Photos from Friends: Beverly Israely

Beverly Israely’s photos celebrate the delicate textures and small details of the High Line. Photo by Beverly Israely

The High Line is a great place to take photographs. Whether you’re a horticulture enthusiast focusing on blooms, an architecture fan capturing the cityscape, or an art-lover photographing the art on and around the High Line – there’s a little something for everyone. The light, the views, the people, and the unique landscape offer a wide variety of opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike.


Beverly Israely is a long-time resident of the West Village and High Line Member, and she was also one of the High Line’s first visitors after it opened as a public park. “I’ve lived here since 1996, and I had heard all about the efforts to save the structure and make it into a park,” Beverly recalls. “Our family came up on a rainy morning in June, not long after the High Line opened, and I was so inspired by how the space had been transformed. Since then, the park has become one of my family’s favorite neighborhood places. You’ll find us here often – walking, picnicking, relaxing on the lounge chairs, and attending performances and kids' events. We are so happy to share this treasure and support Friends of the High Line and the many members of our community who are dedicated to sustaining the High Line as a special place for New Yorkers.”

Join us after a jump for a glimpse at some of Beverly’s favorite parts of the High Line.

Since that first visit on a rainy day in June, in 2009, Beverly has developed her love of photography over the many visits to the High Line with her family and friends. Recently she has joined the ranks of our dedicated group of volunteers, sharing her photographic talents to help us tell the story of the High Line. You’ll spot her photographs across our communication channels, from the message board signage at the park’s access points, to our email newsletters, and even in our recent blog post on Summer on the High Line.

Beverly’s photographs celebrate the lush and varied textures and colors found on the High Line. From weathered wooden bench planks to bright green spring leaves and wispy grasses, Beverly revels in the intricate details of the park. Below are some highlights from her portfolio.

This photograph was taken in the early spring, when the edible berries of the High Line’s serviceberry trees are a bright addition to the Falcone Flyover, between West 25th and West 26th Streets. Photo by Beverly Israely
Dried stalks reach toward the fall sky. Our horticulture staff purposefully leaves the High Line’s plantings in their natural state through the fall and winter to provide texture, color, and visual interest. This means that the colder months of the year offer a unique opportunity to capture some of the most visually striking photographs of the park’s landscape. Photo by Beverly Israely
As you walk the High Line, take a moment to look closely at the plantings. Delicate textures, like the seeds of prairie smoke, Geom triflorum, shown in this photograph, and other small details are easily overlooked but will add a new depth to your High Line experience. Photo by Beverly Israely
Beverly loves bright and contrasting colors, like the bare branches of Midwinter Fire bloodtwig dogwood, Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire,’ against the brickwork of a neighboring building. The branches turn bright red as fall weather cools. Photo by Beverly Israely
“As much as I love photographing the flowers,” Beverly admits, “I love the ironwork, the park design, and the perspectives you get being 30 feet above the street.” Photo by Beverly Israely
The linear planking and varied coloring of the 22nd Street Seating Steps create a serene composition. Photo by Beverly Israely
We love Beverly’s photographs of the High Line’s blooms. Here, the flower buds of prairie smoke, Geom triflorum, begin to develop in the spring. Photo by Beverly Israely
You’ll find a lot of the textures Beverly loves in the fall when dried seed heads and stalks change the landscape of the High Line. Photo by Beverly Israely
The proximity to buildings in the newer section of the High Line allows for interesting architectural shots. Photo by Beverly Israely
“Rainy, overcast days are my favorites up there,” says Beverly. “The sheltered light and moisture makes the flowers even more exquisite.” Coneflowers come in many colors at the High Line – the Sundown variety has adds a bright pop of magenta to our planting beds. Photo by Beverly Israely
The High Line has a wide variety of texture and color. Here, Beverly captures a close-up of the railing in the Chelsea Market Passage, between West 15th and West 16th Streets. Photo by Beverly Israely

See more of Beverly’s work – on and off the High Line – by visiting her Web site. There you’ll find some of the other subjects she loves: the ocean, traveling, portraits of people young and old, and other “unexpected places that beauty hides.”

Want to contribute your photographic talents to the High Line? Share your photos in our Flickr Pool or join us as a volunteer.

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