In Autumn 2015 I travelled to America to see my best friend, who had moved to Pitsburgh about 6 months earlier. My husband and I are absolutely not city people but decided that New York was one of those places that you should see if given the opportunity. So, at the end of our stay, the 3 of us travelled to the city that never sleeps for a long weekend.
At this point I was only a couple of months into my film photography experience and this only my second roll through my Pentax ME Super. I had never shot Kodak Gold and with no research or knowledge of what the colour rendition would be, I packed it.
Needless to say, if you don’t really like the hustle and bustle of a city, you won’t like New York. I found it smelly, noisy, crowded and the majority of the people just rude. Yes, there are certain aspects I’d like to go back and explore further but I’m not in any hurry. When I got my negatives and scans back from the lab I was floored by the results. What I had were images which completely and fully delivered my experience of New York. The colour rendition, exposure, composition just all came together in such a perfect way.
It’s hard for me to be unbiased in my judgement of these images, over whether they are good or not, because viewing them transports me back. It’s so personal in a way unlike any other images I have ever taken. These first 3 images sum up my experience completely, shot on the fly as we were walking around.
These next shots were taken on our last day. We had decided to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum (not a good idea before the flight home!). I love how Kodak Gold has captured the autumnal colours of the trees and provides almost a twinkle from the memorial fountain. It was an experience that felt so huge, just to be there, and these images take me back to that almost out of body experience that I had whilst there.