Old New (York)

I spent a month in New York earlier this year for work. I'd never been before and it was a weird way to visit for the first time. My company had rented me an apartment at 3rd and 34th, only about a ten minute walk from our office there where I would be working. And this was in June which, while NYC is apparently quite hot in a normal summer, was the most humid place I have ever been in my life, and that includes Thailand in summer. 

After a 5 hour flight delay on the way there, I landed in New Jersey in a rain storm which continued still when I arrived by Amtrak in Manhattan. It was after 9pm on Sunday at this point and so, within 11 hours of arriving in New York for the first time, I was sweaty and walking to work and that pretty much sums up my weekdays for the entire month. 

My company graciously flew my wife down on the weekends, and we spent the time meandering around the city, which was pretty much what I spent my evenings doing when she wasn't there as well, which is probably all I will ever do when I visit again in the future (I've actually already been back since). I'd never felt a huge need to visit NYC before because I live in a pretty big city as is and there was so much else I felt I wanted to see elsewhere in the world first. But it was amazing. What an insane place. Just buzzing with life. It really is the world's city, a bastion of the future but also with a very old feeling to it as well. The streets are either narrow and full of European architecture, with open-fronted bars and cafes spilling out on to the sidewalk, or huge, 8-lane sprawls with towering skyscapers and bustling suits storming around and yet it all sits comfortably alongside each other.

It is definitely a walking city and next week I am going to post a series of collections of shots I took while wandering. 

My 4.5 star review of my husband, the photographer (aka: a meditation on patience by my beautiful wife)

Dave's number one passion is, besides me of course, photography, which explains why he is so amazing at it. We have so many great memories of our life captured wonderfully by his eye and his camera...well, that's not totally true. what we do have is so many great pictures of trees, birds, clouds, lightning...I am reasonably sure I've seen a couple of us in there somewhere, but I'm not positive. I am pretty confidant when we travel his check list goes: passport, camera, wife, wallet, etc.

Sometimes, when we go for a walk, I will be telling him a hilarious story and just as I get to the best part I realize Dave is 30 feet  back, camera to his eye, taking the perfect shot of a bird.

I hate birds.

It's fine though, we will have tons of beautiful photos of the places we have been and things we have seen covering our walls... And I will just have to check Facebook to see if any of the strangers we met during our travels tagged us in any photos together. 

An unbiased review of my work by my mother.

David's web site is so clever and original.  There are many subjects that are just so attractively shot, enough for magazine covers.  In my opinion, his eye for colour and balance is amazing.  He's always been an individual with a great imagination!

I could tell you about the time he tried to climb into a mirror. So cute. But I'm getting off subject. 

It's just amazing, that's all.

David, is this good enough? Call me when you have a second.

Love,

Mom

brtnphotography.ca

Welcome to my new webpage, home of my pictures and, moving forward, some thoughts and writings I have. 

I am a photographer and writer who works in the travel industry. Originally trained as a camera operator for film and video productions, I moved into photography initially as a hobby that has since become almost a form of meditation for me. My primary love of photography lies in the still patience of shooting night skies and skylines and lightning storms, but there is something about capturing the fleeting moments shown in a person's face that has drawn me into model and portrait photography as well. 

Writing and words in general have always been a passion of mine and, as I get back into writing and comedy, I intend on using this as a space to voice some thoughts and post short stories, sketches or anything else I can come up with. 

Regardless of how you got here, I hope you find what you were looking for or at least enjoy what you find. 

 

dave