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Nothing prepared me for New York
Old 12-24-2019   #1
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Nothing prepared me for New York

Well l still have not got over new York, the sensory overload will stay with me for ever, its a photographers paradise, an amazing city. Storm Ezekiel blew in, however l still managed to get a few good shots, my mobile phone also died on the second day which meant had to rely on the wife's phone but hey ho what a trip.
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Mike,

I agree: a shooter's paradise.

I'm lucky that I live in NYC.

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Nice shots, glad you enjoyed. Must get back there soon. Hurricane Sandy blew in just as we left.
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I agree: a shooter's paradise.

I'm lucky that I live in NYC.

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l stopped mid town, koved the whole experience
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Back in the mid-80's I was working as a machinist in a shop that had a couple guys from NY working there too. When I told them I was going to Rhode Island for a wedding and would be going to NYC too, they all said to 'Bring your gun'.
My most lasting memory of that trip was taking the express subway up town to the Met. It rivaled any of Disneyland's E ticket rides at the time.
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NYC is Disneyland for adults. I am glad that I am only about 1.5 hours away and can visit for fun a few times each year, either for a long day trip or for a weekend. I think living there would become a love/hate thing after about 6 months, even if I could afford a decent apartment.
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Fun imagery Mike !!
NY just like I pictured it ... well done
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Mike, I was only thinking about you the other day and wonder how you got on in NY. So glad you enjoyed it. I did some years back and found the people very friendly though I know it gats a bad rap. I would definitely go again if I could though there’s so many places yet to visit. I did Chicago this year.
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NY just like I pictured it ... well done

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Mike, I was only thinking about you the other day and wonder how you got on in NY. So glad you enjoyed it. I did some years back and found the people very friendly though I know it gats a bad rap. I would definitely go again if I could though there’s so many places yet to visit. I did Chicago this year.
Hey Paul, Merry Christmas mate, Chicago is next on my list, as well as a re-visit to new York
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Back in the mid-80's I was working as a machinist in a shop that had a couple guys from NY working there too. When I told them I was going to Rhode Island for a wedding and would be going to NYC too, they all said to 'Bring your gun'.
My most lasting memory of that trip was taking the express subway up town to the Met. It rivaled any of Disneyland's E ticket rides at the time.
I found the subway fascinating, confusing , a whole bag of stimulatory things, near Harlem I got into a great conversation with a bunch of heavily tattooed locals, tattoo being a common talking ground, we took off our tops to compare my English tattoos and their Ed Harley style American tattoos.
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NYC is Disneyland for adults. I am glad that I am only about 1.5 hours away and can visit for fun a few times each year, either for a long day trip or for a weekend. I think living there would become a love/hate thing after about 6 months, even if I could afford a decent apartment.

Saw soma amazing apartments near Central Park, shudder to think what the cost surrounding those would be
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Fun imagery Mike !!
NY just like I pictured it ... well done
Cheers, your appreciation means a lot to me, you must burn through a lot of film living in a city such as new York
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I agree: a shooter's paradise.

I'm lucky that I live in NYC.

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Cal the whole place is amazing, l was in sensory overload, like Yogi bear between two picnic baskets
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I’m sorry I missed you, Mike. I would have been happy to meet up for coffee but I didn’t realize you were here until you had already gone.

I’m glad you had a good time and got some good shooting in. I’ve spent a lifetime here and I still haven’t run out of things to photograph. No matter how much time you allot to a trip to NYC, it’s never quite enough to do and see all you want to.

I hope you’re able to return before long. Let me know if you do!
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Did you step out into traffic, have a cab screech to a halt just inches from you, you slam its hood and yell "I'm walkin' over heeyahh!"
If not, you did not have a New York moment.
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Garry Winnogran shot around midtown a lot in his early career. Mostly between Macy's on 34th to 59th Street. He found an entire universe there.

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Saw soma amazing apartments near Central Park, shudder to think what the cost surrounding those would be
Mike,

"Billionair's Row" is 57th Street. You will see mucho tall skinny buildings that form a tall skyline. The Condos are either entire floors with 360 degreee views or two or even three entire floors with 360 degree views.

Another expensive location where the wealthy have built "bunkers" in in the lower 70's near Fifth Avenue. There are entire blocks that are only occupied by their respective owners for 3 months a year. For the UBER weathly they use LLC's to disguise ownership so property cannot be confiscated. Many are Russian Oliarchs and wealthy Asians.

Basically 90 day visas are exploited to avoid paying taxes, and these people are wealthy enough to live in 4 different countries to avoid paying taxes. The rich say, "No one ever got rich by paying taxes."

Jeff Bezos bought an apartment near the Flat Iron Building; it has been reported that his kitchen is on one block, and his bedroom on another.

