What’s your historical London and New York connection? I moved to New York in 2005 to study at Columbia University, and stayed for several years afterwards while working as a freelance photojournalist primarily for The Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News. In November, 2011 my fiance (also a journalist) and I moved to London.
How can NYC and London best engage with each other? Visually, I think there’s a great aesthetic dialogue between the two cities — where New York feels like a young, new city of glass and steel, London is very much rooted in architectural tradition and maintaining its visual history. It’s a lovely contrast.
Tell us about your Kickstarter project: When I moved from New York City to London late last year, I decided to create a series of double exposures. These images are a love letter to two beautiful cities — a personal map of their streets and their skylines.
All of the photos were taken with my iPhone 4S and gently edited with smartphone apps. There are 100 New York + London images in total — covering the South Bronx to the Far Rockaways in New York, and Whitechapel to Hammersmith in London.
This Kickstarter’s primary goal is to fund the first edition of a photo book for New York + London. The books, available in three sizes (5.5″ square softcover, 8.5″ square softcover, and 8.5″ square hardcover), will be printed by a lovely company based in Colorado called Artifact Uprising.
How 3460 is she? Back her Kickstarter project here: New York + London: A Collection of Double Exposures.
Favorite London secret spot: My favorite spot in London is the cast court in the Victoria & Albert Museum. In the 19th Century, the V&A decided it would be a good idea to start collecting casts of famous sculptures so that art students could study and draw them without having to wander around Europe. Now, many of the casts are the only existing record of pieces that have since been destroyed. It’s pretty remarkable to walk around and see Michelangelo’s David and Trajan’s Column.
Favorite NYC secret spot: My favorite spot in New York is probably Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The carousel itself is beautiful, and it’s hard to beat that view of New York, sandwiched between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I don’t think I can choose one place! At some point, I’d like to spend a year or two living in Vietnam (where my mother was born) and France (where my fiance was born), for language-learning purposes and because I love both countries dearly. In the end, though, I think New York will always be the place that feels most like home.
In flight entertainment: What’s playing in your headphones right now? Some Mumford & Sons, Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Alex Winston. Also currently obsessed with Morningsiders, a band of current students at Columbia.
From the 3460 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LONDON