The Statue of Liberty: Through the Eyes of a NYC Resident

Statue of Liberty gift shop

I’m in the process of going through a lot of my past work towards the goal of creating a larger photo series on tourists and exploring the concept of how people react to a given environment.  The plan is to tackle several iconic tourist destinations and look at these locations with the eyes of a documentary photographer.  One of the places I visited (as a tourist myself) not too long ago was the Statue of Liberty.  I have lived in New York City going on 16 years, but until two years ago had never been to the Statue of Liberty.  Indeed my only view of Liberty Island had been sailing past on the Staten Island Ferry.  Here are the photos from my trip.  It’s amazing what you fixate on when NYC is your home base and the statue itself is present everywhere.

Tourists at the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty gift shop
Scenes from the Statue of Liberty gift shop

Statue of Liberty gift shop

 

 

Statue of Liberty gift shop

Statue of Liberty gift shop

 

Statue of Liberty gift shop
Tired kid in the gift shop

Statue of Liberty gift shop

Kid in the stairwell leading to the Statue of Liberty crown
Kid in the stairwell leading to the Statue of Liberty crown
View from the Statue of Liberty crown
View from the Statue of Liberty crown

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The High Line: March 8

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Yesterday I went out with the mission to make a photo, not take a photo.  All too often I find myself snapping and running vs. taking the time to wait for the shot.  I want my street photography to push beyond the limits of simply being in the right place at the right time.  This is what I found along the High Line.

The ultimate goal is to combine these photos into a series called ‘Tourists.’  I am fascinated by society’s constant need to document everything, yet the photos that result say absolutely nothing.  Why do we take so many selfies?  I feel no such need to take selfies, so what am I missing?  I brought only my Canon 16-35mm wide angle lens.

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

 

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