Back in October, Sara and I had the chance to spend a weekend in New York City for our anniversary.
It took me over two months to really take the time to sort through my images from our time there. And as I sit here trying to describe what it was like to venture across the Brooklyn Bridge into lower Manhattan, I find myself at a loss for words.
I’ll start with trying to make sense of two: New York.
It’s an experience.
It’s the city that makes other cities feel like small towns.
I like to think of myself as a city cyclist as I make my way through downtown Portland on my bike every day, but it just doesn’t compare to New York.
This metropolis of over eight million people, with its towering skyscrapers and overloaded streets is a lot to process. I’m going to try to do that as I continue to look through my images from that weekend in October.
This is my current favorite out of a couple hundred. It’s the first building I saw as Sara and I walked the length of the Brooklyn Bridge.
After some quick research, I found out that it’s a residential building designed by world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry. The building’s name?
When I need to go somewhere these days, most of the time, I end up riding my bike. One of my regular commutes takes me along the Willamette River on the Eastbank Esplanade, a multipurpose path that goes under the Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne Bridges.
When I’m riding on the Esplanade, I’m usually in commuting mode. I pay attention to my surroundings, but I don’t make a point to take in the scenery along the way. And while that’s great for getting to where I need to be on time, I bet I miss pictures like this one quite often.
I had no idea that the towers on the Burnside Bridge were lit up at night. Well, I’m sure I had noticed that before, but never from this angle. And I would have blown by the Burnside as usual if my water bottle hadn’t jumped out of its cage.
On February 13th, 2012, I shot some video of a musician named Josh Hoke. At the time, Josh was playing acoustic sets and open mic nights while attempting to get his name out there in the Portland music scene. Less than a year later, Ghosts and Glory, Josh’s debut album, is available on his website.
I followed Josh around with a camera for some of his journey – from the stage to the office to the studio – and it’s been a thrill to capture his music and his words along the way. Josh is as passionate as he is talented, and considering the year he had, I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from him soon. He’s currently in the middle of a West Coast tour with The Ultimate Bearhug and will be making a couple of stops in Portland before heading down to California for a few weeks. I’ll be at the album release party at The Secret Society on Thursday night. If you’re in Portland, you should come too.
You can buy Ghosts and Glory on Josh’s website, but if you want to hear a sneak peak first, check out the following video. And stay tuned for Part 2, coming your way soon.