Nearly two weeks ago I took a trip across the Atlantic to New York, a place I fell in love with 10 years ago. I don’t know why I love it, I just do. There’s so much to see and do in New York, that a week just isn’t long enough, so we made a plan for each day of what we wanted to do/see and made sure we stuck to it. The only stipulation I had was that I could take as many photos as I wanted, with no subject/theme in mind – just what the city could throw at me. And take photos I did! Unfortunately I can’t show you them all on here, there’s too many, but I’ve posted lots over on Instagram. Here’s just a sample of some of my favourites.
Partway through the week I realised I’d been experimenting with the panorama setting on my phone, and had built up a collection of panoramic views of my favourite places…
We visited lots of the touristy spots as my boyfriend has never been before, but that didn’t matter to me, I wanted to take advantage of this and capturing lot’s of photos.
One of my favourite places, or should I say buildings, not just in New York, but the world (that sounds a bit dramatic doesn’t it!) is the Empire State building. I have a love affair with it and needless to say I took few, ok a lot, of photos of this wonderful, art deco styled building.
During our trip we walked a lot, making sure we took in the eclectic sights and sounds of this incredible city, we even saw a few movie stars along the way!
We’re both now planning (hoping) when we can go back and explore this vibrant city some more!
When I first saw Franck Bohbot’s photography I was blown away, yes it’s true. His photo’s are superbly detailed, drawing you into each image as though you are their with him when he’s capturing this New York Moment.
Franck Bohbot is a French photographer and visual artist, who is now based in Brooklyn NY. He captures his images with long exposures and any available light, which give his images a beautiful raw tone, that reflects a true image of the place he’s photographing.
Amongst his New York Series, Franck travels the world, capturing images only we can imagine, focusing his interest in public spaces and urban landscapes.
To see more of Franck’s work visit http://www.franckbohbot.com and make sure you follow him on Instagram http://instagram.com/franckbohbot
On my next trip to New York, I have one thing on my to do list – visit the High Line.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line, high above the New York streets of Manhattan’s West Side. Along this stretch of 1.45 miles of park there are places of tranquility to take in the sights of New York, gardens and flowers to admire, and New York’s famous buildings to photograph.
The High Line looks stunning at any time of day, and visiting at dusk is the perfect opportunity to view the High Line in a constant changing light and appreciate it in all it’s glory.
If you visit New York, this is one place you have to visit.
The food theme carries on for my next post in my New York Series, again I was instantly captured by the brilliantly designed website for this restaurant. They go by the name of The Meatball Shop and they serve, well…. meatballs! Started by two friends Daniel and Michael, the mix and match meatball menu became an instant hit in their home city of New York, where they now have 4 locations, each decorated with a wonderfully warm and rustic interior.
I’ve been a little obsessed with these guys for a while now and I can’t even remember how I found them, I just remember being taken in by their website and by how their photo’s drew me in. They are the main feature throughout their website, and you could almost say The Meatball Shop let’s the photo’s do the talking, what more do you need?! This works well and you immediately want to find out more.
As for the food… just visit their Instagram page and you’ll see how mouthwateringly delicious it looks.
This is already on my places to visit list on my next trip to New York.
I have something a little different for my New York Series now, I’ve got a wonderful New York restaurant to share with you, which I was firstly drawn to by their design, and then by their wonderful seafood and vegetable menu.
Navy restaurant is situated amongst tree lined streets in Soho and created by Matt Abramcyk, Akiva Elstein and Chef Camille Becerra, with a maritime World War Two interior.
As a graphic designer I was instantly taken by their wonderfully designed website, which is simple yet striking, with beautiful clean lines, getting across the styling of their restaurant instantly. The blue hues fused with striking whites and delicious food photography left me wanting more. This is their homepage…
For the design alone this is one restaurant I would like to try when I next visit New York. I’m lured in by their style and the fact they seem to really care about what they are offering. Just take a look at the presentation of their main menu, delightfully handwritten, which again gets my design juices flowing.
If their website and menu hasn’t intrigued you enough, then head to their Instagram page where they post daily photos of their culinary creations and quirky restaurant details, all with the same wonderful, dark tones which match the aesthetics of the Navy.
As part of my New York Series, I have another wonderful New York photographer I’d like to share with you. Luc Jean-Baptiste is a fellow Instagrammer who I’ve been following for a long time. His photo’s offer an urban feel of New York; he’s your man on the ground capturing everything this city has to offer. Looking through his photos you get a great sense of life here, from the people who call this city home, to the hustle and bustle of the noisy streets. This is New York at her truest form.
Luc’s passion for photography started when instagram was first created. “It’s such a quick way to display your photos and get an immediate response from people.”
“My favourite thing to photograph in NYC are the taxis, they are instantly recognisable as being from NYC”
If you have Instagram I would recommend following Luc, his photos can be found on his Instagram page and as well as his VSCO website.
I have had this post in mind for a few weeks now and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you as I’m very excited about it.
I have a love affair with New York and I’m not afraid to say it. I want to show you what this incredible city has to offer and within this series I’m going to show you the usual, the unusual, and the downright, unashamedly quirky. I will include photo’s from those who call New York home, show you places you must visit if you go to New York, mouthwatering eateries and not forgetting work from local artists and designers.
To start off the series I have picked out some of my favourite places within this great city. My photos were taken on my last visit to New York, back in 2008, and they capture my view of the city. You might think these are the usual tourist spots to photograph, and you’d be right, but they all mean something to me. Like the wonderful Lady Liberty and what she symbolises; a gift from the French, she stands tall at the gateway to New York, Manhattan, and to America itself.
Brooklyn bridge, connecting many a New Yorker and tourist to the land of opportunity. Without turning around (its hard to resist – trust me), walk to the centre of the bridge, once there turn around to take in New York in all its glory.
Not forgetting Times Square, the central hub of the city, where the bright lights of the billboards are just one of the main attractions here. This is where the city never sleeps.
I can’t wait to share more of New York in the coming weeks, and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. Danni xo