Before last month it had been 12 years since I had last been back to New York city, and that’s mainly because when I go to book a holiday I want it to be somewhere new to explore. I have so much love for New York and was very happy to be visiting again after such a long time. I stayed in Brooklyn this time round instead of Manhattan, as I wanted to get a feel of more living like a local instead of running around the city like a tourist.
I could talk a lot about the city and what new things I came across, but being a portrait photographer I’m going to focus on the people I met. The first couple of days I spent exploring Manhattan and yes I did find some of the New Yorkers quite unfriendly and always in a rush, some may say it’s similar to Central London and they would be right. Thankfully I started the ‘six hours, six faces’ project – where I take portraits of six people that best sum up the city I’m visiting, in Brooklyn, where it’s a slower paste and you encounter more locals than tourists.
I met this guy in a park in Brooklyn, where he was on a break from work with his colleague. What you can’t fully read behind the guy is the words ‘ Live your dream’ when he opened his arms, that best summed up what I was feeling at that moment.
This is Zak, a friend of a friend. the photoshoot included endless laughter and silliness, photographed in Wiliamsburg.
This is Neil, my cousin who I visited the day before (it had also been 12 years since I last saw him), he was a kid back then. Now a husband and man with his own business, which he enjoyed immensely. It was great to see how great his life had turned out, there’s no better feeling than seeing your loved ones do well in life.
This is Durier, who I met a few days earlier and was happy to be photographed and be a part of the portrait series, this ranked high in one of my favourite portrait sessions in New York, because of how much fun we had. For a living he’s a TV producer, which means he’s use to directing all day. On that day, I got to direct him, which he found mildly entertaining. Photographed in Soho.
This gentleman I photographed while I was in downtown Manhattan, he was reluctant at first to have his portrait taken, however I think I won him over, he gave me less than a minute to photograph him before he got back to work.
I met this police office while I was waiting for someone in Manhattan, he was on a coffee break (I will leave it at that). He was very friendly and I would have liked to carry on talking to him, but as I mentioned before everyone in Manhattan is always in a rush (he did have a good excuse after all).
I look forward to the next city I come across and the new faces I meet there. Until next time.