Early in the North American winter of 2018, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in NYC and Washington D.C. While there, I shot roughly twenty rolls of film mostly Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Superia 400 and Ilford HP5.
With a couple of cameras in my bag (Contax G2 and Contax TVS) and an assortment of film stocks, I wandered the cold sidewalks of the North-Eastern winter. I couldn’t help but notice the patterns of neon, trash, consumerism, power and overcrowding.
Often heralded as the ‘greatest country in the world’, America certainly is an intriguing place to outsiders like myself. During my time there, I spent hours exploring fascinating neighbourhoods like Little Italy, Midtown and the Meatpacking District in New York City.
Comparatively, my group made our way south to Washington D.C. where it’s hard to misunderstand that it truly is a city bathed in inescapable government, history, money and prestige.
This piece was shot on a variety of film stocks while in the states, but mostly Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Superia XTRA 400 and Ilford HP5. The cameras used were the Contax G2 with the Biogon 28mm and Vario-Sonnar 35-70mm alongside the Contax TVS. Flash was used where required, albeit rarely. The film was developed and scanned at Hillvale in Melbourne and at LTI Lightside in Manhattan.