“There are two people you’ll meet in your life. One will run a finger down the index of who you are and jump straight to the parts of you that peak their interest. The other will take his or her time reading through every one of your chapters and maybe fold corners of you that inspired them most. You will meet these two people; it is a given. It is the third that you’ll never see coming. That one person who not only finishes your sentences, but keeps the book.”
Just a lost soul searching for meaning in this world, while I wonder hopelessly in love with the world I live. I love to travel, and try new things, I refuse to admit that I am a hopeless romantic, but I really am.
To be honest, coming to New York City on my own was intimidating. The big lights and sounds in the big bad city. I wasn’t born or even raised in the city so I asked a friend who has actually lived in the city before for some guidance. There was a list of things that I should and should not do but there is one piece of advice that really stuck with me. That I shouldn’t look up at buildings as I walk the streets, that I should always walk like I’m in a hurry and even if I’m lost I should act like I know where I’m going. Essentially she told me I should not to act like a tourist. This was the best advice because it enabled me to blend in a little more easier. Every New Yorker can smell a tourist from a mile away and a lot of them loathe the tourists that come to the city. I didn’t want that, I wanted to adapt to the lifestyle like I’ve lived on the island my whole life. Not only did it give me the ability to blend in easier but it gave me a new perspective and way to think, to always have a definitive direction. To have the mindset of always knowing where I’m going, not just on the streets of the city but in life.
New York City - Dusk Lower East Side
the dusks, twilights,
and blue hours,
are the times when
the city comes alive;
that reside between
the remains of the day
and night’s soliloquy.
Taken a few moments ago with the Sony A7S. It’s rare that I post my in-camera photos so quickly as I usually prefer dwelling on all of their possibilities but this was just too perfect a summation of a moment.
Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):
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I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE RAIN IS GONE