I shot the left frame just over 12 years ago on my first trip to New York. While it’s certainly not my first shot ever, it is one from the vaults that I knew I could revisit in a nearly identical way. I love the little things that have changed new background buildings, but even more so I’m digging the little things that are so static, even the coincidentally similar car parked just over the crest of the street.
I bought my first SLR when I was 19 years old. It was a Pentax K1000 and I spent every cent of my savings on it. I remember holding it for the first time and thinking “you just spent everything you had on this, better make something out of it”.
The next morning I was up early and saw this amazing sunrise, the sky was full of small clouds and it looked epic (I’m bummed that I can’t find that shot now, but this was the 90’s after all, it’s been a while).
That was the first photo I took with the Pentax, and the beginning of me taking photography seriously. I was in San Francisco last month and went up to Treasure Island, where I found this sky. It’s not a sunrise but it has that same larger than life feeling, like an announcement of great things to come (and it also showcases one of my favorite cities in the world).
Assignment: Oldest School
Assigner: Blake Sinclair
Description: When people find out I’m a photographer, they ask how I got in to it. And why I got in to it. Somewhere in the conversation, I think about the very first photograph I ever took. It might not be the EXACT photo, but it’s the one that comes to mind as the first. This month, recreate that photo. Or use it as inspiration. Bonus points if you can provide the actual photograph.