24 Hours With a Camera in New York

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Although London has been my home base for the past decade, I love to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life whenever I can.  I find the solitude of remote locations energising.  I crave the deafening silence that calms me in a landscape of wide and open space.  I feel alive in the great outdoors and am constantly intoxicated by the incredible sights of wildlife enjoying life in their natural environments.

I am not a city person.

And yet here I am in one of the most recognisable cities in the world.  I am staying on the 49th floor of a hotel in Times Square where the attractive view is offset by the need to sleep with earplugs.  I only have to cross one road each morning, but feel like Frogger as I navigate my way through the iconic yellow taxis that follow their own rules.  I’m in a city that attracts millions of visitors each year, but as I am halfway through a two week work trip, most of my time has been spent indoors as I  follow a recurring schedule of work-dinner-hotel-sleep.

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But I’ve been fortunate enough to have a day free on the weekend with the weather on my side.  Camera in hand, I rose with the sun and headed to my favourite location in New York – Central Park.

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Similar to Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park in London, Central Park is the perfect escape from the pace of city life, without having to leave it.  I was joined by joggers, dog walkers, photographers and tourists, yet felt I had the place to myself.

It was a great start to the day, a form of medicine for the cobwebs in my head that had been created by jetlag, a week in the office and drinks with colleagues the night before.  I felt energised by the vibrant atmosphere of the city that never sleeps, I felt relaxed in the open space of Central Park, I felt inspired by the night lights of one of the most recognisable skylines in the world and I even felt brave enough to fight for a space on the footpath at some of the touristy but iconic locations near my hotel.

And best of all, it provided countless opportunities to indulge my photography passion!

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

Comments

  1. Love these photos – they’re fantastic! New York is such a photogenic place.

  2. How gorgeous and photogenic is New York? It’s on my bucket list to go there, photograph and eat like mad 🙂

  3. These are superb! You really captured part of the city’s essence.

  4. Your pictures are gorgeous. I’ve been to New York many times and is one of my favorite cities. You really captured its beauty. Love it!

  5. I’m sure that it was one of the best 24 hours time of your life. Well, atleast for me it would be the best. I just love everything about New York and this concrete jungle made my life complete when I first set foot on that city. It is indeed the perfect city for me especially with all the bright lights seen at night plus the music that is everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

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