Hello from NYC…
These past two weeks have flown by. I’ve toyed with the idea of moving here and this trip has wooed me further. However, I love London and the 24-hour assignment couldn’t have been more accurately timed. Getting to see my backyard in a whole new light was exactly what I needed before escaping to a potential new home. NY is a fantasy, but one I like to hold close. What I enjoyed about the assignment was walking the streets I knew but with a sense of awareness. Instead of blindly my way through the bustle of Ridley road I floated curiously. I wasn’t going anywhere. I didn’t need anything.
Photographing the familiar is a struggle for me. I avoid shooting close family or friends as I presume the results will never do our intimacy justice, just like trying to shoot a beautiful sunset. Perhaps that’s my next challenge. However what differs with photographing the people I know rather than these public places is that my relationship with them is individually familiar. Many people walk down Ridley road and see what I see.
I feel lucky to live in a city where even the things I see daily still visually entice me. Perhaps sometimes seeing something we see everyday can unite our relationship to it and transform it into a personal experience. I hope that this assignment can teach me to be more mindful of the ground I tread, even when I’m just heading to the shops.