"My love is wider, wider than Victoria Lake. My love is taller, taller than the Empire State..." - Sade, Is It A Crime
When you are a photographer, have not visited New York City in more than twenty years, have only one or two free days in Manhattan at most, and are not sure when you will ever return, deciding what to shoot and then actually doing it can be a bit nerve-wracking.
In my case, the good news is, with just a little planning (ok, a lot of planning), everything I shot would be gravy. Me, taking photos. New York City. All good, all the time.
Or, as my mom used to say, "What's not to love?"
The bad news? Ah...psych! There is no bad news. Didn't you hear what I just said? All good all the time!
Seriously, this had to be my attitude. The amount of visual stimuli in New York City is overwhelming, and no matter how long my visit, I was not going to make up for decades of missed photo ops in such a short time. To dwell on what I couldn't shoot before I had to leave would be pointless.
And so, my game plan for Day One, which really was more of a battle plan, was twofold: take the touristy Circle Line Cruise ship on it's morning trek around Manhattan, snagging as many skyline and bridge shots of the city from as many vantage points as possible, then scoot up to the top of the Empire State Building for a late afternoon urban vista that, while a bit cliché, is one not every photographer gets to experience.
Due to my circumstances, quantity won out over quality. Although, to be honest, the "quality" of my shooting would be there as well. In fact, it had to be. I'm an artist. But you know what I mean. Rather than taking my time, I would be subjected to a whirlwind of shooting.
I was up to it...
Friday will bring one final day to spend in the city shooting, then it's off to Long Island, place of my birth, to witness my past and my future collide with great force.
Hopefully, there will be no casualties... :)
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