New York City in a monster. It’s huge, it’s sprawling, it’s always changing and it’s challenging. For those of us who spend a lot of time inside it’s pulsing beat, it can be exhausting.
Just like with any environment, life inside this microcosm can get stale and monotonous, and every once in a while I need to lift my head up and look around. I spend a lot of time working in New York City, often in the company of dogs, my husband, or my clients. Although I am an adventurous Gemini who loves variety, I can fall prey to routine and rushing through the tasks of my daily checklist. But last week I decided to so something a little different.
I met up with a new friend (who also happens to be a photographer) and I hit the streets to look. Just look. I wanted to really see the things happening around me. When so much energy is whirling around all the time, it can be easy to miss the details. So, I packed up my camera, forced myself to use some lenses that don’t usually see much action, and documented my day.
Getting out like this really gets my brain to wander in different directions…and it’s not just about getting great shots. I interacted with some people that I would not normally talk to, and I got to experience Manhattan through the eyes of a tourist, which reminds me of why I was drawn to live in such a place. There’s a quality to New York City that pushes one to step things up: it makes you pay more attention, it makes you want more of yourself, it suggests that you strive to be the best at what you do, and it forces you to relish the melting pot magic that makes this world the interesting place that it is.
So, here’s a little of that melting pot magic for you to see. From the Lower West Side, up the Highline in Chelsea, then over to the Flat Iron District, and then to Grand Central to catch my ride home. Just the tip of the iceberg!