NYThroughTheLens: A Photographic Memory

Vivienne Gucwa

Williamsburg Bridge, Winter, New York City

Photography is a journey inwards. I look back at photos I have taken over the years and each photo has the ability to transport me back to the same set of emotions I was experiencing at the time.

I look at this photo and I remember standing on the Williamsburg Bridge with the brisk winter wind whipping past my face. The afternoon sun had moved behind a cover of bone-grey clouds and my heart was heavy because I felt like I lost the light for the day. I had been meaning to photograph the winter sunlight against the bridge's architecture. With my confidence shattered, I pondered putting my camera away.

I remember pausing when I saw shadows cradling the bridge's structure. They drew the eye towards two distant silhouettes. It was an extreme shift in light and mood.

The memory of this photo reminds me of a quote by French photographer Sarah Moon:

“Time goes by. Light falls. I lose confidence. I don’t want to be a photographer anymore…Then, all of a sudden, but not always, something changes, I can’t say why, maybe I’m just in the right place at the right time, or maybe I believe in it.

However, for a split second, I see a sparkle of beauty passing by, everything goes so quickly now within that stillness, and I’m carried away, and at last I like what I see, and I can’t stop finding it, then losing it, and all day long I keep on, because it once existed.”

Camera: Sony A99
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Check out more of Vivienne's work at her blog, NYThroughTheLens.



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