On Creating a New Stock Photo

25 Apr 2009
April 25, 2009
New York Stock Exchange

Commentary at the New York Stock Exchange

On a trip last week to New York for a series of meetings I suddenly discovered the New York Stock Exchange was located directly on the path between my hotel and meeting site. This “discovery” was hard to miss with a huge American flag draped across the front of the building and tourists holding up their cameras for a similar photo op (even at this early morning hour).

My time in Washington has trained me to look for initial signs of heightened security camouflaged as benign architectural flourishes. Bronze-colored “stones” subtly blocked would-be terrorists’ attempts to ram the front of the building. From there my senses noticed more overt measures: guard dogs sniffing along the front of the façade, stockbrokers showing their IDs to uniformed security, and the older gentleman, nicely dressed, loudly maligning the virtues of the new Obama Administration.

While tourist-photographers tended to document the huge flag, I, always looking to make a statement, went for the more ironic version of this snapshot. (The next day there was a new pic to take. Reports that advertising budgets are drying up must surely be premature.)

2 replies
  1. Carol Beesley says:

    Jeff, I have many photographs with signs in provocative places. The geometric with natural spaces, etc. Right now this is so much a comment on greed and the world wide dilemma.

  2. Martin says:

    Great picture. I have a fixation on STOP signs; I like this one, “STOP (war),” in front of the State Department:

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