These shots are from some street wandering I did in Boston and NYC while visiting family in February 2016. This was my first real attempt at doing street photography in New York. I last visited the City in 1998 and 2007--well before my interest in photography really developed.
Street photography--particularly in NYC-- is a different can of worms compared to LA, where I've done some work in the past. Things move at a faster pace. There are more people on the street. The pace of the city made me feel a bit intimidated and overwhelmed (though with street photography, I am always intimidated, no matter the location. It's something that really makes me go beyond my comfort zone). As with LA, I realized that I really needed to spend a boatload of time in the city to get to know some of the neighborhoods and areas, because I was really scratching the dust on the veneer of the surface. It was an rewarding experience, though I found myself a little underwhelmed with my output. I wish I had approached more people or been a little more bold overall with the camera. Yet somehow I also feel like I was trying too hard--or I had put too many expectations on myself. I wish I would have let myself relax and just shoot without any expectations. Also, part of the reality with street photography is that great photos are often few and far between.
I think I need to take up meditation before my photo sessions. It might help me take a little more of a contemplative approach.
Anyways, enjoy these shots from the East Coast. They are largely fleeting moments of the faces of strangers with a few shots of my brother Wyatt and some self portraits thrown into the mix. I find these fleeting stranger faces appealing, though the concept isn't a new one.