PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES: TWO WEEKS IN NEW YORK
Melbourne-based photographer Oli Sansom decided he best try street photography for the first time, so he packed his bags and headed to New York. Not wanting to waste any time editing or have cameras take over the show, the only plan was to get back to basics.
“I decided to strip it all right back and just bring a cumbersome 1970s TLR. No autofocus, no zoom, no nothing.”
With a mix of new film and film that expired in 1965, Sansom took advantage of the relaxed yet haunting black and white perspective, and the “beautiful degraded tonality” of the expired film. As a newcomer to the style, Sansom suffered many missed moments, but in time gathered a newfound confidence to be more forward and more deliberate.
“It was an interesting exercise and gave me a bunch of extra respect for street photographers. I was reluctant to get into peoples space, and I lost count of the number of times I hesitated and walked past an amazing setup, then grabbed the courage to go back and grab the shot – and it had all gone.”
Can’t get enough? Keep your eyes peeled for a small coffee table book due to be completed later in the year. You can also check out Oli Sansom’s website for other projects and more images in this series, or get in touch on Twitter and Facebook.
Words by Calani Knight.