NYC Street Photography & the Art of Seeing

Highlights:

  • Learn to improve the artistic and technical aspects of your photography assisted by two professional photographers
  • Opportunity to photograph a variety of areas and genres
  • After the workshop, Essdras M Suarez will offer a group review and discussion your photos

Details:

  • Participants: Min 8 – Max 12
  • Workshop Cost: $1,200
  • Deposit/Registration Deadline: deposit of $300 by July 15, 2022
    • Note: 8% of the deposit is non-refundable due to administrative costs
  • Final Payment Deadline: payment of $900 by Aug. 30, 2022

Introduction:

This workshop, led by 2X Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Essdras M Suarez,  has been designed with you, the photographer, in mind:

 

  • To pay homage to serendipity and the gods of photography, we will remain flexible, just in case …
  • To show you the best way to capture New York City and its denizens and some of its attractions in new ways and through new perspectives.
  • To avoid the weekend crowds in New York City, thus the Wednesday to Friday schedule.
  • To minimize the amount of walking, we have grouped the locations.

 

Overview:

 

Day 1

Morning:

  • We will begin the workshop in the Chelsea area. 
  • Starting with the Highline Park: 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan. More than a park, you can walk through gardens, view art, experience a performance, savor delicious food, and get a unique perspective of New York City. Essentially, it has become a hub for both public art and art installations.
  • The Vessel: This elaborate honeycomb-like structure is an extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards Public Square. The Vessel is 150-feet high and has 154 interconnected staircases totaling around 2,500 steps, and 80 unique landings. Even though this installation is closed to the public, it still lends itself to some fantastic images from the ground. 

Afternoon:

  • In the afternoon, we will explore Central Park and visit:
  • Strawberry Fields: A5-acre landscaped section in New York City's Central Park, designed by the landscape architect Bruce Kelly, that is dedicated to the memory of former Beatles member John Lennon.
  • Wagner Cove: One of Central Park's lesser-known treasures. This small location on the edge of The Lake is punctuated by a rustic shelter reconstruction of a historic design from the 1860s.
  • Cherry Hill: An ideal place to photograph the lakeside view of the NYC
  • Bow Bridge: A cast-iron bridge that crosses over The Lake and is used as a pedestrian walkway. It is decorated with an interlocking circles' banister, with eight planting urns on top of decorative bas-relief panels.
  • Bethesda Terrace: One of the most iconic and well-known features in Central Park the Terrace is a large plaza consisting of two levels. You through an arched Arcade adorned with carvings that depict the four seasons with detailed renderings of fruit, flowers, plants, and birds to a terrace surrounding the “Angel of the Waters” fountain.
  • Time Square: After taking time out for a snack, we will wander around Time Square - one of the world's most visited tourist attractions. It is a major commercial intersection, entertainment center, and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan. It is one of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.

 

Day 2

Morning:

  • Today we will begin in Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village. The 75-acre public park is one of the best known of New York City's public parks. It is a great place for street photography and offers a central fountain, playgrounds, paths to stroll, a chess and scrabble playing area, and commemorative statuary such as its arch honoring George Washington.
  • Then we will stroll the streets of Greenwich and West Village.

Afternoon

  • After lunch, we will continue to Pier 51 from which you can take photos of the stilt structure on the “Little Island.”
  • Then we will swing by the newly created “Little Island” in the Hudson River Park. The 2.4-acre park offering a striking stilt design, beautiful walking paths, several overlooks and a playground.
  • We will end our day exploring the Chelsea Market defined as a neighborhood market with a global perspective that offers art, culture, food, beverages, etc.

 

Day 3

Morning

  • We will regroup at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park) where we'll have a myriad of photo opportunities such as The Statue of Liberty as seen from the shoreline, the unique SeaGlass carousel, the gardens, and the NY's Korean War Memorial.
  • Then, we will walk through Bowling Green Park to photograph the “Charging Bull” (the 7,000-pound, bronze sculpture that symbolizes New York's financial industry).

Afternoon

After lunch on your own: 

  • We will make our way to Metro to the City Hall Park and grab a snack before we spend a bit of time photographing the Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan side.
  • After that, we will visit Fulton Subway station with its beautiful natural light and architecture and we'll finish at Millennium Park, which is world-renown for its awe- inspiring design.
  • After lunch on your own, we will regroup and explore DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass):
  • Visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park where we can take photos of Brooklyn Bridge and great views of the Lower Manhattan skyline
  • Walk under the bridge to see Jane’s Carousel – a nearly century-old ride that has been refurbished – and take photos of the Manhattan Skyline from a different angle.
  • Then, an absolute must – we will walk to Washington Street to the most popular photo spot in Brooklyn. A shot that captures Dumbo’s cobblestone streets, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Empire State Building
  • To finish our adventure, we will take the Metro to New York’s vibrant Chinatown, which draws foodies and tourists to its many Chinese and Southeast Asian restaurants for dumplings, pork buns, and hand-pulled noodles. Locals hang out in leafy Columbus Park for Tai Chi, chess and mahjong.

Our NY Street Photo and the Art of Seeing EMS Photo Adventures program will end around 5 PM on this day. 

 

BONUS for this Workshop:

A month after the workshop, a Zoom meeting will be scheduled where Essdras will review photos sent by participants – this can usually be done anonymously or people can choose to divulge ownership of the photos being presented. Sharing your photos and seeing how each one of you has their own unique perspective and point of view on the same subjects along with commentary and feedback from Essdras will make this an unforgettable learning experience. 

 

Included

  • Three packed days of on-location instruction and guidance by Essdras M Suarez.
  • A 3-day Metro pass

 

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from NYC: flights, train, or any other means of transportation you will need to participate in the workshop
  • Lodging – Recommendations:
    • Near the Mid-town Chelsea
    • Arrive one day prior – May 31st, 2022 - since we start bright and early the following day.
  • All meals
  • Additional costs incurred by participants – souvenirs, drinks, etc.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

NYC Street Photography/Art of Seeing Workshop October 2022