New York Streets

by B Jane Levine

 

New York Streets

by B Jane Levine

Nod of Recognition is a series of portraits and street scenes of strangers captured on the streets of New York. I walk, observe, and photograph people, following the path of lights as it moves around the city. I use the light and composition to frame the subject in this found setting. I attempt to capture authentic moments when my subject is unaware of my presence. I see something or someone that grabs my attention and i make a shot and move on my way. A busy street corner is a great space to stop for a while and observe and make images as a scene evolves. Sometimes I get caught and a subject will give me that nod of recognition at the moment of the shot or after I press the shutter. I often go out with no expectations of subject matter other than looking for a moment, which elicits some emotion that I respond to with the subject/s, it is mainly driven by an internal signal that connects me to the subject or situation. I am drawn to creating layered scenes as well as up close candid portraits. I try to respect the subjects that I photograph. Experimentation keeps me in the moment. People show themselves on the street the way they want others to perceive them. I capture an image to memorialize the moment, which I recognize is real for the subject as well as myself. The people in my photographs all project a characteristic, gesture, or physical trait that I identify as part of my own story. This series is a composite of pieces of my life a self-portrait.