High Line by dchaussee on Flickr.
SML-CUPS SUSTAINABILITY PHOTO CONTEST WINNER: DAISY CHAUSSEE
SML: The theme for this contest was Sustainability in the City. Your photo incorporated building backdrops alongside certain green fixtures–how does this reflect your own interpretation of the word “sustainability” (i.e. how do buildings reflect the image of the “city”)
DC: For me, sustainability relates to the simultaneous preservation and enjoyment of a resource (in this case, nature) so as to avoid damaging or depleting it. My photo shows how we can maintain and preserve parts of nature and enjoy them as a public park, like the High Line, even in the city of New York.
SML: What was the most challenging aspect of deciding which themes pertaining to sustainability and the city would be incorporated into the photograph?
DC: The most challenging aspect wasn’t deciding which themes of sustainability to incorporate, but rather finding those themes present somewhere in the city. In the concrete jungle, it’s hard to look past the buildings and streets and notice people living, acting, or working in sustainable ways.
SML: With regards to the theme of sustainability, what would you say differentiates your photograph from any other photograph that illustrates a park or any other green space within a city?
DC: I think what differentiates my photograph from others is the stark contrast between the beautifully maintained, elevated public park and the industrial buildings in the background. This juxtaposition is captivating and thought provoking, especially with regards to the theme of sustainability.