“Here, on the river’s verge, I could be busy for months without changing my place, simply leaning a little more to right or left.”
- Paul Cezanne
I had planned to go and shoot in Chinatown on Tuesday until that plan was aborted by my computer issues. Today I was going to One Day On Earth again and figured I would shoot in Chinatown after I finished there. I pulled the camera out of my bag and put it into my laptop bag, made sure I had the extra battery and off I went.
When I had finished up at One Day, I headed out onto Greene Street
and saw a young woman carrying a bunch of silver “I Love NY” balloons which she was giving away (a store promo I believe), so I decided to follow her for a bit as she gave them away and see what interesting shots might occur. Grabbed the camera only to realize that my memory card was still in the card reader at home, my backup was in my camera bag and I was SOL and Chinatown would not be happening today!
So I headed home, grabbed my memory cards and went down to the river. When I got there I realized that this was probably better for my mental health. Mr. Cezanne nailed it in the quote at the top, every movement brings a new perspective and a new river, and I realize just how much I have been missing my daily work. I do not regret the change in my focus but need to find the balance and I realize I need to “finish” the river and I have not. (the river, of course, will never be finished, but I will be.)
And for anyone curious about just how bad our New York City winter has been…
As to Chinatown…I will certainly shoot it someday, but I have no intention of planning the trip again. Apparently this is one shoot that will have to arise organically.