Last year I made a visit to New York City for the first time in over a decade. Its a much-photographed city and to walk round with a camera is to alternate between feeling exhilarated at the glorious sights and then worrying that you are repeating more famous work. Some of the classic NY sights are so familiar -- water towers! fire escapes! sky scrapers! -- that it can feel hard to create truly original images. I have the same problem with Venice, another over-photographed city. And yet, you can't go and NOT take photos...
Many years ago I was in New York and shooting black and white on Scala -- a monochrome transparency film that I used quite a bit in my pre-digital days. Perhaps because so much early street photography was done in the city, I find it easy to think in black and white when I'm there. One of the images I shot was of Brooklyn Bridge in the rain, which gives two wonderful effects. Firstly, most of the people who would normally be walking over the bridge give up and go away. Secondly, you get these great reflections on the wet decking.
That original photo sold a few times through the now-defunct picture library Corbis, so I knew it had appeal. So when I was back in the city for a week, I waited for a rainy day and went back. I spent over an hour on the bridge in heavy rain and got pretty cold and wet but I think its worth it for results like this. I posted a similar image on Instagram on the day and immediately had a friend say that she would like to buy a print of it, so I have started an edition of 25 prints which are available from me directly. You can order by email via the contents page here and pay by PayPal.
The images are archive digital prints on Canson Etching Rag paper in acid-free mounts, 290 x 290 mm in a 500 x 500 mm black frame. Framed price £125 plus postage and packing if I can't hand it over in person (I'm in London). Do let me know if you're interested.
Anna Watson: photographer, parent, juggler