Something happened on this trip. I had a revelation. Nothing dramatic – actually it could very well have passed me by if I wasn’t paying close attention. I can’t even explain it in words, but it is clear to me in the way I am shooting.
I made a decision to only bring my camera and a 50mm lens on this trip. It set me free. I had my camera on me, in fact out and being used, most of the trip. There is something about a smaller set up, without an entourage of lenses and endless options that meant I just shot with the only option I had. I saw everything within the frame of that lens and if it didn’t fit I simply moved closer or further away. Simple. And I never once longed for a different lens. In fact, I loved that I needed to move, get involved, get closer.
Below is really just meant as a snap shot of the trip. Nothing more. They are a journey of inspiration, wandering, the conquering of giant meals, the endless search for “gourmet” coffee, and the absorption of all NYC has to offer. For those wanting something less disjointed, I have 3 series of images that I have come back with, but they will be posted in good time. For now, here’s some adventures we had and I’ll show you what caught my eye in greater detail in coming posts.
Want to know where or what any of the below photos are? Just ask…
To explain a couple:
The girl in the Yale jumper and yellow gumboots is Australian playwright Amelia Roper. Caught up with her and did a couple of portraits at Yale before she took off to Boston, then Russia for performances of some of her plays. Very talented, check her out here.
The shot 5th from the bottom is a religious group singing for our redemption the day before the world was supposed to end.
The shot below the guy looking at the paper mache art is the only shot not taken by me – From left to right – New York photographer Tema Stauffer, Me, Alison Shirley