to our lovely shoes-so we spend a lot of time looking down and watching our step. Also, while, yellow taxis are a popular mode of transportation in NYC, you can’t call yourself the real deal until you’ve climbed down into the subway system and traversed the city in the belly of the beast. You have to master the metal dragon if you want to earn street credibility. Additionally, and ashamedly, native New Yorkers sometimes look down their nose at the transplants; the interlopers; the “wannabes”, the posers; the outsiders; to the city. Finally, if one of the before mentioned outsiders should piss off a New Yorker, you can bet, the New Yorker will get down and dirty and go toe to toe with the offender.
I certainly could have captured a down image, close to home, for this week’s challenge;but I didn’t. Instead, I chose to look elsewhere for my photo. I left the Big Apple and traveled across the country to Seattle, Washington; the Emerald City to bring you this entry.
Below is a picture taken at the Central Library of the Seattle Public Library. The glass, steel and concrete structure is eye-catching; inside and out. The design consists of many different angles that result in spaces that are grand and soaring. This photo is a view looking down into the The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room.
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