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Dominique Nabokov. Central Park, New York, c. 1970s
"There is so much action in New York one is sometimes perversely excited by those moments, or those places, when one is not part of it. Where nothing is happening. These places, in turn, become little air-pockets of possibility—what I call negative space. They are unidentified, off the grid, the staging areas for trysts, seductions, encounters. They are the places where crimes are committed, of one kind or another. The most conspicuous, hiding-in-plain-sight negative space in New York is Central Park."

Dominique Nabokov. Central Park, New York, c. 1970s

"There is so much action in New York one is sometimes perversely excited by those moments, or those places, when one is not part of it. Where nothing is happening. These places, in turn, become little air-pockets of possibility—what I call negative space. They are unidentified, off the grid, the staging areas for trysts, seductions, encounters. They are the places where crimes are committed, of one kind or another. The most conspicuous, hiding-in-plain-sight negative space in New York is Central Park."

a perception of the world seen by a New Yorkerviewing point: 9th avenothing past the hudson river really matters
illustrated by Saul Steinberg

a perception of the world seen by a New Yorker
viewing point: 9th ave
nothing past the hudson river really matters

illustrated by Saul Steinberg