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