During the first part of my self initiated project, I was writing that my intention was to find an answer to why I am drawn to the image of the city, what triggers different memories and emotions from one place to the other. An important question was if these memories and emotions were even mine to begin with or infused to me by pop culture (movies, iconography, etc.). The photographs of New York based photographer Andrew Mace, is a perfect example of what I was trying to say.
Back in the day, people used to familiarize themselves with the language of a new place they were visiting. Today, a google search is all it takes.
It’s like developing a new kind of language, based on images and visual stimuli instead of letters and words. And there’s no better ‘teacher’ than New York; take any era, any time past or present. There is no other city that has provided us with such strong images of the urban/city environment than the Big Apple. From photography to books and from songs to films, I believe we’ve all created a certain image in our heads of how it must feel to be in New York, walk down its avenues or stroll around its parks. This image can of course be subject to reality thus far from it. Either way make sure to check Andrew’s flickr set, for an overdose on New York scenery.