Randy: typing NYC by Nigel Rumsey

Randy sitting typing on New York street Randy, strangely enough, was sitting on the kerb in Chelsea (NYC) typing a letter. We had a great chat he explained that he ran a business selling used records from outside of a disused shop. Apparently the landlord is gradually trying to close down the businesses on the block so it can be redeveloped, so Randy has set up his stall outside one of the vacant stores selling his records.

He told me about the changes in the area and that the majority of the creative folks had been driven out by the increasing rents. Rather a sad story and something echoed in London.

Randy was a really nice guy but I left our encounter with the sad feeling that we'll see fewer of the eccentric real New Yorkers on the street in the future.

New York City, USA

Library light by Nigel Rumsey

To grab little respite from the crazy wonderful madness that is New York City we slipped into the Public Library building on Bryant Park, not realising it would be one of the most amazing places to shoot. It was about 10am in late March so the sun was fairly low in the sky allowing the sunlight to stream in through the tall windows. NYC Public Library

The building has a number of reading rooms, this one for periodicals was wood panelled with wonderful long tables, the combination of the very dark wood and the bright sunlight was sensational. It was very quiet with no one talking in anything louder than a whisper so I felt I couldn't spend too long clicking away but I did manage to grab a few shots.

The second shot below was taken in the corridor just outside the reading room. This woman was just standing watching passersby on the street giving me plenty of time to shoot.

NYC Public Library II

If I get the opportunity to go back to New York, I'll certainly be heading back to the library hoping the light will be as inspiring as it was on this day.

Chrome by Nigel Rumsey

Chrome I've been something of a fan of Chrome messenger bags for some time, I was in their New York store recently and had the opportunity to take some portraits of Brianna making one of their in-house custom bags. The custom bags give you the opportunity to specify the colour of each of the panels, the buckles, even the colour of the tape. It was quite dark in the store but that combined with the lamp Brianna was using gave a dramatic look I'm really pleased with. I haven't picked up  a custom Chrome bag yet myself but as they're going to be opening a store in London soon the temptation might be too much to resist.

Peter - stranger #13 by Nigel Rumsey

Peter Beeson, artist, eating lunch in St. Ives The Digey, St. Ives, Cornwall

I interrupted Peter eating a lunch of roast duck and roast potatoes outside this restaurant in St. Ives. He had a digital Leica sitting on the table and he kindly let me try it out. We got talking about film vs digital the pros and the cons - as you do.

Peter works as an artist, based in St. Ives, and shoots landscapes. I can't remember if he said he painted from life or the photograph. A really confident guy, I got the impression nothing would phase him!

Sorry about interrupting your lunch Peter.

Leica M6, Kodak Tri-x, HC-110 'B' - 7 mins.