I had this idea for a possible new series– adding a twist to my shots of empty city street scenes on early weekend mornings by posing myself in the image wearing a hat, suit, and overcoat or raincoat. I put it off and off, in part because it’s hard enough running around the city taking pictures at 5 or 6am, without hauling a costume along with me. I finally went for it a few weeks ago. I was shooting in Manhattan, in the Gramercy park area, early on a Saturday. It was pretty deserted, but a few people were around, and I actually got cold feet. I might have worked through it but it started to rain so I packed it in. While I was on my way home it cleared up a bit, so I started cruising around Greenpoint looking for a suitable spot, and I saw this gorgeous Airstream trailer on this perfectly empty industrial setting. If I continue this into a series, I plan to cover all sorts of areas, not just industrial scenes like this. Small streets, landmarks, etc.
Except for a few dog walkers and joggers, including one giant running group that passed through in the middle of my shoot, the area was completely deserted. I tried several variations on the shots, including different poses. I also tried some long exposures that didn’t work out, and I need to research how to fix some of those issues. Anyway, I’d love to get feedback. Not sure if this is worth the extra effort. Also, if I do go forward, I need to figure out what to call this.