Dorian and I flew to New York to meet with my old boss from 20-20 and his wife to be tourists. A good time to re-visit some of my favorite sites: Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Ground Zero, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. New York is a wonderful place for walk-around street photography. There is always something interesting to see. It's interesting to return several times to a place to see what new images can be captured. The differences in season, time of day, our own disposition, and random occurrences all help to create variety and serendipity. As we build our bodies of work around certain subjects, it's always good to have different perspectives...it gives some depth to your collection.
We also managed to spend an afternoon at the NY Photo Festival in Brooklyn. I enjoyed touring some of the galleries but my boss was not into some of the "fine art" photography on display. To be honest, I really don't understand some of the photography that is shown these days. I can really appreciate a landscape or photo journalism project, but the images of a dumpster in an empty parking lot and the x-rays of a toy (a whole wall full of them) just doesn't resonate with me. Well, I'm not about to get into a rant about the state of contemporary photographic art...maybe I'm just not there yet on the cerebral level. I look for images I can relate to and be inspired by. I don't have to like it, but if it communicates a message or emotion, then I enjoy the viewing experience.
Some goodies from Times Square, this place was really hopping on a Friday night: