Saturday, October 4, 2014

First bite out of the Big Apple

Editor's note: The second-year Lambton College Digital Photography students are on a five-day work study visit to New York City.  Follow our daily blog about the adventure.  Each day two students will share their thoughts on the experience.  Please join us as we experience New York City.

Jamie Babcock / Lambton College

Clouds flying beneath the plane just before descending 
to land in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday, 
October 2nd, 2014.
(Jamie Babcock / Lambton College)

I embarked on a brave new adventure… heading to New York City on an airplane!  The most adventurous thing about it was that it was my first flight.  I have never travelled out of the country this far either!  My first taste of travelling and it was absolutely breathtaking, the view, the hustle and bustle once arriving into the city of Newark, New Jersey and just knowing that I would soon be touching down onto the grounds of a city that holds a lot of history, artistic movements, great landmarks, and so much more. 

Guest speaker Gary Hershorn talking about the
way social media has changed photography in 
Hoboken, New Jersey on Thursday, October 2nd,
 2014.  (Jamie Babcock / Lambton College)

This afternoon we arrived on an overcast day at Hoboken Pier in Hoboken, New Jersey to see guest speaker: Gary Hershorn.  We gathered around as he spoke about how much social media has changed the face of photography and how we must adapt to the ever changing technologically advanced world.  He was giving us some advice on our shooting techniques and I got this photograph of Elizabeth Bosma out of it!  Just looking at different angles and really paying attention to detail, design and composition; taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary!  Gary lives by these three words; “time, place, and context.”   He suggests we download the app called “Flipboard”.  Flipboard is your personal magazine!  You can discover, collect and hear all the news that you care about.  You can also add your favourite social networks, publications and blogs.  You can check out Gary’s work here: After visiting with Gary, we stopped by Romeo Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ for a bite to eat after photographing some more of the pier and then we were off to New York City for the first time.

Woman at Sohung Designs at Chelsea Market in Chelsea, 
New York on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014.

(Jamie Babcock / Lambton College)

Elizabeth Bosma being captured in action at the Hoboken Pier in Hoboken, New Jersey on 
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014.  (Jamie Babcock / Lambton College)

Raeven Ramirez / Lambton College 

After an entertaining PATH train ride into Chelsea, a district of Manhattan that lies west of the Avenue of Americas and between 34th street and 14th, we walked for many blocks to the High Line Park. This walkway, which was once an inter-city railway, provides the people of Chelsea an alternative to walking on the city streets. The walkway is interwoven between train tracks and native plants. It was dry, well-manicured, and adorned with railcar lounge chairs and theatre seating, which allowed panoramic views of traffic, while being directly juxtaposed with spectacular views of the Hudson river on the other side. A very unique walkway that allows the New Yorkers of Chelsea to take a breather on their walk home. 

Katie shooting  graffiti beneath an over hang at the Highline Park in the Chelsea district in New York City, New York on Thursday, October 2, 2014. (Raeven Ramirez/Lambton College)

Upwards view of Rome Pizzeria in Hoboken, 

New Jersey on Thursday, October 2, 2014  

Raeven Ramirez/Lambton College
From there we took a quick turn around the Chelsea Market. Unfortunately we didn’t get to explore its absolute depth, but the little that we did experience was phenomenal. From the little vinyl booth, to the artisan crafted jewellery, to the exceptionally executed handmade clothing pieces we came across, I quickly noticed that I had never been to a market quite as unique and intriguing as this one. The space itself was riveting and pumped full of life. Whatever the stereotypes say about New York City’s residents being rude, pretentious and over-zealous, those were not prevalent today! The people were certainly dressed as themselves, and unique in all forms, but very forthcoming and welcoming. The one we found the most helpful was Sarah of Aperture gallery.

First, out of respect for the gallery being a gallery, I didn’t take any photos of the space; you’ll just have to visit it yourself! The curator for this gallery was beyond knowledgeable about everything that was in her space. She was very open to sharing; she genuinely was excited that we were there and that we were Canadian (of course!). The gallery show itself was certainly the most intriguing and inspiring event of the day. It was held in a large, open loft space with high ceilings and was very well lit. There is no way to describe the feeling you get when you’re moved, touched and placed in a state of awe by the work of modern day legends. To be surrounded by their pieces allowed our aspiring photographers moments of influence, pushing us towards greatness in hope of one day evoking the same sense of awe in the youth of tomorrow. 

Minimal Chelsea traffic on 22nd and 10th street from The High Line Park in the  Chelsea District, New York, New York on Thursday, October 2, 2014   (Raeven Ramirez/Lambton College) 
It is only the first day…and not even a full one at that, and I am feeling overwhelmed with excitement and a greed for more. Tomorrow is a new dawn filled with a city of un-discovered relics of awe; we’ve been sent here to immerse ourselves within it. 

Our group on the Hoboken, New Jersey shore, with the south Manhattan Skyline behind us.  (photo by Gary Hershorn)

1 comment:

  1. Great stories and photos. Can't wait to see more.


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