Ah yes! The wonderful Financial District, the area we have all seen under such scrutiny this year! No bailout plan was going to keep Michael and I warm on this cold Analogue Field trip. To be honest, I don’t think Michael and I even thought once about the economy that day. It felt great to have the Holga and Diana F+ in our hands and just roam the southern most part of Manhattan! You can become a fan of Michael’s converted Diana on Facebook! It is really something to see. You can now shoot the Diana with Strobes! Michael will be posting on Digalogue this week on how to! He is just waiting for the lab to develop the film to show you some before and after shots.
In particular the financial district would not be a place I normally would photograph, but earlier in the week I had gone down there for work and found some interesting attractions! Inspiration hit us as soon as we walked out the doors of the South Ferry Terminal. We headed west and then north. Along the way we captured images around the World Financial Center, which can be seen in the image above. Michael captured some great color photographs. Be sure to check them out.
Michael’s image of the blinking traffic light has a little bit of a light leak due to the fact that the roll of film did not ravel tightly, but the leak works in his favor. The element of surprise when getting film back from the lab is like having your birthday everyday. The present is always better than you had wished. This bicycle was in the lot and well I thought it was the most hilarious thing. If I rode a bike to work, think about how much money I would save on metrocards! Speaking of Bicycles it reminds me of my buddies at Project Tandem! I hope they are doing well on their bicycle adventures around the United States.
Sorry for the tangent.
After we came across the parking lot, it was now basically perfect lighting around 3:30 p.m. when we found the Irish Hunger Memorial. For those of you who don’t know about the Memorial it is basically a reminder for all the Irish who died during the famine between years 1845 and 1852. This memorial is so beautifully done, giving the feeling that you are stepping out of NYC into Ireland. For myself when I was photographing, I kept in mind the juxtaposition of Nature vs City. The evening light really made everything glow. Couldn’t have asked for a better time and Memorial to shoot. Here are a few images Michael and I captured. If you click on the image it will take to you to the rest of the photographs!
Now, I am off to the Camera Club of New York to see F295: Exploring 21st Century Photography gallery show displaying some amazing alternative photographs. Some dear friends Gabriel Biderman and David Brommer are in the show. I will be reporting back with some Polaroids of the event!