Having grown up on a steady diet of New York City crime shows, it would be easy to fall for the stereotypical image of a city to be feared and avoided. However, even my own home town of Toronto has its share of sensational news stories and the truth is that the actual events are few and far between. We all cry and laugh regardless of where we happen to hang our hats. Seeing past the headlines to the faces of our neighbours may at times, not be easy, but the effort can pay off in unexpected ways.
I was recently invited to New York City by Birad Rajaram Yajnik, to photograph a presentation, at the United Nations, of his Limited Edition book MKG published by Visual Quest Books. The book is dedicated to the early life of Mahatma Gandhi, and was presented to commemorate International Day of Non-Violence.
On my down time, I took the opportunity of this visit to wander New York’s mythical streets and acquaint myself with many of the place names I’d only ever seen on TV and movies, or read of in books. I knew it would be overwhelming, and I won’t be the last to say that a few days in the Big Apple doesn’t even come close to scratching the surface of such an icon. The smile on my face could be likened to a little kid in a candy store. No fear here, just shear enjoyment and an aching to return very soon.