Film Photography: Jaume Plensa's Gigantic Head

After helping our friend Jaimee spend some money* at Adorama on used Nikon gear (a refurbished D90, Nikon 50mm f1.8, and two zooms - Nikon 18-55 and a 70-300), she and I made it up to Madison Square Park where the rest of our group had already snagged a place in line at Shake Shack. I was glad that we converged here, because earlier in the week, I'd seen something huge being erected in the park and read later that it was going to be a giant head. When we reunited in line I zipped over to the head planted right in the middle of Madison Square Park to check it out. It's certainly big - 44 feet tall. But it's more than just big, it's almost ethereal for such a large, solid object, especially in contrast to its suddenly green surroundings. As I stood there looking at Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's Echo, I realized it had an effect on me. I felt so peaceful. Even resizing these files for upload, I feel peaceful looking at the pictures. Apparently the work, titled Echo, is inspired by the face of a young girl in a dream state.

I've been kind of a wreck lately, maybe I need to go spend some time at the feet of the big head.

This first shot is with the Haselblad 501cm and the new Kodak Portra 400 film.

Jaume Plensa's Gigantic, Almost Ethereal, and Super Peaceful Head in Madison Square Park

The following shots are with the Nikon F3 and a 50mm f1.4 Ai lens (wish I had the 28mm at the time) on Kodak Portra 400 film.

Crowds Around Jaume Plensa's Gigantic Head in Madison Square Park

Looking Up at Jaume Plensa's Gigantic Head in Madison Square Park

Jaume Plensa's Gigantic Head with Empire State Building

I'm not sure how long this will be up, but I definitely recommend visiting Plensa's Echo if you get a chance.

*I didn't spend a dime. Probably the first time I've visited Simon at Adorama and not bought used gear!