It was Thursday just before the dinner hour when I arrived in New York City. The rain came soon after, weak at first and then a slow steady drip. I was there to meet people I have never seen before. We had already met though, through Twitter a large group of us have become friends. People from close by to far away have come this weekend to NYC to shoot the breeze and shoot film. The first night I rang up Riley Joseph and we were going to met up with an Aussie, Jason de Plater. I probably would have just stayed in with some take-out from Chipotle and went to bed early. But these two were determined to get out and shoot. I loaded a little compact camera with some colourless film and went into the dark of the night.
The night swallowed us as we walked from the subway towards the Manhattan Bridge to steal city views. With our heads low and shoes wet we jumped over puddles in the wrong direction for 25 minutes. The discussion of which film stocks were best clouded our directions.... surely. We turned around and eventually made it to the bridge. Film photography had brought us here, midnight on a wet and quiet bridge in Manhattan.
There are some key people who setup the weekend and need to be thanked many times over. Johnny Patience and his wife Rebecca, and Bijan Sabet. All are not only great photographers and instructors but the kindest souls around. The NYCWLK was a success due to them, thank-you.
NYCWLK was an all day event, starting with meeting at a Leica store and learning from Johnny until the afternoons photowalk followed by a night cap at a Brooklyn restaurant. I am game for another weekend like this, make it happen Johnny.
We all get by with a little help and Richard Photo Lab, Lumu light meter, Kodak Alaris, Leica Store SoHo and Ona all stood by and chipped in. Thank-you very much.