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New York City | Film Photography

Last October was my first time in New York City. In fact it was the first time in any big city, and to top it off I was completely alone. Why did I chose to shoot only film photography? Because I had no fucking clue what I was doing, that's why. Not with film or in the city. Ha!

Earlier in the morning, I met two gentlemen at the Brooklyn Bridge Park to start their sunrise engagement session. They toured me around Brooklyn and through my first subway ride over to part of Central Park to capture some iconic staples of NYC. After we finished up the photo shoot, I decided to walk around and explore.

The city truly swept me off my feet. Terrified before arriving in the city (partially because I am a mountain girl and the other because NYC is suppose to be a scary place, right?), I decided to let go of any presumptions I had previously. Going at it with an open mind, I spent 8 hours venturing the streets of New York City by myself taking advice from my client given at the completion of our session that morning.

You don’t discover the city, the city discovers you.
— Joey Coppedge

And he couldn't have been more on point. In a mass of tall buildings and flock of people, I couldn't have felt more alone. In the heart of chaos in fast pace living, I couldn't have felt more calm. With irony came peace.

I decided to shoot film because sometimes as a photographer you can get caught up in trying to capture too much to the point that it takes away from your experience. With film, you get one shot. No instant preview with "I can do it better" or "I got to get another shot." One click. I'm done. Having been my first roll of film ever I had no clue how the photos would turn out, but that was all part of the excitement. Just as my city adventure of not knowing how the trip would transpire, no map, and just walking wherever I was drawn to, I lived for the essence of that moment for exactly what it was without expectation.

Here are a few of my favorites from Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, and of course The Waldorf-Astoria because Serendipity is my all time favorite movie!

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grand central station
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