I recently returned from a short trip to New York City with my husband and step-daughter. It had been about 15 years since I last visited, and my husband had never been at all.
Of course, I had been looking forward to taking street shots where so many amazing images come from, while also balancing the need to enjoy the city with my family at the same time.
We took a cab from the airport, and by the time we got into Manhattan, it was bumper-to-bumper traffic. Plus, there was construction around the route to our hotel, so that didn’t help. As a result, we asked the driver to let us out a few blocks away from our hotel since walking would be faster.
On the way to the hotel, it was already apparent to me just how different the vibe is from Toronto, even though we are a big city as well. I believe New Yorkers have more of a relationship with the street. Even within a short distance, I saw shopkeepers and workers standing outside their door, either people-watching themselves, or chatting to neighbours and customers. And the habits of construction workers in NYC are altogether different from Toronto. I assume our workers have breaks during their workdays, but we rarely see them standing on the street smoking or eating their lunch. In Manhattan, workers were easily spotted by their orange vests and since it was lunchtime then, many were sitting outside delis and corner stores eating their meals.
Since the city has almost three times as many people as Toronto in a much smaller space, the streets were a lot busier than I’m used to. In Toronto, if I want to meet a steady stream of people, I feel like I’m limited to our financial district and major tourist spots downtown.
I normally don’t process my photos too much as I feel street photography doesn’t need much embellishment. It’s the subject and the compositions that I feel are most important. In the end, I did use the Fuji Velvia film simulation which gives the images a more saturated look.
Here are a few images from our first day in NYC. More to come in the days to come. In the meantime, enjoy!