Hard at work.
Two photographs I shot three years ago today. It was supposed to be a short trip that turned into living living in New York. Looking back, it seems longer than three years because of all the things I've accomplished and the people I have met and developed into great friendships.
The first building/landmark I saw leaving the terminal...
And the beginning of my obsession with the subway and the people that populate it...
Thank you, New York!
I take photographs of people talking when I can't hear them and then when I look at them I really want to know what they're saying. Especially this one because I think it might be a secret.
I've been subway shooting since I moved to New York in early 2013. It has been somewhat of an obsession. This one is from a series on Union Square.
...new favorite photograph.
I shot this on Saturday evening and it is exactly what the shot looked like in camera. I didn't use any filters when shooting and I did nothing to it in the digital darkroom (no motion blur etc).
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One of the best things about New York City is that strangers talk to each other. It's difficult to be alone here because there are people out and about 24/7. And again, people communicate with each other.
I shot this photograph from the moving subway car I was riding on...this was definitely a drive-by shooting. I saw this mismatched group of five people with the mosaic behind them. There's are story here - a mother (with map in hand) and daughter trying to figure how to get to the airport. The woman they're speaking with looks pretty intense and she has strong body language - that may just be the nano-second when I caught her. And then there's the dude on the right having a snooze.
Tomorrow I will be posting something very important. The opposite of this picture in hopes of getting someone some help.
It's late. So when I was deciding on a topic I saw another of those same date photo things but when I went into the folder and checked the date on the only shot I would share it turned out it was taken on April 21, 2013.
I moved on and came across a photo folder titled "Photography - Old". That's always intriguing. I opened it and found 15 old photographs. I think this one might be one of my earliest photographs taken with a 35mm camera. It was taken on a streetcar in Toronto when I was still in my teens. I don't know if it warrants showing but I do like the girls hands. And even without seeing their faces, there is still a story and inkling of who they might be.
It's uncanny how similar the first photograph I was going to choose is years apart yet in the same vein. I have now chosen to post both. Apparently my style and subject interests are ingrained in my visual soul.