Walking into Michael Tischler’s Soho gallery space felt like taking a 360 degree tour of New York City’s most beautiful views in a single sweep. Only One NYC, located at 345 Broome Street, is a collection of photographs depicting large cityscapes in vivid detail and astonishing depth. Tischler, originally from the Hudson Valley, took the vision for Only One NYC and brought it to life in a most unconventional way, resulting in what can only be described as a visual exposition of serendipity.
In an exclusive opportunity to speak with Tischler about this work, he explained that the idea for the show came first, and then he got to work taking photographs to suit that idea. Tischler then found the perfect medium to bring each photograph to life, and shortly thereafter, a gallery presented itself. That gallery is the one which houses each masterpiece currently, and the exposed brick and clean lines remind you of the beautiful urban jungle that encompasses the scenes within the four corners of each photograph.
In addition to being an extremely talented photographer, Michael Tischler is also a dental surgeon. There can be no doubt that both ventures require an eye for detail, patience, and the ability to communicate complex ideas so that anyone can understand the message presented. At Only One NYC, the message is clear: the feeling of awe that New York City landscapes impresses onto anyone who gazes upon them is mesmerizing and hardly capable of being taken all in at once. Fortunately, for anyone able to take a piece from the gallery home with them, it’s possible to lose oneself within it and find something new and beautiful, with every glimpse, every time.
Like every good artist, Tischler cited trust in his tools as being a cornerstone for each of his monumental pieces of work. To capture photos, he trusts a Pentax 645Z, extolling the lens quality and battery life as essential features for taking quality, memorable shots. HDR imaging and different shutter speeds allow Tischler to capture variations in light and shadow, and long exposures are combated by the use of a tripod to ensure smooth and steady panoramas.
Most surprisingly, Tischler doesn’t add color to any of the images that he captures. By combining exposures and enhancing contrast and highlights using Exposure Fusion and a program called Photomatix, he handsomely achieves what few can: a vista of vivid imagery that rivals what the eye captures when looking out across the city on a crisp, clear day or night.
The photograph itself is only part of the puzzle that, when all pulled together, presents a most glorious prospect. After all, the medium an artist chooses is just as important as the configuration of colors and the tools he uses. The high quality images are printed on durable, archival quality aluminum by Blazing Editions of Rhode Island. Accordingly, each one-of-a-kind print is guaranteed to last for 65 to 100 years.
‘Central Park Evening,’ pictured above, is a magnificent example of the clarity with which Tischler is able to capture a scene. The reflection of buildings and greenery surrounding the water is sharp and smooth, with color popping out and pulling your attention to the smallest details. This was Tischler’s goal: to photograph landscapes and present them in a way that is rich, brilliantly striking, and dramatic but never kitschy.
Landscapes are particularly appealing to Tischler because of the opportunities to photograph expansive skies with light playing across them at various times of day. He explained that variations of light can be best captured early in the morning and at sunset. ‘Flatiron Sunrise,’ below, is a prime example of the depth a widespread sky offers. There is a powerful contrast between the gray-blue sky in the foreground and the pinkish-orange hues rising in the background, pulling the viewers eye deep into the photograph.
Barbara Laurie, Michael Tischer’s purchasing agent, explained that Tischler plans to introduce his work to the rest of the country by way of a five-city tour. After New York, major cities in Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and California will have the privilege of hosting some of Tischler’s photographs. For now, you can view Michael Tischler’s artistry while out and about in Soho — but don’t delay because these pieces are bound to be purchased faster than a New York minute.
Due to high demand, Michael Tischler has moved his show to a new gallery in SoHo, located at 350 West Broadway. Hours are 10am to 9pm daily.
By Gabriella Ali-Marino