Tar Beach #1 by Mark Ross

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See if you can find them. Here’s what you do in New York if you want a real tan! You don’t see this as often as you used to but they still do it, even despite the health risks. Go figure. Click once on image to enlarge.


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Something catches my eye and I photograph it, always with the intention of reworking it into something I can call my own. My thinking: It’s not what you look at that matters but what it is you see and how you see it. That’s what matters. That’s how the artist shines through.

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  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 6 years ago

    love the way this is shot… quite aesthetic, love the concrete jungle! Awesome shot mark!

  • Thanks Paul. Concrete Jungle? Paul, you’re giving your age away!
    : >}

    – Mark Ross

  • RSart
    RSartabout 6 years ago

    Mark Rossito, you are brilliant

  • Thanks RSart. If only I could agree with you. Glad you likee!

    – Mark Ross

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 6 years ago

    Mark, how bizarre. Love the comp and the perspective.

  • Hi Elana. It’s funny, isn’t it? There are so many interesting sights to see wherever you go. Most people are in such a rush to get somewhere, that they don’t see where they are until they’re where they want to be. I really appreciate your compliments. Thanks so much, really!

    – Mark Ross

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 6 years ago

    You are so right. If we just stopped, looked and appreciated, then we would all be much richer for it.

  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    fantastic ! It’s like another world up there on the rooves. brilliant shot

  • Hi Janeymac. Hehe, this is not a view everyone gets to see of New York! It’s from the roof terrace of the hi-rise apartment building where I live. I’ve taken lots of pics from up there, each has something distinctive about it, most are closer in on the people themselves. I think they’re interesting and whimsical. Thanks (as always) for your delightful comments!

    – Mark Ross

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 5 years ago

    Ahhh….skin cancer city. At least it’d be warm up there on the tar roof.

  • Liv Stockley
    Liv Stockleyabout 5 years ago

    Love the timelessness of this shot, brilliant :-)))

  • Thanks so much Liv. Much appreciated!

    – Mark Ross

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonover 4 years ago

    Just awesome, beautiful composition.

  • Very good of you to comment. Thank you!

    – Mark Ross

  • cventresca
    cventrescaabout 4 years ago

    So wonderful, such an intimate, everyday take on living in the city..and beautiful composition

  • So glad you like this. It’s one of a series I did on film. They’re all rather whimsical in tone. I suppose that’s why I liked doing them. You’re very generous with your thoughts and I thank you very much for that!

    – Mark Ross

  • Ascender Photography
    Ascender Photo...almost 4 years ago

    A quintessential NYC shot, Mark. I love it. As always, a lovely composition,as well.

    Best, Alan

  • Thank you Alan. This used to be a regular sight from my rooftop but you don’t see this kind of thing much any more.

    – Mark Ross

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