New York is Beautiful

Bill Crandall

I just got back from a few days in New York City. For a long time I never knew what or how to photograph in NY. I didn’t want to do what had been done before, and didn’t really have a better idea, so I didn’t shoot at all. But slowly I’ve been chipping away at it for the last few years, the working title of the body of work is New York is Beautiful. More on the title later. This latest installment from the trip is not really representative of the project as a whole, but it was liberating to go a little crazy with a simple analog effect (suggested by one of my students) that actually articulated some of my evolving thoughts and responses to the city. Including that tension between beauty, brutality, and a sense of ever-impending apocalypse.