In my early twenties, I had the pleasure of visiting New York City for the first time. It was a life changing experience. Other than Seoul, South Korea, I have never fallen in love with a place so quickly.
I love all of the excitement that comes with being in a heavily populated area. What’s especially great about NYC is the amount of diversity. You experience so many different cultures as you wander through each block. It’s truly amazing.
Due to my amazing parents, I have been extremely fortunate in the past and was able to travel quite often. Since my first trip to NYC, I have been back a few more times.
2015 was the most recent time that I’ve been in the city. Coincidentally, on the day that I was in Manhattan, an extremely well known Korean music group (Epik High) was performing that evening at the Best Buy Theater. I had caught word on social media that they planned to do a surprise appearance in the afternoon somewhere near Times Square. Their intent was to meet up near the venue but due to the formation of a significantly large sized crowd, were forced to relocate.
While I waited around for them to show, I captured some of the surrounding buildings. There are a massive amount of buildings in NYC which makes for a lot of a interesting architectural decisions to admire.
As I’ve grown older, my interest in being part of a crowd has lessened. That desire probably got knocked out of me during one of the summers at Warped Tour back in the day. I stood back and watched as the excitement grew once the members of Epik High appeared. It seemed as though most people were excited to see Tablo (타블로), being that he is perhaps the most well known.
An interesting decision that I made was to focus on the crowd rather than the members of Epik High. In retrospect, I believe that I made a good decision. It would have been difficult to capture them anyway because of the cluster of people.
We can get caught up in celebrity and superficial things of that matter but sometimes the surrounding aspects of a situation are more interesting than the obvious focus. I am very happy with the story that I was able to tell through my images from that day by not focusing on the actual subjects but rather the larger picture.