©Jaimee Todd 2013
Last week I bought my first tripod so I could shoot some self-portraits as part of a photography project that I’m working on. I spent most of today practicing with some shots. Like most people, I HATE taking pictures of myself. The casual ones that are littered around Facebook and Instagram are one thing, but posing full-on for my DSLR is an entirely different thing. When I uploaded my shots, my reaction was a bit strong because the shots seems to show another side of myself that appears moodier, more vulnerable. It’s always eye-opening when you see yourself through someone else’s “eye”.
The last time I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge was seven years ago, when some friends of mine had a hankering for Grimaldi’s Pizza after a long day at work. You can make it across in a matter of minutes but it took us forever because I kept stopping and taking pictures with my little point and shoot Kodak.
This past weekend I decided to revisit one of my favorite bridges with my new Nikon. I was kind of bummed to find out that the bridge is undergoing restoration, so some of the more spectacular views of Manhattan and the river were blocked by these long stretch of steel panels. As it turns out, like in the picture above, those provided an interesting new perspective to my little trek and I was able to go on and take some pretty cool shots.
This week, I’m going to hike across the Queensborough Bridge (it’ll never be the Ed Koch Bridge to me, sorry) with my camera to compare views. In the meantime, check out these Brooklyn Bridge shots. As always, prints of my photographs are available in customizable sizes, so if you’d like one, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self Portrait, ©Jaimee Todd
While I was at one of my day-job gig, I was taking a break and looking out over a beautiful view of lower Manhattan. When I saw my reflection, I thought it would be pretty cool to take a self-portrait shot with my iPhone. I really love the act of making photographic collages by shooting reflections of images in glass. When I’m doing my photoediting and bring out and the shadows and highlights of each image, I sometimes get a surprise because sometimes I capture things unexpectedly.
As you might have guessed, I’ve become quite enamored with street photography and my little buddy Stevie. They’re both addictive.
Last night I was on the subway on my way home and as I was looking out of the subway window, I was fascinated by how the reflection of a man leaning up against the train car wall melded with the view of the street below in the window. It created kind of a ghostly apparition. I took a couple of shots and played around with the colors to come up with two different interpretations of the shot.
Interference (Black & White), ©Jaimee Todd
Interference, ©Jaimee Todd
I can’t decide which one I like the most; the black and white image, as my friend said, had a jazzy vibe to it. The colorful one has a decidedly energetic feel to it.
So why choose? I’ll just share and enjoy both.