I’ve mentioned before on the blog that last year I went on an amazing trip to the US to teach photography. I had a real blast and picked up a few American sayings such as that along the way. After teaching, I went travelling with my fiance and we had the trip of a lifetime. During our travels I took lots of photos but it was only when showing them to my friends & family I realised that to the average person it might seem I make odd choices of what to photograph on holiday.
I’m okay with that but I thought it might be interesting to explain the method in the madness behind these images.
When we’re on holiday it’s easy peasy to take photos of things like tourist attractions, what you have to eat, famous buildings or superstores etc etc. The downside is that these are exactly the photos that every other tourist is likely to have and that is exactly what I don’t want.
Our experiences aren’t generic by any means so our photos shouldn’t be either. For me it was a once in a lifetime oh my goodness this place is amazing kind of experience, so I wanted to capture what it was like to be there and the way people live their every day lives.
This is why I chose to photograph things that were specific to the exact time and place. Things that can’t be repeated. I know New York has plenty of fast food vans, practically one on every block. But no one else will ever have the exact same photo I do of the man at the counter. Do you get what I mean?
If I was photographing the entrance to my hotel I might look for a couple or a family checking in/out and get an interesting shot of them unpacking their bags from a taxi or the taxi driver talking to the doorman. I would look for the beauty of a moment, both the extraordinary and the mundane. When I look back through these photos I can still feel what it was like to be there.
Here’s New York through my eyes. I hope you enjoy these and if you’ve ever been to New York I’d love to hear your stories and experiences in the comments …