"I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light." – Woody Allen (on the idea of moving to Los Angeles)
That's about it, unless you bottom feed on tabloids. New York City, in comparison to LA, is such a better representation of how humans should live together. Real people looking at other real people because nobody knows how to drive a car. The subway system is such a blessing because it forces interaction. And the sidewalks actually serve a purpose, in LA they could pass as a surrealist art installation.
At least I have the automotive industry as an excuse.
I was in NYC for a couple days and had the pleasure of visiting another Leica store. This has become a must for me whenever I visit a new city – it's so unique to be in a place with a different culture and personality, then to disappear off the street through a tiny door into a cozy room and notice a vibe that's all too familiar. There's a creative buzz in the air, a mystique about the product, and an appreciation for the fine things in life, the things that often go by unnoticed.
Upon my arrival I was greeted by John who introduced me to a young woman named Denise. She was modeling for the day, and was absolutely beautiful. Her look was interesting – it was pretend happy, a little disengaged, and a hint dark, which is what I wanted to show. John, however, wasn't as beautiful, mostly because he's a grown man, but that's not to say he didn't have any redeeming qualities. He was a really good guy, and he's a product specialist for Leica's new medium format camera, the Leica S (007). The camera James Bond would use for more reasons than just the name. This thing's a tank, and one of the best performers in its class. John pulled me into the studio, handed me the camera, asked how I wanted to set up the lights, and told me to instruct Denise on how to pose. He gave the keys of the castle to the goddamn jester.
The photos below are the product of this wonderful circumstance. The detail is intense, the colors are true, and the prose is clean and honest.