But what’s really “cool” about a city that is rebuilding its city center into a crater piece by piece of hard earned money? Seen from the right angle, in the right parking lot – an anonymous non-place, by definition – Buffalo looks like a much bigger city.
Local rappers sometimes favor this cosmopolitan look: music video for “Pitch Black”, by indie hip-hop artist and producer Ology, cuts between scenes from a field, studio and the rooftop of the Mohawk Ramp, where a low-angle shot captures two cars, the illuminated electric tower and the suggestion of an urban landscape extending behind them.
“It’s a larger-than-life visual, with a view of the city,” said Tyler White, 27, who shot three music videos, including “Pitch Black,” on the ramp. “I guess that’s why I keep going back. It sells a certain aesthetic.
Wedding photographers, meanwhile, have taken hold of the nostalgia for the view from the ramps, which feels like a dense cityscape, with no vacant lots or parking lots to spoil the view. Over the past two years, parking-ramp wedding sessions have become popular with couples who appreciate downtown Buffalo and its architecture, but don’t want cars or other distractions in their photos, a declared Amy greene, a 31-year-old wedding photographer.