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Apocalyptic Photos

Where are the people?

I was showing my photos to one of my friends and he said "I love you you have this apocalyptic feel to your photos." He was commenting on how I am able to take pictures crowded places but never seem to have a person in the photo. The photos seem to be taken after the apocalypse has happened. I found that comment kind of funny.


There is a reason for the apocalyptic photos. I thought I would use photos of New York in this blog post as they have millions of people living there and it is known as the city that never sleeps . Turns out that is not entirely true.


When I was a kid I always got up at six in the morning. I would wake my mom up so I could have breakfast. As a teenager they had to make a rule for me that I could not skateboard on my half pipe until seven AM. I also tree planted for sixteen years. Every summer we would get up at five in the morning to start our day. When you have been naturally getting up early your whole life, it naturally flows into your photography.


I do my best work early in the morning. I like to get up and out to start taking photos way before the sun rises. That way I do not use up family time for photography.

They are all at home a sleep anyway. The other reason is that I like the lights of the city and the changing light of the sky. I gives my photos a surreal feel to them.


Although New York is known as the city that never sleeps, most people do. In fact most of the streets in New York or any big city for that matter are empty in the early hours of the morning. So when I take photos in any big city of the world in the wee hours of the morning, the photos look apocalyptic.



Well as always, thanks for the peruse. Feel free to drop thoughts or comments below.


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