Sometimes you just need to sit, smoke a cigarette and check your social media.
I have been avoiding Chinatown for a minute because it seems to have become cliche over the last few years, also it has been overrun with tourists on holiday in New York, I don’t have a problem with tourists I just try to avoid them when I’m walking around. Anyway I took a detour and cut thru Chinatown and was reminded why I continue to stay away.
This shot was from February of 2017, NYC Chinatown around 7 am and It was a cold ass day winters day, but watching the city wake up to another day is always a sight to see.
I was able to work with the gentleman Gloss Black who painted this mural on another mural project with the man Serringe who brought me on as a second camera which in itself is a great honor to me being asked by someone who has been honing his craft for years and would even think to give me a chance to assist him on a project. Seeing this mural on my walkabout today really made me smile and brought up so good thoughts about how far I have come on this journey with a camera in my hand.
This is a composite on two shots of East Broadway in Chinatown in Manhattan. Everyone takes this shot when they walk across the Manhattan Bridge and if you’re lucky you will be able to get the shot in January and you will see the decorations for Chinese New Year, but in my opinion it really is a boring shot aside from just taking for your personal collection.
Chinatown in Manhattan is one place where everyone from locals to the tourist seem to gravitate towards and I don’t have an explanation why. I can spend a week just wondering around here and not get bored with anything I see.