New York, Love/Hate Relationships & Uncertainty Principle

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to do some corporate work in New Jersey and was able to extend my stay to explore a bit of New York. #BizCation is what I like to call it.

As a photographer, I feel a constant tension between experiencing a moment and capturing it. I fell in love with the Fuji X system a few months ago because of its unassuming size and amazing image quality (no more lugging the Canon 50 1.2 combo around) but I still haven't overcome my aversion to "bringing my work with me."

That's why I hate "street" photography; I feel like I'm doing that.

At the same time its an opportunity to hone your craft under less than perfect circumstances.

That's why I love "street" photography; I feel like I'm doing that.

There's a whole issue of "privilege" and "white guy photography" (you should click that for a good laugh), but ignoring that for a second, I believe photographers who primarily work with people should "bring their work with them," scratch that,  ANY photographer should do it.

As far as privilege, I have to agree with Nick Vossbrink here:

We’ve already reached the point where most everything has been photographed. If our goal is to increase the sophistication with which we photograph, a large part of this has to include how we approach and view other cultures.

However, sophistication is not equatable to political correctness or being apologetic. Any photographer, artist, activist, ________ who has made a dent in this universe felt a deep need to capture, discover, create that right then and there. 

Asking for permission in most cases just increases the effect of the Heisenberg principle.

June 2nd - The BkC, The Brooklyn Museum
June 3rd - Williamsburg,  Jon Feltraiger
June 4th - Lower Manhattan