I capture this portrait during the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk. Kamelle tried to convince me to buy a Kindle while I waited in line for a free coffee at the Amazon store on The High Line. He disguised himself as just another person waiting in line before launching into his sales schtick for the Kindle White. I let him do his thing then I did my thing.
This week, I went into New York City on a field trip along The High Line with professional photographer Frank Veronsky, who hosted the field trip for Princeton Photo Workshop. There were many familiar faces from previous New Jersey photo walks and field trips, including my friend Jack Batty. Frank's wife Jennifer Pierce accompanied the group.
The High Line is a park built on the abandoned rail lines that run from Hudson Yards out to 30th Street. There are trees and shrubs planted along the rail line with observation decks to view the streets below. I had a good view of buildings, restaurant courtyards, and rooftop apartments. On my first visit to The High Line I didn't know what to expect. My photographs from that visit tended to focus on photographing the park and the surrounding building. This was my second visit, and I knew a little more about what to expect and I think I focused more on people.
If this is street photography, then unless I am mistaken, this would be my first time doing it. I have, for the most part, kept to capturing landscapes and architecture. The High Line was filled with families and friends, walking, hanging out, shopping, and dining.
There were, of course, many people taking photographs of themselves.
Except for student photographer Gianluca Vasallo, who endeavoured to make free portraits of any passerby.
After the field trip, we gathered together at a nearby restaurant for food and company.
I spent the evening in Manhattan walking along the High Line taking photos of pedestrians and the New York City skyline. I was supposed to meet up with some other photographers, but I missed my train and was forced to take a later train, arriving very late. I took the New York subway from Penn Station to 14 Street and entered the High Line at Grovnesvoort Street.
The High Line is incredible. I don't know how to describe it. Except for the pedestrians, the noise from the street, and the tall buildings surrounding the park, I would have forgotten I was in a large city.