A monumental image: Lasting impression of Hizzoner, amid the snow
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A monumental image: Lasting impression of Hizzoner, amid the snow

The Jimmy Griffin statue covered in snow outside Sahlen Field, in Buffalo Wednesday, Jan. 30. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News) Buffalo News photographer Mark Mulville almost did not get out of his car. He was driving around downtown during Wednesday’s blizzard, looking for striking images amid the snow and blinding wind, when he paused at the corner of Swan and Washington streets. Photographers often capture images of statues in snowstorms, once piles of snow add fantastic details to their appearance. The driving force of this blizzard had a memorable effect on monuments throughout the city, and Mulville caught it with particular drama in the likeness of Jimmy Griffin, the late mayor of Buffalo, whose monument stands in a plaza named in the mayor’s honor near the gates of Sahlen Field. Mulville had photographed the statue many times, and he was reluctant to simply repeat a familiar shot. He rolled down his window and prepared to take a quick photo from his car. But he studied the scene and thought again, seeing something he had never seen before. He climbed out to capture an image that provides a memorable statement on the storm. Many people remarked on the result, and I decided […]

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