Photo and caption by Grace Long
It was snowing in late January, streets slick and trailed. I was walking to the subway with my little sister who very much wanted to escape the biting cold. The Empire State building looked so humbling, giant-like, as if a living entity. I felt attached to it, cocooned in lit storm clouds. I didn't have a tripod with me, so I stood on the corner, holding my breath, switching the composition of this photograph numerous times, then, at last, a bird flew into the light and solidified what I was attempting to capture: The Silently Living City, the backbone that make it soundlessly great.
Location: Manhattan, New York City