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New York City | Dancing Underground

I apologize for this late post as it is a series of photographs from my recent trip to New York City this past summer where a chance encounter led to an amazing experience. To my defense I have been extremely busy working on a variety of projects here in Calgary and committing to a total […]

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November 11, 2013 - 7:14 am

janice I love riding the subway in nyc, so many interesting people, and stories, and some days it seems like there is great music on every platform. thanks for sharing your trip, your stories, and your photography.

November 13, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Jeff Cruz Wondeful work! I love it. The photos and your story make me feel like I was right there in the cramped space, the feeling of like, is this really happening right now? Thanks for sharing!

Love: Stranger Series New York City

There is something to be said about going for a walk. I find walking alone especially with a camera can be one of the most calming and exhilarating experiences as a photographer because you never know who or what your going to run into and it forces you to slow down and really look at […]

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October 15, 2013 - 2:37 am

Malcolm Tubb Great stuff Jeremy! I’ve seen a few weird things in my travels to, but never sweet potato pies. Great you built some rapport with him and captured it.

Ahmed: Stranger Series New York City

As I was walking the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City this past summer (2013), I noticed a elderly man on the pedestrian path was selling water out of a portable cooler on a dolly. Now if you have never been to New York City in the summer time it gets ridiculously hot especially during […]

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I recently went to New York City for three weeks for a project that I am working on involving the New York City dance community. Usually when I travel for an extended period of time for a specific project, I try to allocate a few days where I just walk with my camera photographing only […]

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July 24, 2013 - 11:28 am

Ariane Awesome pictures! And what a cool story 🙂

July 24, 2013 - 11:43 am

Boon I was bored. I have more than hundred pages of document to write up, but this morning, I felt drained and uninspired. Until I saw your new blog feed on Facebook, to my curiosity, I clicked on it.
What an amazing read!
Some how, it gives me chill, I’m not sure why. I feel so close to it, but at the meantime, it’s not something that I am familiar with. I guess is the person that you picked and you encountered along the way.
You were in NYC, you didn’t pick a Caucasian, Mexican, black or aboriginal, who we probably have seen plenty of people photographed before. You picked a Chinese lady. You didn’t pick a homeless, but an average lady who we regularly see in China Town but hardly pay attention to them. You bumped into a Malaysian guy who speaks both mandarin and Cantonese, which is awesome!
I really wish I am there to help you be a translator too and hear all the stories from her. (cause I am a Malaysian too and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin, ha.) There are so many questions going in my mind. Lots of why?
And I love the images. Totally feel all the hard work she needs to go through to earn for a living. Imagine if it’s raining or during winter time. I really wish one day she could find a better job in a restaurant again and being paid hourly.
Great story, great work Jeremy! Big thumbs up for you.

July 24, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Kristine Cookson Incredible Jeremy. I don’t know what else to say! Loved reading this.

July 27, 2013 - 8:43 am

Liz totally love your new images of Lilly, showing her hard work and her bright smile.
Your writing that accompanies the photo’s is great, thanks for sharing your pictures and your story that lead to Lily.

August 6, 2013 - 12:25 am

Clayton Hansen Very compelling story.
Lately I have lost that loving feeling needing more inspiration for the craft.
Makes me want to take my camera out more often!

Kudos sir!