We were spoilt with our trip to Top of the Rock. Properly spoilt. We arrived before sunset and watched the sun go down over New York. In the distance we could see planes, ships, cars, bridges, and hills. I was surprised at how flat the entire area was.Read More
The view above is what we woke up to every morning in Brooklyn. It was quiet a view. If you stuck your head out the window you could just about see the Manhattan Bridge too. Now I’m all for independent businesses over chains but this hotel had that view and waffles for breakfast from a machine that sounded like Jimmy Carr laughing. That view though.
A rainy day in NYC. We went for a wander to Soho and the Leica store where I bought a copy of the official Leica mag which featured an interview with Sarah Lee and her work in LA which was great. There was also an exhibition of work in Cuba that was stunning. After that we went shopping because it was really quite cold in the rain. We tried to get into one of those trendy bakeries but the queues were really absurd. I didn’t fancy spending an hour or two of my time in NYC waiting for a doughnut.
We wake up to this incredible view from our hotel window. I told Hampton Hotel I was a photographer and they gave us a great view. It never failed to disappoint. Though I’m not sure what the buildings are in the photo, other than One World Trade Centre.
We had a bit more of a chilled out day planned. A trip to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Dumbo and then One World Trade Centre.
Day 5 in NYC. Our first full day going to Manhattan from Brooklyn and our first go on the subway which is a never ending source of interesting people.
Our day started at the Flatiron Building. It’s home to the Daily Bugle and basically just a cool looking building. I’ve wanted to see it for years. Oddly I never noticed the 3 ripples in the side before. We turn around and there’s the Empire State Building. Nice. Read More
I had this idea recently about a street photography workshop with a difference. No messing around with being a leaf on the wind or sight beyond sight. This would be a discussion of ethics.
The basic idea I had was you get a group and split it in two. One group is taken on a normal workshop. The other group then street photos the first. The idea being that the first group learns to empathise with those that they would be photographing.
It’s just an idea and I’m no way running it. I just thought that maybe we need to have more empathy with people rather than seeing people on the street as lens fodder. If everyone is a street photographer now then no-one is. We’re all just people photographing strangers for social media likes. Street photography is about the people. Get to know them and maybe you’ll get better photos.