Bridges + Crossing Paths

Open Up to the New

The desire to experience the amazing photographic views NYC has to offer has challenged me to explore some off the beaten path areas. Each new area is a commitment to a plethora of variables. “New” is a domain that challenges us to be uncomfortable and surrender control for a period of time. Familiar is easy but it is also simultaneously boring.

What would ensue in the photographic adventure ahead? What would I learn today? Which type of friction would inspire new levels of growth? What kind of distinctions would arise?

With the right combination of gear I headed across the Manhattan Bridge onboard the industrially built Citi bike.

What would ensue in the photographic adventure ahead? What would I learn today? Which type of friction would inspire new levels of growth? What kind of distinctions would arise?

Some views that you encounter fall immediately into that picturesque category. I’ve seen this view on the internet. Standing before it, the daunting challenge of identifying how my voice would frame it.

Before I would resign to calling it a day on the waterfront, the Manhattan skyline revealed itself to me. It was a view that I had never seen and I knew that I had to capture a combination of time lapse and photography. As soon as I was near complete in setting up the gear a guy began to approach me. What are the chances that in an area unfamiliar to me a familiar face would appear. The gentleman was a barista who I share all of my timelapse and photographic adventures with. These kind of rendezvous in NYC have been uncommon to me. In a city of multiple millions what are the chances that time and space will orchestrate the intersection between someone you know while you’re engaged in a mutual interest.

If anything, this day reenforced the conviction to continue exploring because there is a orchestrating force overseeing the unfolding of vistas and experiences that are deeply satisfying.

On this photography expedition I learned:

  1. Take your time and give yourself the space to experiment in new areas.
  2. Experiment and take some contextual shots that can be explored further under more favorable light.
  3. Error on the side of packing less.
  4. Create artificial constraint to boost your imagination.
  5. Keep exploring and shooting.

Camera: Fujifilm XT2 / Lens: XF23f2

Rahim Rasul: A philosopher utilizing multiple dimensions storytelling and creativity to amplify, highlight, convey and reflect the beauty life to the world. (Photography, Podcasts, Designer, Motion)

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