My story starts right here on the stoop in Harlem right off of 125th. After working in Washington DC for a whole week, I decided to take a random trip to NYC... The trip was unplanned, unscripted, but warranted under the circumstances. This trip is now know as "The Pilgrimmage" because of all the things that I learned about a man named J. Wiggins. I figured out what makes him happy, what makes him sad, what he will stand up for, and what he will not tolerate... (I'm done referring to myself in the third person.. lol) Needless to say, Harlem New York changed my life. This is merely a glimpse into my first time visit into the Big Apple. Sit back and view the world through my lens... Enjoy!
Anyone who knows me understands that I rep Oklahoma EVERYWHERE I go... I'm not sure if Ryan Broyles of the Sooners has ever been to New York but I repped for my Sooners in New York.
My boy and frat brother Marcus was my tour guide. Right outside his crib we ran into some of his ex students hanging out. He made small talk with them about grades and other school related stuff while I took pics on the sly. There is something about the camera that makes people just freeze up. I have been figuring out and developing ways to capture images without my subjects knowing that I am doing so. I was literally "Shooting from the hip" on a majority if these photos so that they could remain candid and not transform into posed snapshots. If you are interested in how I did it, ask me the next time you see me. I got you...
Alot of these photos are simply photos of my surroundings so that I can remember what these scenes look like. My memory is HORRIBLE and this helps me trace my steps over and over again. This is why I love photography so much.
Shooting from the hip and the dog noticed my gangsta... You got me son... lol
Unity Park. Many stories about Unity Park from the Harlem residents
I absolutely LOVE shooting TEXTURE. Stairs, buildings, concrete are amazing to me. Shooting in this concrete jungle was definitely an amazing experience.
The historic Lenox Ave.
I love the exposure of this photo. The cirrus clouds mixed with the light blue sky overlooking the burrough makes for avery nice photo in my opinion. I still couldn't believe how blue the sky was. I always imagined polution and cloudy skies.
Deli's on almost every corner. The interesting part about the Deli is that you usually tell what kind of neighborhood you are in based on the sandwich options. Of course in the Muslim/Arab neighborhoods, you aren't about to get a ham sandwich... You might have to walk a few blocks to get the sandwich you need.
Kids standing around on the sidewalk always make for the best shots... Always good to hide the camera so that they will continue playing.