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The High Line

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Yesterday, the high for New York City was listed as 55°F, and when I looked at the reported temperature around noon, it said 59°F. (Please note this is the first week of March we’re talking about here.) It was an incredible day. Somewhat unfortunately, I spent the first half of it lounging in bed with my two new adopted cats. (They came with our sublet in Brooklyn.) Thankfully, Tristan called and inspired me to abandon my cuddly friends so that we could meet in Manhattan and go for a photo walk. I extended the invite on to Alex, and while brainstorming places to go, we discovered that none of us had ever been to the High Line, despite all having lived in NYC for a good while since they built it, and all having wanted to go!

So, off we went, from our respective corners of the city, and with our respective camera equipment. The day was indeed remarkably warm upon first setting out, although I was a bit apprehensive about the amount of wind (especially since I had been a bit cocky with my attire, wearing only a t-shirt and light jacket on top). I found Tristan in Manhattan soon after he bought some new film (yeah, he’s one of those), and we met Alex at the High Line.

New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on March 5, 2011.

Now, the High Line was cool – I don’t deny that. I love it in concept, and I do like it in practice… But, it didn’t quite meet all of my grand wild expectations. Maybe I just wasn’t in the greatest of moods because the wind picked up dramatically (and the temperature dropped accordingly) almost the moment we climbed up, but in my opinion, the “park” is kind of short (spanning only about 8 or 10 blocks) and laid out a bit too much like a track and not enough like a park. (I realize that is fitting, considering what they were building upon. EDIT: I just looked it up and it turns out “Section 2″ is opening up later this Spring, and it’s going to have a lot of cool features that would make me like the whole park a lot more – including a lawn!)

I don’t know. I just felt cold, and rather stressed. Then again, wind always stresses me out, and mobs of people don’t help either. (We weren’t the only ones who had the idea of walking the High Line on such a nice day, or what was one a few hours prior.) So, I didn’t feel very creative, and I certainly didn’t take very many photos, but it was great to have a chance to hang out with Tristan (who doesn’t often get away from med school in the Bronx) and Alex all the same.

New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on March 5, 2011.

Back in “the” city

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Well, somehow I’ve made my way once again back to New York City. After France, I spent a mildly painful (but extremely productive and satisfying) two months shut up in my room in MN preparing my portfolio and applying to graduate schools (namely SVA Interaction Design, Parsons Design & Technology, NYU Tisch ITP, and RISD Digital + Media). I took a short trip out East to visit said schools, and then ran away to Alaska for almost a month to relax / visit Catie’s family / remember how to be a somewhat normal social human being again. Somewhere along the way, Catie and I decided that we would come back to the city early this Spring so that while I (we) waited to hear back about whether I got into school somewhere, I could coach tennis again, start working on iOS projects with other people (and perhaps do a few photography jobs again as well), and hopefully make a little bit of money. (Nothing I do will even remotely register against my forthcoming graduate-school-shaped abyss of debt, but I figure I should at least try to scramble above zero before I take the plunge.) We have a temporary two month sublet set up for March and April, after which (if my hopes and dreams aren’t completely dashed four for four) we will find a more permanent living arrangement.

It’s odd being back in this place all of a sudden, especially on a potentially long-term basis… But, I love it here. I feel comfortable. The rhythms of NYC have obviously lain dormant and persistent inside of me during my absence, as they sprung back into action instantly upon my return. I know when to cross the street, no matter what the traffic signals. I pride myself in expertly weaving through shifting crowds on the sidewalk. I bask in the periodic breaks from the action above while sitting on the subway, listening to audiobooks and people-watching to my heart’s content. It all just makes sense to me.

Of course, I still can’t help thinking about all the other places I’ve been lately, and everything I’m missing by being back here… That’s a stupid way to think, I know – especially when NYC has so much. I’m going to try to just make the most of this place while I’m here this time, and trust that Catie and I will invariably find ourselves out and about in the world once again, someday soon, and that we will make the most of those new places when we find them.

In line with that optimistic proactive note, I spent yesterday afternoon camera-walking around Central Park with my old college friend and talented graphic designer Alex Berger. He recently upgraded from my old D70 (that I sold him circa 2006) to a D7000 (an upgrade of 100x, if you’re counting!), so we took it out for a spin, and I brought along my D3 as well.

New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on February 27, 2011.

Although not a great deal of it has made its way onto this blog (yet), I continue to shoot a lot of manual-exposure high contrast black and white straight-out-of-the-camera JPG images… My whole photographic style seems to be evolving. Not only am I exposing images differently, but I find myself forming compositions that I probably would have despised two years ago. Maybe my eye is maturing as I get older (my 26th birthday was just a couple weeks ago), or maybe I just keep getting bored with myself. Either way, I find the shift interesting.

New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on February 27, 2011.