NYC Longer Instants  In  this series I used a sequential series of hand held camera shots to build each of the final images. This means the content of an image samples areas over many seconds - from 6 seconds in the shot of the taxi lights on Park Avenue to as long as 27 seconds in the MoMA coat check line where the light shifts to a quiet slow violet hue. A final image might be the result of as many as 15 individual photos. I have hand blended the image sequences together in post-processing to optimize the visual strengths of each moment.

This approach to picture making provides me with an unusual ‘Street Photography’ perspective. In some scenes several people will occupy the same physical space (and image space) across the duration of a sequence, their traces layer the print. Over the time-span of a sequence people move along paths: lines and arcs. The permanence and stillness of the physical city: the buildings, the signs, the structure stand in contrast to the busy humans moving through the open spaces of New York City. 

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