There are streets that I return to over and over again. These streets tug at memories I haven’t made yet while yanking memories I treasure from the deep recesses of my mind. They haunt me in all the best ways. They represent the New York City in my mind. Everyone seems to have a different version of New York City in their mind. It’s the version that they look for when turning a corner and glancing down a street.
My own version of New York City was formed early on. It’s a result of falling in love with a combination of streetscapes in classic film noir, futuristic sci-fi city environments in literature and film, and years of traversing New York City on foot.
This is one of those streets that I could have only dreamed existed until I turned a corner one day and stopped dead in my tracks as I looked down the street towards the skybridge that crosses between buildings. It’s Staple Street in Tribeca. A tiny alley-like street, it contains one of the most fascinating pedestrian bridges I have ever seen in New York City.
When I began taking photos of New York City, the movement of its inhabitants and its constantly evolving backdrop was a never-ending source of wonder. Minutes would turn into hours as I waited for the perfect character to candidly enter the scene I wanted to capture. Stories unfold on the city’s streets just waiting for a press of the shutter button to immortalize them, one frame at a time.
Street photographers will never tire of New York as a subject. It is the perfect setting for the genre, with candid, insightful moments appearing everywhere. Vivienne Gucwa is out there, every day, capturing these fleeting glimpses of human drama, and here in NY Through the Lens she presents an elegant volume showcasing the stunning results of her ongoing quest. Lush images are front and center throughout the book, supported by insightful commentary, engaging anecdotes, tales from the road, and professional tips on how to reliably seek out and capture scenes of such perennial enjoyment.
NY Through the Lens, by Vivienne Gucwa
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