Living In New York City - Losing My Religion

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The cold is knocking on the door. I can hear it on the other side and I'm just not ready. This guy is just fine in the mid-thirties, but any colder and we have a problem. It's not necessarily how gold it gets, it's the prolonged exposure to the cold that grinds my gears. What can I say? I was born in sunny Southern California on what (I assume) was a hot July day. Interestingly, and perhaps predictably, this blessing of being a warm weather child is causing me to slow down when it comes to shooting pictures now. Normally, this would be annoying to me, but I think I need it, and here is why: They say you should never meet your hero. This is to keep you from being disappointed in who they really are. Just normal, average (if lucky), everyday people or things that do or did extraordinary things. New York is a legendary, almost cliche, city to be a street photographer in. There are many of us here and it's not hard to find subject to shoot, but it's hard to shoot them in a way someone else hasn't. I've always wanted my images to invite viewers into creating their own narrative of the image. Just the fact that an image I took can do that to someone else is astonishing to me! Lately, it has been harder to create images that don't feel like parlor tricks. So, it's taking me longer, I'm taking my time, and really trying to take an analog approach to my shooting. Mostly, I just pretend that the FujiFilm X100s is a Leica M2. Set everything to manual and I don't look at images right after I take them. My SD card stays in my camera for a week or two but thats about as long as roll of film can last me during slow times. I do miss film, that would make me even more slow right now and, may be an option for the future. For now, I need to worry about more pressing maters. Like where to find a warm pair of shoes and gloves. 

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