Until 2018 I had Never been to New York, or Boston, or anywhere else in the USA. This was my first visit and I loved every (well nearly) second of it. Ideally, I would have loved to have sailed by ship, across the Atlantic Ocean. I love going by sea - it gives a much more realistic impression of the size of our planet and allows you to slow down. Whilst air travel is great and makes travel smooch more convenient, it also feeds that 'everything needs to happen now' lifestyle. Still, we went by plane it was a great.
The romantic notion of arrival after 5 days at sea does appeal and I hope one day to experience it. But, the sense of anticipation of experiencing the famous Big Apple was just as real and New York did not disappoint. The images in this portfolio are from that very trip, which included a few days in the historic and distinctly fabulous city of Boston.
November / December 2018
Armed with the work of my photography heroes in my head and an I sea I wanted to follow in the foot steps of the great street and topographic photographers from the last 5 decades I entered New York and Boston with fresh eyes, fantastic opportunities and fabulous light. I'm always interested in the differing architectural vernacular and contracts created in the great cities - old next to new, stone next to steel and glass, brutalist next to colonial, parks, intersections, street furniture.
I loved the surprise views of the Empire State Building, peeking out over and to the side of buildings. Always impressive and charming. There is a photograph by Joel Meyerowitz from his series 'The Empire State' that was constantly in my mind as we worked our way around both New York and Boston.
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