New York Series - Ongoing Personal Project
As mentioned before on Social Media, I wanted to release this Personal Project. It's a funky feeling because I don't like to use the term Personal Project, the reason? it has been misused in the photographic industry to define a set of images whose theme should've sparked your personal interest, but instead it has been carefully crafted to look artsy and sell your other side as a creator.
To define and set off on a personal journey, has taken me a couple of years. I concur with Peter Lindbergh that work, is work wether personal or commissioned. I give my all in any kind of work I'm creating.
New York has been the muse of many artists and it definitely sparks something special inside of me. I want to capture the City in action, but not your typical kind of action. I want to immerse myself and be the fly on the wall of the City. For that, I have been studying the best photographers, the Magnum Photographers, watched footage, documentaries on how some of the best did their street photography.
I'm naturally a shy person and taking my camera out in the middle of the street to get up close and personal like Bruce Gilden, is terrorizing for me. I want everybody around me to unsee me. Interesting enough I found a way to do it in which people do not realize I'm shooting. I'm holding my camera in a way that is not in my eyes, so I have to see with my hand, something one of my mentors taught me once, I aim and in the way I do it, I have to be able to have the frame in my mind pretty much. I have to visualize the focal length I'm using in order to know how to aim. It makes more mistakes than perfectly focused images, but to me, it feels like those winning frames hold a charge of emotion that no other pictures of mine has.
Back to the concept, I want to embrace what is perceived as mistakes, I want to use restrictions as it was used in film (I use slower shutter speeds in order to catch motion blur, which represents the constant movement of the City), dutch angles, high contrast. Hopefully, you'll feel a glimpse of it yourself when seeing this work.