Travel Photography – New York
Everything changes in New York.. But then nothing does! The Rockettes still draw the crowds at Radio City, The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal will always overhear your whispers, no matter how discrete you can be and the $30orned beef and pastrami on rye will always draw in the tourists at Katz Delicatessen. Travel Photography city style doesn’t get any better than New York as the city that never sleeps grows and transforms by day and night. Street photography and New York City are terms that often go hand in hand and Blanc Creative wanted a piece of the travel action. New York is a diverse city, housing nearly 9 million inhabitants and a diversity that is astounding. The whole place is crammed into a tiny island and its surrounding boroughs making it a cultural smorgasbord for travel photography. It is one of the great locations in the world for travel photography and 5th Avenue would become home to the image that would, in 2013 see Lee Blanchflower take the Award of SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year. The image, shot on 5th Avenue, was a homage to everything NYC.
Lee Blanchflower Blanc Creative’s director of photography and founder of the Commercial Photography company in Norfolk, took to the streets in December to capture the vibrancy, festivities and dank weather as The Big Apple descended into the madness of Christmas. Street Photography can, and should, be done everywhere. It’s not all about having to delve 3000 miles with a ton of kit and the fact that an image is shot in New York does not make it any more interesting than an image taken anywhere else. New York is a magnet for Travel Photography and literally, millions upon millions of images are taken here each year, making it increasingly difficult to create artistic photographs that stand out from the rest. Take the following image as an example of how ‘Everything Changes” in New York.
It’s a once in a lifetime shot. Stumbled upon as a freak winter shower stopped. The scene was pure New York iconography including Street Vendors, Chilli Dogs, yellow cabs, commercial advertising, rain, umbrellas, bustling crowds and New York Steam pipes. The iconic signage of 5th Avenue seemed to almost dissolve into the surroundings and this image wasn’t hunted down. Lee Blanchflower walked out of a shop and there it was. The SWPP Judges called it “A strong gritty image, which captures the essence of New York”
SWPP judges called this “A strong gritty image, which captures the essence of New York”
The two images below depict the same 5th Avenue location as seen through the eyes of Google Maps. It re-enforces the concept of how an image captured in the click of the shutter may never be replicated or seen the same way again and underpins the beauty of travel photography and street photography so well.