Summer in February
Photography is amazing. Video is even cooler. You can be somewhere without being there. You can experience something, per se, without really experiencing it. And we are only getting closer to the virtual experience feeling more real. But that's just it. It FEELS more real. Its not real. For me, the hardest part of photographing an active scene somewhere is capturing, in my camera, what I am seeing in my mind and heart. There is no way to do it. The camera, is at best, a close second.
Nothing replaces an actual experience. And I have given up trying. Instead, I decided to tell stories in multiple still frames in the hopes that they can read like a book. I explain this in my family portraits and try to accomplish this in my interiors as well. When it comes to lifestyle, its easier though, because in essence, you are doing just that...telling a story.
New York City is full of stories. And no one will ever let you forget it. I walk around with my camera and am reminded constantly of the over-saturation of images that flood social media and the internet, with yet another New York City vignette. But something about Friday screamed for me to partake in the story telling. Summer in February.
These eye-of-the-storm days always come to surprise us, where we are not sure if spring is actually here or just teasing us before one last March blast hits us so hard, it will make us sorry we ever doubted father winter would leave us with anything less than 90 full days of bleak weather. But in the true spirit of the New Yorker, when the weather breaks on those random winter days, we allow ourselves that moment of optimism, when we push even our cynicism to the side because it is 65 degrees in the middle of fucking February. All the vitamin D deficiency for the moment, is a thing of the past. People are actually smiling, saying (wait for it) excuse me on the street, laughing for no apparent reason. Its the peak out from hibernation that we are all waiting for. It is the moment when no one is taking the weather for granted or all of the happy feelings a little warm weather and some sunshine can bring.
As I walked through Washington Square Park in the middle of the day, I couldn't help but wonder how I was going to capture it. So i just began to shoot. There was little thought to it, little composition, I just wanted to capture something of this strange day. After all, there is nothing like being able to sit in the sun in the middle of the day.