My old St. Louis studio was on the fifth floor of a building with high ceilings on each level. That meant when I looked down at the sidewalk, the drop was more than 80 feet. The windows on the 8th floor of the building across the street lined up with mine.
Even though that level of height is negligible by Chicago or New York standards, I found it to be intoxicating. The neighborhood’s compression and stacking of humanity offered a visual contrast to the typical sprawl that one would find in a large midwestern city.
Every day there was a new story unfolding in the hotels, apartments, and office buildings within my downtown view.
When I stay somewhere away from home, I prefer to be up as high as possible. This view, from the 19th floor in Midtown Manhattan, provided the perfect slice of vertical life.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.