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The World through my Holga : New York by Nigel Rumsey

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I thought it was time for a little bit of colour around here. I've been sorting through some recent shots prior to an overhaul of the web site. In the process, I've come across a few Holga shots that I haven't posted before. No matter how digital I get I still love the look of the world through the simple lens of my Holga. The first three were shot in Manhattan and the last one was a farm we passed while we were lost somewhere in the Catskills in upstate New York. I remember this very fondly as one of my favourite parts of the trip.

You can see the full Holga gallery here.

The store front of Russo's café, Manhattan

Store front of a Beauty Bar in Manhattan, New York

A tumbled down red barn in New York state

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

Saul Leiter: The Art of Photography by Nigel Rumsey

I finally got around to watching Tomas Leach's documentary about Saul Leiter I mentioned last week. He's such an inspiring photographer, I love his use of minimalist composition and those amazing flashes of colour. I also watched the Art of Photography episode about Saul. Ted Forbes gives a great introduction to Saul's work, he explains what inspires him in the images. If you haven't seen the documentary this is a great introduction to the work.

New York City photo book by Nigel Rumsey

I'm very pleased with the results my first self-published photo book, shot on the not so mean streets of New York City. I don't mean that to sound immodest but, not having designed and published a photo book before, it's something of a voyage into the unknown. This is one my favourite shots taken in the fabulous New York City library building on Bryant Square. NYC Public Library

If you know New York and you've not looked around the library it's certainly worth a visit. This shot is taken in the Periodicals Reading Room (I think it was called) on the ground floor, left of the entrance. You can see a full preview of the book here.