New York City in Black and White

For this post, I wanted to explore our New York City trip in black and white. Personally, when I think of photography in NYC, black and white images come to mind. It’s such a colorful city, but the grit, architecture and people lend themselves really well to be photographed in black and white. While I did most of my every day shooting in colour on my Olympus XA, I reserved shots in black and white mostly for some ideas I had before even arriving in the city. All the photos below were taken with a Yashica MAT-124 TLR camera on Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.

USS Intrepid

Ever since I first saw photos of the Oculus a couple years back, I wanted to photograph it. It’s been photographed numerous times, but I wanted to take the obvious photos, plus some other ones I had pre-envisioned. We probably spent a good hour walking around and I think I went through 3 or 4 rolls of film. I also captured this structure on my Holga 120N to give it a slightly different look and feel. The Oculus sits right next to the World Trade Centre and construction was completed in 2016. It acts as a subway station a PATH linking several surrounding buildings with a shopping plaza. I think I could have spent much longer there, but the light was fading and we had to move on. I tried to capture representative shots of both the interior and exterior of the building. Hopefully, I did it some justice.

The Oculus

The Oculus

The Oculus

The Oculus

Spine of The Oculus

The Oculus details

Outside The Oculus

The Oculus

The Oculus

The Oculus

The Oculus from the memorial pools at the World Trade Center

Below are some other shots taken over the course of 5 days exploring New York City. Honestly, we didn’t really DO much other than walk around and take in the sights. Other than the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and hitting up a ball game, we were content exploring the various neighborhoods. I think if I was to return, I might focus on going to some museums.

World Trade Center Memorial

One World Trade Center

Old Pier 1 in Brooklyn

Piano player in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The boys at Old Pier 1 in Brooklyn

Climbing the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guggenheim Museum

Central Park

Central Park

People at Bethesda Terrace

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx

Underpass in The Bronx

Cyclone at Coney Island

Cyclone at Coney Island

Coney Island Boardwalk

Pier at Coney Island

Fishing off the pier at Coney Island

Old rides at Brighton Beach

Walking through Little Odessa

Leaving the Staten Island Ferry terminal

Aboard the Staten Island Ferry

Charging bull

Flatiron Building

Camera: Yashica MAT-124
Lens: Yashinon 80mm f/3.5
Film: Ilford HP5+ 400
Scanner: Epson V850

2 thoughts on “New York City in Black and White

  1. I was just over Maurice G’s house to pick up a dead camera, and he brought up your NYC shots in our conversation. We both were commenting about how fantastic your images are, and how many places you went. Uptown, Yankee Stadium, downtown, over to Coney Island, and Citi Field. Sounds like an awesome trip to me! Then again, I love NY. Anyway, great shots and thanks for sharing!

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