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Travel tips USA, New York, Street photography!

Updated: May 31, 2023

New York, New York it´s a wonderful town! Yes in many ways and I think I could visit this city every year and constantly discover new things. I have been to New York many times, but never took the time to photograph. Therefore, this day is a bit unique for me.

This blog entry is about photography from "Downtown Manhatten", to "Central Park" on September 27, 2015. As a tip, October is a great time to visit NY.

Text (translated by Google) and photo Ingar Næss. (c)

Photo from helicopter trip with HeliNY, amazing sight. (c) Ingar Naess

Let's start with Ground Zero where the Twin Towers once stood, but today the 9/11 Memorial marks the site of the World Trade Center. Many still find Ground Zero an impressive place and you can visit the 9/11 Museum or stroll around the memorial that was created in memory of the 2,752 victims of the attacks.

Ground Zero i New York, (c) Ingar Naess

Now we find One World Trade Center in the same area, and this was opened on 3 November 2014 but did not become available to the public until 29 May 2015. This is a "Must See" building and the trip up with the lift is an experience in itself.

From here I headed down to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport for a helicopter ride. This is an experience if it is the first time and or a great trip to refresh old memories of this wonderful city, seen from the air. Yes, it's a fantastic city, take it up in the air for a short tour.

Of course, Downtown there are many offers to choose from. I had a great trip, with top service, a good guide, and a perfectly good price. Recommended. Then I started the walk from Lower Manhattan up to Central Park, via several streets around and in Fifth Avenue, via The High Line Park (read more), and visiting the Apple Shop by Central Park. This is the day for some "street photography".

At the bottom of the page, you will find a definition of "street photography, as there is always discussion about (Norwegian) privacy, etc.

Strolling along this road is a small world in itself, but a small detour around the area around Wall Street is always fun. This walk is about seeing people in different situations and that is what the "street photography" idea is all about.

After a short stop around Wall Street and immortalizing selfie hunters, smiling Asians, the police watching, an active trimmer checking the stock prices, school classes on excision, and a broker getting his shiny shoes even shinier, while still working, I wandered towards 5th street.

As you can see, there was a selection of people in different situations in life. Some with backpacks and others with suitcases, on their way to new discoveries. Others have to beg to get money for food, while still others get inspiration to write a story. The guitar is a good friend to many. Some just share their music and hang on, while others put it down for a few cents or maybe a dollar.

Although NY is quite flat there are few bikes to be seen, but maybe that will change over time. Many are "on their way" while listening to music, some play chess, and others are waiting for a friend, perhaps an opponent, while still others have their first victory. The fact that some people like the cap forward and others backward gives me an opportunity to fire off a "commemorative shot".

The fact that the police are here and looking after it is good and the statistics show that it helps.

Thanks to everyone who gives of themselves, smiles, and showing muscles, is always pleasant feature. Others are relaxing and looking at life, yes maybe dreaming while looking down at some great legs, or maybe it was the shoes. That the pictures are from 2015 and not today is easy to see, as the headphones are still on the head and not placed in the ears, with AirPods, etc. I'm still looking for more photos, but due to an accident, I'm missing quite a few photos. If I find them again, then I will update this article.

Street photography in general!

Since there can be many opinions on the subject of "street photography", I have tried to find some definitions of the term, which can explain this form of photography. The picture above is classic street photography, which I have obtained from this link if you are particularly interested! I myself think that being allowed to capture situations in the public space is exciting.

t gives you the freedom to find, capture and immortalize simple and or dramatic situations, right then and there! For me, it's also about the art of being able to take just "that picture", without the objects accepting the event. If someone looks at me while I'm photographing and perceives that I'm taking the picture, I stop and look at the person to see if I get acceptance, before continuing. If not, I delete the picture. It is important to show consideration, which is a matter of course. Below I have included 14 photos from a trip I had. For me, these pictures are associated with both a bit of art and good stories. If we take the first picture of a young woman in focus and an older woman who is out of focus, I call the picture "Time flies"! Picture number two was taken on a passing bus and "What's happening to the world" is for me many looks, each of which tells something about the second the picture was taken! Etc., all the pictures tell a story. Some are even slightly off since I paid to take the photo. It is out of respect that they stand up.

Street photography or street photography sometimes called hidden camera, can be photography done for art and or investigation. These are or may be random encounters and random events in public places, and the latter is important. Although there is a difference between street photography and hidden camera, most "street photography" is usually subtle in nature and can therefore be classified as street photography. Street photography does not require the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Although people usually take direct photographs, street photography may be absent of people and may be of an object or environment where the image projects a certain human character in facsimile or aesthetic. Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create, or capture, images at a decisive or poignant moment. Street photography can focus on people and their behavior in public, thus also recording people's history. This motivation also involves having to navigate or negotiate changing expectations and laws about privacy, security, and property. In this respect, the street photographer is similar to social documentary photographers or photojournalists who also work in public places, but with the aim of capturing newsworthy events; some of these photographers' images may capture people and property visible within or from public places.

The existence of services such as Google Street View, the recording of public space on a massive scale, and the burgeoning trend of self-photographs (selfies), further complicate ethical issues reflected in attitudes towards street photography.

However, street photography does not have to exclusively show people within the frame. It can also focus on traces of humanity that say something about life.

Photographers such as William Eggleston, pictures under, often produce street photography where there are no people in the frame, but their presence is suggested by the subject, but also the person in focus.

Much of what is stylistically and subjectively considered definitive street photography was created in a time spanning the late 19th century to the late 1970s, a period that saw the rise of portable cameras that enabled candid photography in public places. Much of this is taken from Wikipedia. *( An adept is a person identified as having attained a specific level of knowledge, skill or aptitude in doctrines relevant to a particular author **( the flânøre, is the city's true lover Since many people like this type of picture in black and white, they are all together here: Wikipedia