Fleeting Faces: Boston and NYC Street Photography

Self portrait. Boston.

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.

Boston.

Times Square, Manhattan.

The man on the outside. Manhattan.

High Line, Manhattan.

Self portrait. Manhattan.

Wyatt on the corner. Boston.

Chinatown, Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Possibility. Boston.

Chinatown, Manhattan.

Boston.

Manhattan.

High Line, Manhattan.

Spence. Manhattan.

Coming soon. Boston.

Wyatt on the train. Boston.

Man on the corner. Manhattan.

Chinatown. I was shooting a broken umbrella on the street, looked up, and found this guy running by me. I managed to snap one shot.

Chinatown, Manhattan.

Chinatown, Manhattan.

Windblown hair. Manhattan.

Inside joke. Boston.

West Manhattan.

Windswept. Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Rainy night on sixth. Manhattan.

Broken up. Self Portrait. Manhattan. My favorite self portrait to date.

Manhattan.

Manhattan.

Looking across the East River toward Manhattan. Brooklyn.

Manhattan.