You’re in New York City, so look up and look around. Whether it’s a bridge, a building, a rooftop, or a water tower, the city provides some of the world’s most incredible views. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Roosevelt Island Tramway, and the High Line are all fantastic places to start, as are landmark buildings such as the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. These points of interest provide breathtaking views of all that surrounds them, and they’re visually stunning to photograph and to take photographs from.
New Yorkers are like rolling hand grenades – unpredictable and brash, either on the cusp of an explosive tantrum or shocking you with generosity. Turn your camera on and ditch your reservations – everyone secretly loves to be in the limelight. SoHo showcases high fashion and architectural beauty, while the subways will hypnotize you with the strange and the mysterious. Union Square and Washington Square Park are prime locations to find unique NYC characters who make for perfect, colorful subjects.
In true New York style, the city’s street art is a fascinating exhibition of creative talent, with each example more bold than the last. There’s jaw dropping art literally everywhere you look, so keep your eyes peeled wherever you go. Thanks to initiatives like The Bushwick Collective, entire neighborhoods become unofficial exhibition spaces for some of the city’s (and the world’s) most talented graffiti artists.
Pound the pavement and look for the details in the colors, movement, architecture, and more. Create your own subjects, and remember that photography is subjective. So leave the selfie stick at home, dust off your camera, and don’t regret fumbling when a French bulldog with sunglasses rides past you on a skateboard – this is New York City, after all.
Written and photographed by James Douglas