The past few weeks I've been out several times to photograph strangers on the streets of NY. While street photography is an enormous genre in the city and there are tons of photographers who capture fantastic images, I'm a portrait photographer, not a street photographer. I'm interested as much in a person's face as I am in the scene, so to capture the faces of New York in the best way I know how meant bringing lighting on location. With a pretty minimal setup and the help of a friend we made some portraits of just a few of the characters willing to take a minute out of their day to pose for a photo.
As a photographer who grew up in the digital age, keeping up with the latest technological advancements in the field has been a simple fact of life. In a constantly changing technological landscape it can be too easy to get caught up in the coolest and latest tech instead of focusing on quality imagery, but utilizing the latest technology is nonetheless important if I want to stay ahead of the competition and offer my clients the best possible images and the easiest and most enjoyable shoot experience possible. While I'm comfortable making great images with the lighting equipment I own, when Dan, the product manager at Hasselblad Bron (the US distributor for Hasselblad and Broncolor products) got in touch with me and offered to let me test out some of their latest products I was excited to see what was possible with the new technology. Wanting to put some of the advantages of the spaceship-like Siros L flash unit to the test, with the help of my friend Jason I hit the streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Greenwich Village neighborhoods to photograph some strangers.
Photographing strangers on the street can be both awkward and incredibly rewarding. Unlike most street photography which uses nothing but natural light and can often be captured without the subject's knowledge, using artificial lighting means that we needed our subjects to consent to posing for what some people might see as a pretty grand production. Still, the people who gave us their time were frequently fantastic. We met a lot of really interesting people, and made a few new friends.