Kayla in NYC

The following photo essay is by my daughter, Kayla. She took her pictures around Union Square in New York City. When we moved to New York less than a year ago, she left behind her family, friends, family pets, a llama herd and open space of the Sierra Foothills where the mountain lions still stalk  their prey.

This is how she saw a part of NYC on one late afternoon.


17 responses to “Kayla in NYC

  1. She is developing a real unique style. I like it. Does she miss the Sierra Foothills? Or does this selection just reflect your personal views? The reason I ask is that her images seem to reveal that on a subtextual level – images that look up toward the sky, the image where there is the empty circular space on the concrete where the perimeter is crowded (one would long to move toward the empty space). Also images 6 and 7 show the photographer looking at the man-made through a nature filter. And the last image seems most telling in that the photographer is looking up through the glass ceiling that blocks access to the open space. Just some thoughts from my analytical mind. I could be so far off but who knows. 🙂

    • The selection here is Kayla’s. It is pretty much what she shot. This analysis is good…she is very much interested in nature. When in Cali she was always off shooting the outdoors. Here in NYC is all about navigating personal space and I think she caught it really well…I don’t think this was her intention …more of experience….Picture as an experience.

  2. Wow, I think she’s got some real talent going on. I’m especially taken by the dark & blurry quality of some of her street shots. Well done Kayla! I certainly hope that you’re encouraging her to actively pursue this, as it would be really interesting to see her unique style develop further.

  3. I was struck by a sense of her anonymity in this new space. With the exception
    of the image of three young people looking at her, people are photographed from behind or are quite shaded. The one shot of people walking towards her is high angle of the feet – avoiding engagement. Also, the soft focus and blurriness adds to the sense of her separation from the surrounding environment. The series is a well articulated essay on moving from country to city and coping with its rather overpowering form.

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