Right before the holidays in 2013, I had the opportunity to visit New York City for the very first time. I've lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia most of my life, but for some reason have only had one quick visit to New York City. I know, horrible right?
I sprung for a $50 Amtrak ticket rather than doing the commuter rail because I didn't feel like changing trains and waiting around. Reason being, I only had Friday evening until Saturday mid-day to explore. My primary purpose for the journey was to see the Vivian Maier exhibit at the Howard Greenburg Museum at the Fuller Building. There have been one or two other galleries featuring her work prior to this and I promised myself I wouldn't miss another one. This particular one featured a collection of her "self portraits". I was surprised to see they had some rare color portraits on display. Most of her work was shot in black and white, however she did begin to incorporate color film into her work in later years. In a future blog entry, I plan to highlight a few of my favorite shots as well as talk about her books I've collected.
I also made a visit to the International Center of Photography. One of the exhibits featured a collection of photographs from the days surrounding JFK's assassination. Even though I've seen a lot of the photographs in books and on the internet prior to this, I was speechless as I made my way around the room. There's just something about seeing a physical print of an image. Maybe its the size? I wasn't sure. All I know is that before I realized, an hour had passed by the time I got to the last photo on the wall. They build you up to the 'gut punch' of John Jr. saluting his fathers coffin. Not going to lie, I teared up.
In the end, both museums were worth the trip alone. The rest of the time, I tried to make mad dashes to some of the spots you see on TV... 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Radio City, and NBC Studios. I must say, its quite a busy place and I'm not sure I could ever live there, but it is absolutely a multiple must-visit. I was overwhelmed with the sheer immenseness of the city. Here are some various shots I grabbed during my New York City experience. I decided to bring my point and shoot, a Fuji X20, rather than my big DSLR so I didn't stick out like a sore thumb. I was really impressed with what that camera could do for being only a 2/3 sized sensor. I can't wait until the new XT1 ships. I've had one on pre-order since the day it was announced!