Meanwhile I live in a 650 square foot apartment with a fashion blogger in Madhattan. You could be in the top 10% and still not be wealthy enough to own an apartment.

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I find a smaller city with less activity better for street work...but glad you enjoyed it, definitely no lack of subjects, it's just overload to me when I went there.
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Each to their own, I avoid NYC like the plague. Dirty, congested, rude and dangerous. (avoid underground subway stations in Brooklyn after dark). i prefer small villages for my street shots.


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I love NYC. Finding quiet moments in the midst of all the chaos is what I like most about NYC street photography.

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Love it, it gives you bubbles in the blood. I used to come over to NY almost monthly and the all night lifestyle suited my jet lag well.

When I first came I brought a bag of gear, as I got used to stuff my Ricoh GR1 was all that was needed. It is the one camera I regret selling...but I guess it would have broken by now.
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Love, love, love New Yawk (thanks, Helen!)… the sights, the buzz, but especially, the people. Never a dull moment.

As a born and bred Londoner I look upon NY as London’s brash younger sister.
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Might I suggest that you explore the outer boros on your next trip!
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NYC just voted as the rudest and dirtiest city in U.S. in a recent poll.

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I find a smaller city with less activity better for street work...but glad you enjoyed it, definitely no lack of subjects, it's just overload to me when I went there.
You just have to find the rhythm... or go to areas with less activity or during times with less activity. If you had lived there, you'd have figure it out.
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I love New York. One of the few places I wanted to move to after visiting (from London). So awe inspiring visually, bold in its execution and so much fun to be had all over. The people were great too.
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Love, love, love New Yawk (thanks, Helen!)… the sights, the buzz, but especially, the people. Never a dull moment.

As a born and bred Londoner I look upon NY as London’s brash younger sister.
Thank You Brian !
I certainly enjoyed meeting, hanging, with You & the Mrs.... Great fun !
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NYC just voted as the rudest and dirtiest city in U.S. in a recent poll.

So what else is new?
I've been hearing that for years...
New York simply is not for everybody!

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NYC just voted as the rudest and dirtiest city in U.S. in a recent poll.

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In many visits to NYC I have never experienced any rudeness, and any New Yorker would spot me as an out-of-towner. That poll is wrong on that count. As for dirty, it is much, much cleaner than it was in the 1980's, and I think at least two mid-Atlantic cities that I know personally are dirtier. So I think the poll is suspect on that count too.
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A decade back, I lived in NYC for a couple of years; dirty it is not, at least not anymore; and most of the folks I encountered kept to themselves (like myself, as an introvert) or were friendly, and not in a disingenuously ingratiating manner.

NYC’s problem is a problem that afflicts most American cities; encroaching plutocracy. The soul gets ripped out, and in place of it, materialistic gloss and lots of nail salons (not that any of this was absent from NYC at any period, but there are degrees).

So sure, maybe the crime of Time Square needed to be eradicated, but in its place they’ve installed an anodyne Disney Land peppered with national chains that could be readily found in most any mall.

Character gets pushed aside, as small diverse storefronts and ma & pa joints fall to clean, capacious, glassy or marble facades announcing their upscale corporate ownership. More importantly, the flavor of the locals begins to increasingly meld more towards the vapid avaricious.

To be sure, NYC is immense, and parts still hold the grit and house the wonderful freaks. It remains one of the better joints to visit or, if you can afford it, live in. Yet, when a one bedroom in Bushwick starts demanding roughly US$2000 monthly, the spirit struggles; and the artists (dirty word) actually start fleeing to LA (if that’s not the sign of the apocalypse, I don’t know what is).

After NYC, spent more than four years in Asheville, NC; was curious about the small-town thing. There, I learned that I needed to be a) north of the Mason-Dixon, and b) surrounded by large buildings. Photographically, it would have been ideal had I been a nature lover; but then again, I’m the type of person who complained that Central Park was disruptively expansive…more concrete please.

And in Asheville, there are only so many streets along which to stroll. Still, the experience perhaps encouraged me to look even closer, the nooks and crannies, and to value the variety that light brings to the same trodden upon spot (yeah, I know, some of you have so much incredible intellect and will power that you don’t need no stinkin’ tiny town to teach ya’ a thing; God bless you).

Now in Chicago, where, for various reasons, I will stay put. But, as for past residences, I will particularly miss Tokyo, so remarkably vibrant and dynamic---and great camera stores!

But for me, street photography ain’t easy irrespective the city’s size, which makes short visits all the more challenging given the urgency to photograph within a limited timeframe. Even in NYC or Tokyo, I could walk around for an hour or more and come back with only one or two photos, both of them remarkably bad.
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As for New York, I've always loved it. Older buildings midtown and downtown are great photographic subjects, plus the everyday lives of people there. Colors can be fantastic at times even in the city.
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