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new york on film

I went to New York this summer for two months as an intern at an online art and design magazine called Redesign Revolution, and feel quite confident in saying it was one of the best adventures I've ever had. Like many young people, I have put New York City on such an outrageously high pedestal for its worldwide influence on virtually every major industry imaginable, most notably, for me, the overwhelming amount of art and pop cultural history and presence that engulfs each individual neighborhood. Probably the most special thing to me about this opportunity was being able to physically be where so many of my favorite movies were shot and images were taken. 

I will say that while I am fascinated by the modernity of the present day city, I found myself longing to be thrown back into the 1920s-60s era (kind of a wide range I know), because I've always been drawn to that time period for whatever reason. In my photo classes, I've had to shoot in both digital and film formats, and I must say, the feeling of film being ran through the camera after the click of the shutter is rather tantalizing, and the darkroom is oh so peaceful (most of the time, when it's three in the morning and you have to get four more prints done by the next day it can become a bit of a nuisance).

Long story short, I wanted to take some images with my film camera of the city in an effort to be like the great photographers of the past. I had only ever worked with black and white film because at school we don't have the chemistry for color, so I only shot one roll in color and two in black and white. I got them processed at a place on 39th and 5th ave. because I didn't want them to be damaged by the x-rays in airport security, and in all honesty, they did a terrible job with my scans. SO much contrast and there is a light leak from the scanner on the bottom/right of EVERY image. But whatever, I was able to semi-salvage some of them so I can live with it. I'm just glad I could practice the old way in such a timeless place.

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