HIDDEN IN MANHATTAN

New York, USA

HIDDEN IN MANHATTAN

This photo was taken across from one of New York City’s most famous buildings, the Flatiron Building. There are moments when you stand in front of something that is so iconic that it shouldn’t be hard at all to take a good picture of it; yet no photograph you take is adequate. After shooting for a lengthy amount of time and not getting what I wanted, I turned around and saw this man. He was sitting at a bistro table with a small, white puppy on his lap, feeding it noodles with a pair of chop sticks. To me, some of the most beautiful people to photograph are not the ones who are stereotypically the most attractive, but the ones whose souls light up everything around them. I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw him. When I finally built up the courage, I walked over and asked if I could take his photograph. Beaming a big smile and nodding yes, he posed for me and I snapped a couple shots. When I looked at my photos later that night, there was not a single photo I liked from the fifty I shot of the Flatiron Building. The few that I took of this man, however, remain to be my favorites from my entire trip.

I always remind myself now that the best moments of travel are not always in the most touristy spots and well-known locations; instead they are hidden within the background of these iconic settings. You just have to take the time to look.