I cannot recall walking the tracks around the reservoir before this visit, though I recall crossing the park to get to the UWS... ooops, Upper West Side. you know how it goes, one visits NYC for a few days, and one wants to feel like a local, and use local terms. the above photo was my principal tourist photo.
the original idea was to visit NYC for the Guggenheim's Italian Futurism exhibit in June. however, things change, and a long weekend in June turned into a week-plus in late April. a regular city to visit, now it had become rather erratic, but the frequency keeps increasing.
in that, this visit was the first time to spend much time walking, and making as many observations as possible. well, there was the work days too, so that meant watching NYC walk into cafés rather than me walking about to see the same people.
as with Kyoto and Paris, the time photographing was taken by looking for a composition that highlights a mono no aware, and an impermanence wearing on a surface. while I tend to think of Paul Strand meets New Topographics, a friend came up with a better way to describe it: Surface Mapping.
the intent remains the same: showing a representation of how I see, and not to capture the most awesome of photos. in this sense, mobile photography remains a way to sort this new way of photographing a city, which hopefully evolves into something also understood, rather than just visceral.
after all the photographs are taken, after all the walking is done, however, the lingering thoughts are the conversations had, the conversations wished, and the hope for more of them surrounded by photography, writing residences at cafés, working at cafés, and sensing how life is actually lived.
in Black & White
[ ps ] amidst the conversations, a phrase was morphed into Détant de Servants to make it sound different. a day after, one of the many appealing building façades in NYC had the "Service Entrance" sign. the title for this entry was set.
[ pps ] the quick-and-dirty postings were made to facebook [link] as they were taken. the photos here are re-selected and processed with Snapseed, for crop/tuning and B/W conversion if done. then, I use CameraBag2 for final presets and resizing for the web.