National Geographic : 2005 Mar
ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY Final Edit FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED Central Barkers When veteran photographer Melissa Farlow was asked to illustrate the vision of America's great park designer Frederick Law Olmsted, she found herself faced with a dilemma: Should she show the lovely historical touches that remain in Olmsted's parks or show the fruits of his labors-city folk enjoying the natural spaces he so passionately believed they needed? The answer revealed itself on a rainy summer afternoon as she strolled through Central Park, the project that launched Olmsted's career. Storm clouds parted, bathing the park in heavenly light and drawing residents from their high-rise shelters. A man on Gapstow Bridge caught her eye. "He looked like a regular Joe New Yorker," Farlow recalls. "Someone who lived nearby and walked his dogs here every day." She snapped the shutter in the fading light, capturing a feeling Olmsted would have surely understood: A man and his dogs simply enjoying Manhattan's big beautiful backyard. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * MARCH 2005 CUT IT OR KEEP IT? E-greet a friend with the image above and find the Editor's runner-up choice for Final Edit at nationalgeographic.com/ magazine/0503.