I know when I took this (about one year ago in November 2016). I know where I took it (from the window of one of our younger daughter’s friend’s apartment). I also remember the occasion on which I took it. Our daughter was visiting NY and we went into the city to see a show (On Your Feet) returning home via this apartment to pick up her luggage.
What I can’t remember is whether or not I intended this rather psychedelic effect. I took some other pictures at the same time and they’re all fairly conventional shots attempting (unsuccessfully) to get a sharp picture of the rather spectacular view from her window. This one, however, has a much longer shutter speed than the others so it’s possible I was trying to capture the camera movement. I’ll never know for sure.
Whichever it was I quite like the somewhat abstract effect, which (to my mind mind at any rate) captures something of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.