I have walked The High Line several times, but this was my first visit to "The Vessel", the latest addition to the Hudson Yards area. The Princeton Photo Workshop field trip to "The Vessel" at Hudson Yards in the summer of 2021 was an exciting opportunity for me to explore and capture the unique structure and its surroundings. After we finished up at High Line Park, our instructor, Josh Weiss, took us to The Vessel about one hour before sunset.
The Vessel's unique design and location in the heart of Hudson Yards offered an excellent opportunity for our photography group to capture the contrast between the modern Hudson Yards and the rest of New York City. The Vessel's panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, and the city provide an excellent opportunity to capture the city's iconic skyline in a new and different way.
The guided tours of the Vessel would have been an excellent opportunity to learn about the Vessel's design and construction and the history of Hudson Yards' development. However, that experience was not part of workshop package. Josh offered his knowledge and familiarity with the area while providing the group with ample time to explore the possibilities. The field trip allowed me to pair up and work with other students, allowing us to share knowledge and techniques.
The Vessel is a public landmark and a popular gathering spot for visitors because of the panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, and the city skyline. The Vessel's design features 154 flights of stairs and 80 landings, making it a popular spot for visitors to take in the views and snap a few photos. It's a tourist destinate and a popular spot for people-watching. Like many sightseers, I walked up and down the stairs, taking in the scenery from different angles. I used the Vessel's unique spaces to frame the Vessel's public spaces, including the gardens and terraces plazas, which also allow visitors to relax and enjoy the views.
Photographing "The Vessel" at sunset was an excellent opportunity to get some photographs with dramatic light. As the sun sets, the Vessel's unique design casts long shadows and created patterns of light and shadow. The Vessel's panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, and the city skyline were particularly striking at sunset, as the warm light of the setting sun illuminated the surrounding buildings and created a beautiful contrast with the cool blue of the river.