Aerials of New York City & Thoughts on both the Present and the Past

I went back to New York City last week to do an aerial photo shoot for a private client.   Here’s a little clip from that flight of us flying over the city.

There’s really nothing like it in the world.

On a related note,  I had a great lunch with my friend Scott Bourne a few weeks ago – and he mentioned something to me that at the time surprised me quite a bit.   He told  me that most of the people out there didn’t know that my background was in photography – according to him, most know me for my film/video work with HDDSLRS – Reverie, Nocturne, First Look and others …

I found that quite interesting  given that I have 20 years of experience in the world of photography. To be honest, when he mentioned this to me it totally threw me for a loop – but it also made a bit of sense given what’s happened in the past two years with this blog and the photo/video world in general.  It led to a very interesting conversation on how one’s perceptions of who one is – can sometimes be quite different than how people perceive you from the outside world…

I’ve caught people saying that I’m no longer a still photographer now – and that I have “moved on” into the world of filmmaking.   While I have definitely spent a greater percentage of my time in the motion world over the past 2 years  - I definitely haven’t “left” photography.   In fact these past two years have made me miss shooting stills in a way that I haven’t felt in a long time – and I have some big still projects coming up that I’m extremely excited about.   If I had to break it down – I’d simply say that the world of print is going through a very tough time right now – and the editorial (magazine/newspaper) budgets through an even tougher time… as they improve and hopefully come back to being close to what they once were – I can see myself doing a LOT more still photography.  In fact I’m not waiting!  I’m already in the process of working on 3 different short and long-term still projects.

Then today I saw that someone had re-published an old video interview of me (see below) from nearly 4 years ago and I thought I would share it with you because I think this interview was extremely well done and captured who I was then – having just left the staff of The New York Times and having entered the freelance commercial photography market for a little over a year at that point.  This brings me to to another interesting thing that I’ve noticed over the past two years:  even though I’m always focused on what’s happening now, what I’m talking about now in this very immediate world – people still somehow always seem to be reading 1, 2 or even in this case 4-year-old articles – of what I consider to be “old news.”

Towards the end of the interview – I mention that leaving photojournalism would allow me to broaden my horizons and try “new things.”   Little did I know what would happen to those horizons a little under two years later when I borrowed a prototype Canon 5D MKII over a fateful weekend…

BTW If you’d like to see some more of my photography and/or aerials of the city – feel free to check out my website. I’ll also have something very interesting to share with you related to photography in a few weeks…