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John McCluskey


Some of the Water Towers in New York City

















John McCluskey was born in Chicago and grew up in Connecticut, where he currently resides. While working in the IT industry for many years, John also became a published author and photographer. He applies the unique qualities obtained from a structured career and multiple creative outlets interchangeably, each discipline informing the other, a synergy constantly creating new and exciting approaches. John’s photography acts as a perfect companion to his writing: a visual counterpoint to the written word, the two often published together as well as independently. His photography may feature negative space or geometrical patterns, as an example, whereas his writing may illuminate such space or purposely blur patterns and connections. Regardless, discipline and routine always apply. John has had many photographs, poems, and short stories, including a novella, published in both print and on-line journals over the years. John has a photo essay titled "Ice Abstractions" in Fusion Art in July 2018, and is a featured artist in that edition.

https://www.jmccluskey.com/

He writes of the above pieces: "The ubiquitous structures atop so many buildings are often overlooked and blend into the New York skyline in dull fashion. It is interesting to note that while they are "everywhere", newer buildings now hide them within the structure so the process of their visible demise has begun. Yet their presence reminds us of the nature of their existence: life giving, necessary, providing the most fundamental resource for life. And they remain unchanged in appearance over time, sometimes standing out, most often blending in as stated with surrounding structures.

"The Sunday New York Times published a small article in the Real Estate section on May 27th on this very topic. I quote the opening from the Times: "The humble water tank, a wooden sphere perched on stilts on city rooftops, is as much a part of the skyline as the Empire State Building. These utilitarian structures have been delivering drinking water to New Yorkers for more than a century.”

"My photo essay addresses the ubiquity and dullness of their appearance by "dressing them up" a bit to show off their individuality and stature. A nod to their existence and impending change in structure for the service they provide New Yorkers."
 
 
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