The People of New York City in March
I just returned from a 4 day trip to NYC. It wasn’t a photography trip, it was a family vacation. My family has always been very patient with me and would never expect me to leave the camera behind. My kids grew up seeing me with a camera in my hand every day, it’s an extension of who I am. But I want to show them that there are moments that don’t need to be immortalized in pixels to remain in our hearts forever so I make an extra effort to let go a little of what has become the major focus in my life.
During those personal trips I don’t make plans to meet any photographer friends and I only grab a shot here and there without the luxury of waiting for the decisive moment. It’s definitely more of a challenge because, as street photographers, we often have to wait for the right subject to enter the frame to get the shot we envisioned. Removing that important part of the hunt definitely complicates things. I use this extra challenge as an exercise. With so few pictures on my memory card, will I have any keepers at the end of the day? The hardest part is to be able to remain calm and not get frustrated when I miss great photo opportunities. I often have to take a deep breath and remind myself that it’s only a picture, and that the streets of NYC will still be there when I lead my next photo workshop later this year. I know some of you are rolling your eyes, wondering what the big deal is. But I know that many of you know exactly the feeling I’m talking about.
New York is one of those rare places that I see equally in color and B&W. Here are some of the people of NYC (and other miscellaneous things) that caught my eye during the weekend.
Let’s start with color…
Peace and Justice for all at the Starbucks Reserve.
Sometimes the right subject comes around the corner on a perfect backdrop as you are walking by and you can’t believe your luck. This was one of those quick shots that was well worth jumping with both feet in a puddle between two parked cars. The eye contact was the cherry on the cake, even if the focus is a bit soft on the subject.
Other times you see a great backdrop and hope that the human element will be strong enough to make an interesting shot.
The girl and the birds. Other times you walk by a stranger and see a story, even if it is the hair and hat color combination that first caught your attention.
Three yellow cats, one with an eye patch.
And a bright yellow wall. If is wan’t for the ever present smartphone, this picture would have been quite timeless…
Night time and the common sight of steam rising from the NYC grates.
Now in B&W…
It was a windy day in Central Park, some of the paths were quite deserted and people were hurrying to get away from the wind.
There will always be readers at the beautiful Strand book store on Broadway.
Meanwhile, waiting outside the deli…
We finished another busy day at the pub around the corner
where I caught the musicians on a break.
During the visit of Ellis Island, I was quite taken by the large windows, the symmetry and the reflections in the impressive immigrants’ registration hall. I can’t miss an opportunity to photograph a silhouette when I find a location like this. Thankfully, a lone subject entered my frame almost immediately and I caught up with the rest of the family on the tour.
So, if you are a photography nut like me, here is my piece of advice. Next time you’re on a short family vacation, use the limitations as an exercise. Don’t get frustrated when you miss a great photo opportunity in the streets. Some moments are still best captured by our senses.
Enjoy and please leave a comment below. Thanks for your continued support!