New York City has street fairs every weekend in different parts of the city and at one weekend, it was right in the heart of the city – roads were blocked off from traffic for about 5 blocks. As a matter of city planning, a fire engine, police cars and ambulance will always be parked nearby. By today’s standards, these ageing chariots of heroes are still very much part of the city’s identity like the yellow taxis. While these vehicles may have seen better years, they are full of character and represents the depth of history of the city.
The essence of street photography is to either capture what will not ever come by again or to capture everyday elements in a manner that most do not normally “see” as people pass on by. This shot of a newly wed couple was taken outside the New York municipal office for registration of new marriages. What surprised me after the shot was taken was the expression of the event photographer. Of course seeing the bridal couple buying and having hotdogs on their wedding day – was a surprise to me.
I saw this bright brass and red hydrant sticking out of a wall of a building, on a street I was walking along – returning from Central Park. I realised straight away, that it would make for a wonderful full sized mural on a wall. Inexplicable.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is a mecca for art lovers. Regardless whether one is contemporary or modern art lover, the MOMA showcases some of the most fabulous works of modern times. Andy Warhol a native New Yorker has many dramatic pieces displayed at the MOMA and this photographed here was singularly featured on a wall. The proportions here belies the overall size of the work. Regardless of whether one is able to appreciate Warhol’s work as art, his work has made a deep impact on the psyche of New Yorkers and Americans. Many of his works are now seen as iconic representation of his generation.
The Brooklyn Bridge is an old bridge that is undergoing some repairs but it’s still a popular place for both tourists and visitors to the city. Sunset is the best time to be there to catch the spectacular light on the bridge and the twilight colours over the water. This image was converted to black and white to take away any distraction of the two key focal points of the image. The skyline and the intricate lattice of steel cables.
The view from the Empire State cannot be adequately described in words. Every time I am in New York, I find myself returning to the top to photograph the great skyline. Truly a concrete island but it has so much to offer to visitors. Especially photographers who enjoy street shooting.
On the last day of my trip to Hanoi in March 2011 I noticed that the alley ways in the Old District all had differing uses and sizes. Some were wide enough for cars to get through while many are just about three body lengths wide allowing motorbikes and lots of wires and clothes hanging out of windows. This one alley I chanced upon was just dimly lit bare concrete with no windows and hardly any light flowing through but a small doorway on the right about 20 feet into the alley. I just happen to have my camera in hand when this boy came out of the shadows with his bicycle and he stopped just for a moment to snap this and he disappeared back into the darkness .