shooting new york

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Photography
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It amazes me what some people can produce when they photograph in New York City. It takes a certain kind of genius to capture little moments in a city larger than life in such a way that makes the viewer react on a purely gut level. With their photos you can literally feel the sights and sounds of a particular neighborhood or connect with the emotions of the people on the street. Man, being able to portray the City in such a human way through photography is an enviable talent.

On the other hand photographing New York City is an absolute a challenge for me. Maybe it’s the non-stop activity, maybe it’s the overwhelming number of fast moving people, maybe it’s the sheer magnitude of everything. It’s probably all this and much more. I know part of the problem has been that I never go into the City with clear sense of what I want to shoot. Free association may be an effective technique to spark writing creativity, but with photography it leaves me frustrated. When I start pointing the camera at random stuff without a well-considered vision the results are predictable.

I’ve been told I’m too hard on myself – and not just when it comes to photography. That’s probably true. Nevertheless, on occasion I have managed to take a photo or two in New York which doesn’t make me retch. That’s not being too hard on myself, is it? 😉

On this freakishly cold October night with several inches of heavy snow on the ground I thought it’s as good a time as any to share a few of these shots with you. I hoping looking at random photos from warmer days will somehow lessen the chill in the air!

Oh, and just to be perfectly clear, I appreciate your good and encouraging thoughts (as always). However, this is NOT, I repeat NOT, a plea for reassurance or affirmation. Instead I will happily take cash.

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  1. sparklebumps says:

    Awesome photos! But you forgot the Alice statue in Central Park. 🙂

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  2. I love, love, love the park bench one and the subway one. The first one is fabulous, too, because of the juxtaposition of a simple sailboat with a huge, complicated city. Very cool!

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  3. I especially like the Joyce sign photo (because it’s my middle name – Joyce, not sign) and the black and white photo – there’s a sense of traveling down the stairs with the woman. The couple on the bench photo is nice but the headless bystander in the background is a bit distracting. The first photo is also very nice – the sailboat again gives a sense of movement to a static image and there is a crispness in the buildings.

    When I hit the lotto, I’ll send some money your way!

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    • John says:

      I’ve never been in the Joyce theater, but I love how it looks from the outside. And I’m particually taken with the B&W shot.

      I’m not picky. Feel free to send money now! 😉

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  4. These are awesome…they perfectly capture the pulse of the city, on both personal and impersonal levels.

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  5. whiteladyinthehood says:

    My fav – is the first one!! Very nice.

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  6. Hey John, I checked you out after you “liked” my post. I’m a whore for validation. Anyway, I’m glad I did. But, just so you know, I have been doing this for 18 months, and I have on occasion asked people to send me money. It hasn’t worked yet. So good luck with that.

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  7. You’re just going to have to settle for my good and encouraging thoughts as I’m so broke I can’t pay attention.

    What the hell are you talking about? These pictures are awesome! That first one is as good as any “professional” shot I’ve ever seen. I could keep going, but you don’t need it. *snort*

    But then I have only ever been able to take pictures of my thumb and people without heads, so what do I know? *grin*

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    • John says:

      It’s all about how you sell it. You could claim your photos of headless people is a commentary on how society values bodies over brains. Wrap it it some nice fancy language and next thing you know you’ll have an opening at a gallery!

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