On this day of my birth I thought what better to post than a photo essay featuring a selection of my favorite photos from, my forever second home, New York City. In my last year in NYC I carried a camera with me every day and captured all the little moments and things that made the city so endearing to me. Walking through the same streets over and over with a camera in hand opened my eyes up to the small details that changed with time and what, to me, were the epitome of life in the city.
Moving away last summer was a very big and hard decision but one that was needed and the right one, even if incredibly bittersweet. Leaving was hard because New York City is the city I truly grew up in, its where I became a “real” adult. I moved to the city that never sleeps at 21 just after graduating college a few months before my 21st birthday. I quickly (and luckily) was offered a job in my field (extra surprising considering the market crash was barely 2 years behind us and jobs were hard to come by, especially in my field) and worked through intense hours and work environments for the subsequent 6 1/2 years. I was thrown into the deep end and I kept myself afloat through my few jobs and years but there became a point when I knew I must leave what I loved. That point came to me in early 2016 and was solidified in the late spring.
Before leaving NYC just squeezed in to be the singular city I have lived the longest in my life. Weather this gets surpassed in the future, well the future only knows. For now though New York City holds a very large and special place in my heart. I visited for the first time since I left this September and it made me realize how much I miss about the city (and what I don’t). There is a magic, an energy to the city that permeates every molecule of every borough. This selection of photos, to me, evokes that energy and the contrasts that make NYC one of the most special places in the world.
For those interested in the more “photo geek” details these photos were all taken with my trusty Sony A6000 & the kit 16-50mm lens. For me it is the perfect carry everywhere city camera and has served me well in the almost 2 years that I have owned it. All photos were shot Raw and edited with Adobe Lightroom & occasionally a bit of Photoshop.