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Instant Classic: Photographer’s Snowy Flatiron Photo Looks Like a Monet Painting

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Instant Classic: Photographer’s Snowy Flatiron Photo Looks Like a Monet Painting

After a strangely mild start to winter 2016, New York City was battered by its second largest snowstorm in history. Winter Storm Jonas was epic in every way, dumping up to 30 inches of snow over a 24-hour span and bringing the city to a standstill.

Amidst the whiteout conditions, Michele Palazzo ventured out with his Ricoh GR camera to explore what was essentially a ghost metropolis. We were delighted to see that the Italian street photographer, who works as a UI/UX design director in the city, was actually roaming near our headquarters in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. While Palazzo posted several of his images on his @streetfauna Instagram account, one in particular caught everyone’s attention.

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Photo by Michele Palazzo

Palazzo’s photo of the Flatiron Building has a striking resemblance of a 19th century impressionist painting. The combination of swirling snow and muted color gives the aesthetic of brush strokes, while shadowy buildings in the background are reminiscent of several famous paintings by Claude Monet.

“I was impressed by the wind and the snow swirling around my favorite building in the city, so I took some shots,” Palazzo told PetaPixel. “This shot was perfect.”

As NYC nostalgists and Flatiron enthusiasts, we agree. Nice work, Mr. Palazzo.

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