— Morning to night, cine poetry on a day in NYC set to Emma Tricca’s song.
Back in January, I flew out to New York with folk musician Emma Tricca. Our aim was to explore the metropolis and shoot a series of Super 8mm film cartridges.
We hoped to obtain enough footage to complete x3 music videos for use as promotional material for her forthcoming studio album.
I drew inspiration from her songwriting to create a filmic and poetic response to her music.
During my time in the sprawling metropolis, Emma took me to places she frequented and introduce me to the people she loved, hoping to add a deeper and more personal feel to the content of the film.
I also explored alone (just the camera and me) and discovered places and roads less walked by newcomers to the city. One such journey took me to the former docks and industrial hub of the once infamous Red Hook. There I took in magnificent views of the East River and the soaring Manhattan skyline.
Through the lens, I set out to gather images of life in the city. I desired to create a picture of the urban landscape and the dwellers within, the source of Emma’s original inspiration.
Details illuminated in photo-chemical flare now flash in my mind’s eye; Street signs and signals, cafes and their patrons, street markings and traffic, window displays and reflection, guitars and gunslingers, brickwork and paving, concrete and glass, fire escapes and steam vents, rooftops and skyline, subway trains, commuters, Coney Island baby’s, sunsets over Manhattan from way-up-high to dirty canals and the Hudson shimmering in the winter haze with the lights upon the distant towering horizon. All things I believe indicative of New York from a strangers cine-eye.
In addition to my Super 8mm camera, I took out a Lomo LCA+ with a small stock of Purple Chrome film to document my journey and our filmmaking quest.
Here are a selection of images from my solo wanderings across the city with the LCA+ in hand.
A sincere thank you to Hannah Brown at Lomography for supplying the film stock for my creative journey.
The pictures bellow were taken with a Lomo LCA+ on 35mm Purple Chrome and regular film.