Last September Rebecca and I flew to New York City to host our first edition of NYCWLK, an informal photo walk and social gathering based on the concept of LNDNWLK. It was our first time in New York and we had a couple of days around the event to meet with friends and adjust to the time zone.
I had heard that NYC is relatively busy and fast-paced, but I didn’t expect anything majorly different to the European cities like Paris or London that we had visited many times before. When we arrived my senses got hit by what felt like a tidal wave. The sheer size of the city was mind blowing and so many things seemed to happen all at once. I had a hard time keeping up with everything around me for the first few days.
New York City is home to a million different people from a million different ethnicities and everyone seems to find their place and co-exist. I loved being in the middle of all kinds of different people, from orthodox Jews to Caribbean street vendors. The energy of the city is incredible. If I would have to pick my favorite city in the world, it would definitely be New York.
Initially I had planned to shoot medium format color film, but what I experienced was completely different to what I had expected. I decided to shoot B&W film exclusively for the entire time of our stay.
Looking back, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. The city didn’t let me relax for one minute, it pushed me out of my comfort zone continuously and asked for something different. And I am very happy that I listened. These images still make me feel exactly what I felt when I visited this incredible place almost a year ago. I can’t wait to go back.
All images below were taken with either the Leica M2 or the Leica M-A and the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: