Street Photography in New York with James Maher

I’d really wanted to do a street photography in New York class whilst in NYC for Christmas. As you know,  I specialise in weddings & portraits, but am always keen to practice more landscape / street photography.

I did some research online and found a couple of tours which were with larger groups but having done something similar in London last year, I found I didn’t get too much out of it. I really needed a 1-1 workshop, with someone who could work with what I already know and hopefully teach me some new skills! I found James Maher (James Maher Photograhy) and instantly I knew he was the one for me! I loved his site, his work was exquisite and as I read through his page and the workshops he offered, I immediately opened my email to get in touch.

After a couple of emails backwards and forwards we had decided on a route that would start in SoHo, head down through TriBeCa, into Chinatown and out to the Manhattan Bridge. As much as I LOVE the ‘iconic’ backdrops of NYC, I wanted to venture into places I most likely wouldn’t have known about / found on my own. As it was a 1-1 session, James kindly said that Ash was welcome to come along and so I gave him my smaller, compact camera and he really enjoyed it, got to learn a lot about NYC from a local’s perspective and achieved some super pictures too.

We met James at 9am outside Crate & Barrel on the corner of Houston & Broadway.

Our ‘tour’ lasted around 4 hours. We got VERY wet and soggy, but the weather not only made for some interesting pictures (and I’m no longer scared to go out shooting in the rain!) but it put lots of people off just wandering, so I got some great pictures of streets that were deserted – that I’m sure would have been much busier on a dry day.

I was in my absolute element. I felt inspired and had a new found confidence, I think that came from being with another photographer and I didn’t feel shy about photographing people in the street – I suppose because I had James there for back-up!

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Street Photography in New York

Street Photography in New York

Street Photography in New York

Street Photography in New York

Street Photography in New York

Street Photography in New York

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He shared some really interesting stories as we walked around the different districts and I loved being able to pick his brains on different techniques and post processing styles, having stalked him online for the past couple of weeks! Ha! He’s a really accomplished photographer, infact his shots of NYC are actually on display Tiffany stores around the world, Photography can be quite a lonely business and there’s lots of competition so it’s wonderful when you find someone nice to chat to and get inspired by!

We walked down alley’s that were used for films / TV shows, including the recent ‘Gotham’ series and he pointed out roads and streets in Chinatown that had been notorious for murders and gangster activity in days gone by.

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New York Street Photography

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We walked past this disused lift shaft, someone had actually bought it and turned it into a museum! You could see in through the window.. I believe it’s open for 1 hour on a Saturday or some such but everything on display is numbered. You can ring a phone number that is posted on the door and give the number to hear the story behind the artifact! There is a real eclectic mix of random stuff, just tucked down a little alley near Canal St. I would NEVER have found this on my own!

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With it being Christmas Eve, James was telling us about his family celebrations, he was a really fun guy and very easy to chat to / get along with. We stopped for a hot drink and a dry-out about 2/3 way through the morning and Ash got the drinks in. It was nice to go to a great ‘local deli’ rather than one of the larger chains, again – it helps being with someone who knew! The place was called Simit & Smith.

Suitably refreshed, from there we walked around the Financial District and saw City Hall and the Woolworth Building.

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We walked halfway across the Manhattan Bridge as James wanted to show us his favourite view of the city. There was no-one else around and from there we could see the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, it was nice to have a slightly different perspective to those who usually walk the Brooklyn route.

Once back in Chinatown, we said our goodbyes and both hailed cabs (well, he hailed one for us too actually) He had to get back home to help his Wife with the Jewish / Italian ‘Christmas’ celebration they were hosting and we were soaked and starving! We’d planned to take the Subway, but were so wet and I was a bit cold, so we just took a cab. We’d walked miles this morning so a sit down was much needed and appreciated! It was a fantastic experience all in all and a day I’ll never forget. Thank you James!

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