New York at night
By David Brooks
30 Mar 2010
These photos were taken a few years ago over the course of an extended work trip to New York, which turned into a 4-month stay.
I got into the habit of taking night-time walks around the city, normally starting at around the time the sun went down and finishing in the early hours of the morning.
Oncen a week I'd grab a camera (or three) and set off in a new direction from my base at Columbus Circle, criss-crossing the city many times, but often finding myself back in Times Square in the early hours of the morning. As a stranger to the city, and alone, I guess that the constant presence of others in Times Square at any time of day or night was a comforting draw. It was also a familiar place to me, even as someone born and raised outside the US, Times Square - and its crowds, bright lights and frantic pace - is an image that is immediately familiar to me though movies from childhood.
Ironically, as a Londonder I make great efforts to avoid London's equivalent of Times Square: Picaddilly Circus. When I think about why, it strikes me that I avoid Picaddilly Circus for all the reasons that kept bringing me back to Times Square.
Photos were taken on a combination of: Holga, Lomo LC-A and Horizon 202 cameras.