Vivienne Gucwa started out completely broke and taking photos with a point & shoot camera 6 years ago.
She is now a full-time fine art travel photographer, making a living working on commissions that take her all over the world. When not travelling, Vivienne holds a passion for taking photos of the city she grew up in and loves dearly, New York City.
As one of nine Sony Artisans of Imagery, she enjoys connecting on a regular basis with her online audience of 2.5 million via her photography blog nythroughthelens.com
Her work has been published in a variety of publications online, in print, in ad campaigns, on album and book covers and on television.
Her best-selling New York photography book titled NY Through the Lens was released in stores worldwide and online in the autumn of 2014. The book is a visual nostalgic journey through the city that never sleeps.
What was your personal motivation to shoot this story for #FutureofCities?
As a fine art travel photographer who takes many photos of cityscapes and skylines, it's been interesting to note how New York City's skyline has been evolving over the years when it comes to rooftop extensions and structures.
Space is at a premium in New York City and structural solutions are varied. The structures that have sprung up on top of the city’s existing architecture are endlessly fascinating.
Does it unsettle you that we are now buying 'airspace' to live in?
Having grown up in New York, I’m used to the ephemeral nature of the city.
The topic of purchasing airspace is a controversial one, for sure. In a city where affordable housing is in high demand, I can only hope that eventually the usage of New York’s airspace will accommodate more than just those investing in the luxury real estate market.
What do you think about the #FutureofCities campaign and Sony's involvement in such an important global project?
I think the project has a far-reaching impact globally since it is drawing attention to urban issues that will only potentially become more prescient in the coming years.