My wife and daughters just returned from a week long trip to New York City. For my wife and youngest daughter it was their third visit during the six years we now have been living in the US.
We love living in a rural area in South Carolina, and although our family is divided on the question whether we could live in a place like New York its diversity of architecture, cultural mix, and entertainment opportunities pulls all of us like a magnet.
Not only because of the great landmarks: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and so much more. Also, and far more entertaining, because of the people. Locals and tourists provide an ever changing palette of colors and behaviors against the Big Apple's backdrop of high rises, neon signs, yellow cabs and the never ceasing sounds of a big city.
I unfortunately have been to this bustling melting pot only once, and I definitely want to go back. The images below are some impressions from that visit, published in a magazine-size photo book.
All pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and the Fujinon 18mm and 35mm lenses.
Street, architectural, and city-scape images usually appeal to me most when created in black and white. Not having any color accents distracting from the main image subjects helps me focusing on forms, lines, and the situation at hand.
NYPD, 2012black and white image of the New York Police Department post building in central Manhattan, New York City, NY The Sky Is The Limit, 2012black and white picture of Trump International Building and globe near Central Park, New York Empire In The Sun, 2012black and white image of the Empire State building in New York City, NY, as it appears between other buildings
IAC, 2012black and white image of the IAC building, in New York City. Headquarters for Barry Diller's Interactive Corporation; designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2007. Time Warner Center 2, 2012black and white image of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in New York City, NY Time Warner Center 1, 2012black and white image of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in New York City, NY
New York 1, 2012black and white overview picture of New York City as seen from the Empire State Building MetLife, 2012black and white image of Manhattan and the MetLife building, New York City, NY, as seen from Empire State Building
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, 2012black and white picture of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tower on Manhattan, New York Flat Iron, 2012black and white picture of the Flat Iron building on Manhattan, New York
Clock Tower Building, 2012black and white image of the Clock Tower Building in Brooklyn, NY Welcome to Brooklyn, 2012black and white image of the Welcome To Brooklyn sign, under Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA Manhattan From Brooklyn 1, 2012black and white picture of Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn Manhattan From Brooklyn 2, 2012black and white picture of Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn
Sometimes however, color is a must have! This might seem contradictory to what I just stated above, but whereas in general black and white is my preferred setting for street and city-scapy photography color can help focusing on accents, juxtapositions, providing additional layers of texture, or just capturing the vibrancy of a city like New York.
Compare the picture below with the first black and white picture above. Actually the same image rendered in black and white, and in color. I would be hard pressed if asked which one I actually like more; both have their own appeal. Which one do you like most?
NYPD Color, 2012color image of the New York Police Department post building in central Manhattan, New York City, NY Naked Cowboy, 2012color image of Times Square in New York City, with the singing naked cowboy Disney Forever 21, 2012color image of a wall with advertisements in on Times Square, New York City Dow Fashions, 2012color image of a stock ticker banner in New York City Xinhua, 2012color image of a steet scene in New York CIty
Bloomberg, 2012color image of a street scene near Broadway, New York City The Late Show, 2012color image of the Late Show WIth David Letterman sign in New York City NYC Taxi, 2012New York City streetscene with a yellow cab in front of the Late Show sign Broadway Cinderella, 2012color image of the Cinderella sign on Broadway, New York City