New York’s Streets; My Lens.

“New York is cold but I like where I’m living, there’s music on Johnston St all through the evening…”

Leonard Cohen

Well if Cohen ~ one of my musical heroes ~ loved the Big Apple then I guess there’s little surprise that I do too. The only oddity I guess being that it took me until my 40s to actually visit this amazing city!

However once I had I was hooked. Pre 40 I’d never been; post I’ve now been three times and counting. And it’s not as if I can just pack up the car and visit. I live in Melbourne, Australia…

girls passes billboards in new york

Get ready for 7000 words

Well not quite. But ‘they’ say a picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words don’t they. And whilst most of my posts are around 1000 – 1500 words long I’m going to just hand this homage over mostly to my photos.

Besides I have written about this Manhattan muse a few times already…

And I really recommend reading about the time I went out photographing during a NYC heatwave that was so hot my shoes actually melted! 

New York through my eyes

I’m not sure if it is actually possible to have a love-affair with a city? Certainly not in a tactile way ~ that just summons up all kinds of disturbing imagery. But surely it is possible to fall emotionally, spiritually & culturally…

And boy have I ever!

Fallen for NYC’s pulse, vibrancy, people, culture, streets, food and coffee^… (^Just joking about the coffee)

man with balloons in new york

The Big Apple ~ a gallery

I’m all for the eco-credentials of the new hybrid NYC cabs but boy they just don’t photograph like the old gas-chuggers. I was lucky to get a few on my last trip there a few years ago.

times square new york cabs street photography

There is always an energy in New York. And it comes from the people. And for a shy guy from Australia I love that they don’t seem to care-less if you photograph them. They’re way too busy and I always try to be respectful; keep my distance.

new york street art with man passing infront
cool cafe in new york photographed through window
girls run under fire hydrant in new york

But what about you. Do you love NYC too? What do you love most about this incredible city?

As always ~ thanks for reading!

All photography copyright Saxon Templeton. All rights reserved.


Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

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