The Big Apple
If all has gone according to plan, I am currently walking the streets of the Big Apple – here to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday.
New York City – frenetic, fast-paced, exciting, visually overwhelming. No one visits NYC to slow down.
But that is my hope for this trip – at least photographically. To take my time. To avoid the trap of constantly planning the next photograph, instead of the one that is right in front of me. To stand still and contemplate, letting the constant motion that is the essence of this city flow around and inspire me.
On my visit here in 2012, I rushed around, trying to “see it all”. Not so surprisingly, I failed in that endeavor. Instead of going deep, I skimmed the surface, flitting here and there – always in a state of “go, go, go.”
And while I came home with images that delighted me, like the one above, this time I want to approach my visit from a different perspective. One without expectations.
This time I hope to find the unique yet hidden identity that is the essence of this city. Patricia Turner, contemplative photographer, describes how we do this: “… with stillness and deep listening…heightened perception and the long, slow and considered regard of what is in front of us.” ( A Photographic Sage)
New York City and slowing down. We’ll see how that works out.