Winter Garden Theatre and Times Square - Night - New York City
- By Vivienne Gucwa
This is an 8 second long exposure of the Winter Garden Theatre located on Broadway looking towards the lights of Times Square. The Winter Garden Theatre's building was built in the late 1800s but it came to life as a theatre in 1911.
I have always wanted to capture this view in a photo. My earliest memories of it are from when I was 8 or 9 years old. My father worked nights as a pressman for the Daily News which was located in this general area. I accompanied him a few times to the Daily News and he would take me for a walk along Broadway where my eyes lit up wide wth wonder at the sight of each and every theatre's lights and marquees.
The Winter Garden Theatre at the time was home to the musical Cats and I would secretly hope that I could go see Cats one day every time we passed this theatre. I had the musical soundtrack at home and I played it repeatedly and even taught myself several of the songs on piano. I never made it to Cats since Broadway theatre outings were out of the reach of my parent's humble budget.
My first Broadway show was Starlight Express which I attended on a public school trip (there were some perks to going to public school in NYC). My 10 year old self was totally enthralled with Starlight Express (all of the performers were on rollerskates and the story revolved around a child's train set that came to life). But I still remember unfairly comparing Starlight Express to Cats in my mind telling myself that somehow Cats would have been even more enthralling given my level of obsession with it at the time.
My eyes still lit up wide with wonder while I waited for my long exposure to finish processing.Some things never change.
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