Photographer’s work flies over NYC landmark

Many photographers have seen their work framed and in a gallery.

Annah Trunick can say her work has been turned into a flag.

The 33-year-old Hartford native is one of 83 photographers whose images can be seen as 5-foot-by-8-foot flags hanging at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

“I thought the chances of me getting into this was really small, but I did it anyway,” Trunick said. “I was quite surprised when they contacted me and said they wanted to use it.”

This is the second year for the Flag Project, which was started in 2020 as a way to give artists a chance to show their love for the city during the early days of COVID-19. Organizers received more than 1,200 submissions from around the world, and several well-known artists and designers — Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Christian Siriano — were asked to submit designs that were turned into flags.

This year’s contest focused on photography and coincides with a New York issue of Aperture magazine. More than 1,000 submissions were received.

Trunick’s photograph depicts a subway train at Broadway and 125th Street near where she lives in Hamilton Heights.

“It strikes me as really beautiful, and I wonder if other people can see that same beauty,” she said. “The bloodline of the city is the subway system. I thought it would be appropriate.”

However, the image flying over Rockefeller Center is not the original photo she submitted. She received a message that her photo had been accepted but they need a larger version of the file in order to blow it up for the size of the flag.

“I kind of panicked,” Trunick said. “I looked through all of my old photos and my old camera cards (and didn’t find a larger version),” she said. “I had about an hour before sunset. Luckily the location is just a couple blocks down the street.”

The original was taken in the summer, so there were no leaves on the trees this time, but she tried to capture the train in the same position as the original. It must have worked; no one objected to the new photo, she said.

Trunick, who has had solo shows at Trumbull Memorial Hospital’s Nissen Gallery and Gallery 29 in Sharon, Pa., said it was exciting to see the flag on display, and last Friday she could see it on television in the background during a segment on “The Today Show.”

The flags will adorn Rockefeller Center until April 30 and be featured in a catalog.

Trunick, whose work can be seen online at www.annahtru nick.com, said she got into photography as way to document her travels while working on education and research projects in such exotic locals as China, Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua and the Galapagos Islands.

“It was a way to share my travels and experiences with family and friends,” she said. “I’m not very good about journaling. When I take a photo, it takes me back to that moment.”


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