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Alan in New York
Hi, I am currently in New York City to photograph street art, street life and architecture. I am going to put a few images on PP for friends to see what I'm doing. I'll probably take them down after the 2-week trip or put them in an album.
For my first day, I walked from my hotel in Long Island City, Queens to the tip of Manhattan, crossing the 59th street bridge, the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. This was a 14-mile stroll. The weather was glorious and New York looks its best in the sun.
The weather changes on the second day (damp and cloudy), so I went to Bushwick in Brooklyn to photograph street art … probably the biggest and best collection in the world. The next day I went to the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, which is quite fantastic and allows photography.
On Tuesday 12th June I went to the Bronz Zoo and got to the Gorillas 30 minutes before the rest of the tourists. When magnificent animas they are. Sadly, they are behind thick glass which does not help the photography and later I was surrounded by tourists who seemed to have little empathy with the animals.
Well, well - Life is full of surprises - My "near death" experience!
Today (an hour ago) I was sitting having breakfast on the balcony of my New York hotel when these was a jet-engine level screech from the hole that the road workers were digging 20 feet away from where I was sitting. They are using compressed air tools, I thought (because of the rushing jet sound). The hotel desk manager came out and told me to run ... it was a fractured high-pressure gas main that I could hear. The smell should have told me that!
I decided to rush past the fractured main rather than go back in the hotel just in case there was an explosion … I don't fancy being trapped in a fire and we were feet from the escaping gas. The hole was in front of the hotel, so a fire would have made it impossible to exit.
The fire brigade turned up and eventually the gas was turned off. The hotel staff scoured the streets bringing back escapees like me. I went to my room and grabbed a camera and photographed the firemen before they all left … picture below!
So, I live to photograph another day. While I was on the street waiting to see whether the gas would ignite and my hotel burn down, I had three thoughts: contacting my wife to say I was safe, worrying about losing my camera gear, money and passport in the hotel, and being homeless on the streets of New York. Anyway, I live to photograph anther day.
I have been taking photographs since about 2000. Most of my work involves travel photography in places ranging from Tokyo to Arizona's Badlands to Berlin. I am interested in event photography and have attended all Whitby Goth Weekend events for the past few years, as well as the Venice Carnival and the New York Pride Parade.
I am also very interested in textures (walls, doors, street art), and aerial photography. I learned to fly light aircraft in the 1980s and have done a lot of photography in the west of the USA (California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada).
So far, I have had three public exhibitions of my work in galleries in the North East. I have applied to join PurplePort to gain some experience with portrait photography, as opposed to street photography. I have both Canon and Olympus cameras and lenses.
In real-life, I'm a retired university professor who devotes his time to writing, travel, and photography.
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