Digging into my arsenal of old tricks, I was carrying on what I started doing in Toronto now here in my first days here in New York.
A fellow Toronto native stopping in Brooklyn for some pictures. Makeup by Adaliz Tabar.
New York in the rain
This is one of the very first photos I took when I arrived in New York. It really captures the mood of New York this week, where the weather has been blah.
There something about it though in the rain that makes the photo. The moodiness and the old buildings come out better in the rain, all that grey and brown. It captures that griminess of New York so well.
New York City circa 2004
If you should find yourself in the New York City area I would highly recommend going to the International Center for Photography (ICP) and checking out the Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best exhibition going on till August 28th.
When I started to make the transition to shooting portraits Erwitt was one of the photographers that I really admired and had a profound influence on me.
He shot with such an uncanny natural ability like he was almost not even there depicting people at their most intimate moments. The only other person who I ever thought captured life as real was Robert Frank…one of my personal favourite photographers. Erwitt’s photos invoke a feeling like you are there at that very moment when the picture was taken, transcending emotion and setting all in one.
If you can make it out to ICP please do so or check out more of Elliott Erwitt’s work online.
Above photo of New York skyline by Elliott Erwitt © 1955
New York, New York
It’s been nearly six and a half years since I’ve left Toronto for New York. Myself like others have come to the city for greater opportunities and career aspirations of grander. New York is much like many other cosmopolitan centers where people have come from afar and relocated to the big city, some of which come to mind are London, Berlin, Los Angeles and even Toronto.
With such a great influx of people, New York has a migration of people leaving as well. 2011 marks a time where at least 3 of my friends have left/are leaving New York. As much as we see it as this great place for opportunities and change, New York is very much a grind and after some time, it’s on to the next thing. It’s a little sad to see friends move on, but I’m glad that they are going down a different road that makes them happy.
Above photo of Chinatown, NY NY circa 2008.
Thanks to Christine at Lovingly Simple for a very extensive write up! I’m very thankful for all the flattering praise about my work, it’s good to know that all the hard work has had a positive effect on some people.
Above photo Metric circa June 2009.