Unfiltered

One More Day

This past spring break I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most iconic cities in the United States, New York. Aside from being home to over fifty-four million visitors a year, thirteen thousand taxis and a population of over 8 million according to nycgo.com, it is the home of some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.

The less important thing you should know is that I was in New York for the College Media Associations annual convention. The University of Portland’s student newspaper The Beacon takes a few of us  each year to help us learn something to make the newspaper better.

The best part of this convention is the photo contest they hold for photographers or anyone who wants to enter. The first day of the convention they give you a handout with a prompt for the contest which outlines what you should take pictures of.

This years prompt was “One more day.” We had 2 days to explore New York and take pictures that would entice someone to spend one more day in the city. But the tough thing is we only got to submit 2 photos… We just had two chances, just two pictures and a caption for each, to convince people to stay in New York for one more day.

Two pictures wasn’t enough, I met so many amazing people in New York and all of them, in their own right, could be a reason to come back and visit. Below are the following 2 pictures and captions that I entered into the contest. The ones following those are pictures I feel should be seen and speak to the wonderful character of the people that I met while in New York.

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Pushing your way through a laughing crowd, you can see Lelson Trujo, a member of the street performance crew, Two Steps Away. Mr. Trujo and his fellow crew members do performances in Central Park everday, for people from around the world.

"Larry Reddick feeds the pigions at Washington Square Park. Mr. Reddick asks for donations so he can keep feeding the pigions, many of which are owned personally by New Yorkers. 'I'd come out here everyday if i could, if only people would donate a little more money so i could afford their food.'"

“Larry Reddick feeds the pigions at Washington Square Park. Mr. Reddick asks for donations so he can keep feeding the pigions, many of which are owned personally by New Yorkers. ‘I’d come out here everyday if i could, if only people would donate a little more money so i could afford their food.'”

Those are the two pictures I believed would entice a person to stay one extra day in order to explore places like Washington Square Park or Central Park. These next pictures are the ones I wish I could’ve submitted if I was allowed more than 2 pictures.

David Rubinstein sits on a bench in Washington Square Park and answers an email from his wife. Mr. Rubinstein is an art historian who has taught at NYU, Colombia and various community colleges in New York. He has been living in New York for over 20 years.

David Rubinstein sits on a bench in Washington Square Park and answers an email from his wife. Mr. Rubinstein is an art historian who has taught at NYU, Colombia and various community colleges in New York. He has been living in New York for over 20 years.

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The performance group Two Steps Away pose for a picture with an audience member who they volunteered to be in their show.

Win or lose, someday I know that I will find myself in New York. Then I will search for the amazing people who made my visit their so wonderful and showed me how people can truly be great to one another, regardless of where they come from.

To see the other entries and winners of the contest click here.

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2 replies »

  1. These photos are absolutely AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!! The way you captured their movement and caught it in a complete standstill is breathtaking, you did an amazing job!

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