“You might hit the pavement or you might be lucky enough to glimpse wonderland – if only for a second. I guess you never know which way the cards will fall.”
One of the best things about NYC is no matter what time or day…there is always something to do. You don’t need a plan. You can walk out your door and see where the day/night takes you. A recent night out started with a date which led to an abandoned barbers shop which turned into a hip hop club and ended with a ride home in the back of a cop car. I’m not going to go into detail but the point is…anything is possible.
I love going on adventures by myself within my own city but sometimes it is nice to share them with others. My friend Andi is more often than not…my partner in crime. I’m not sure if we are better together or worse but either way – we are definitely more awesome. Take that anyway you want.
Heading out in NYC can be like diving head first down the rabbit hole. You might hit the pavement or you might be lucky enough to glimpse wonderland – if only for a second. I guess you never know which way the cards will fall. Either way…you’ll never find it in the same place twice.
“But the reality is…dreams don’t come easily…”
I am a dreamer. People often tell me I live in my own world. I do. A world of my own creation. I am in the business of making my dreams my own version of reality. I often hear how lucky I am – but the truth is…it has nothing to do with luck.
A year and a half ago I left behind my business in Australia to move across the world and try my ‘luck’ in one of the hardest cities in the world. I see each day in NYC as a personal victory – a dream I have made a reality.
But the reality is…dreams don’t come easily and I feel the only way to achieve mine is to forge a path of my own making.
Which is why… 6 weeks ago- I decided to leave the Christian Oth Studio and start operating under my own name. The studio was a great step forward in my career but it was at odds with my goals of personal, professional & creative freedom.
As a free agent – I am beyond excited for the coming year. Although NYC will be my home base…I will be splitting my time between Australia & the US. I am looking forward to travelling more, sharing more & creating more.
In regards to my wedding photography – I am looking forward to connecting with like minded clients and sharing their stories. I will continue to develop my fine art approach to wedding photojournalism and create my own trends within an industry that so often suffers from imitation.
For Tempting Alice… I will continue to nurture it and watch it evolve. Through the blog, I have been able to find my ‘voice’ and apply it to every aspect of my business. I see it as my strongest promotional tool and my greatest source for creative development. I am looking forward to growing my online gallery and hope that Tempting Alice will become a space that supports emerging photographic artists like myself.
Nothing is more predictable than change and reality is whatever you choose it to be. Watch me create my own…
Dave and I regularly go on food adventures and when the inevitable food coma descends upon me…Dave informs me that “Eating is a sport” and piles my plate up once more.
It’s rare to find a local in NYC. The city attracts people from all over the world chasing their dreams. They move in, move up then move on out. These people are referred to as transplants. In a way, it is the transplants that make the city what it is. People from all over the world aggressively working towards some type of ideal of success. I myself am a transplant and although I see NYC as a long term plan – I’m not sure it is forever.
But the transplants often forget that NYC isn’t just Manhattan or Brooklyn. NYC is made up of five boroughs; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. Most tourists and transplants alike will never venture into these outer Boroughs. I am lucky to have friends who grew up in NYC and encourage me to look beyond the boundaries of my neighbourhood.
The outer boroughs are usually more diverse and with diversity comes great food and culture. If you have been reading my blog for a while – you will know that I would be happy to eat my way around the world. The only person more serious about their food than me – is my friend Dave. It was Dave that termed the phrase ‘Eating is a Sport’. Dave and I regularly go on food adventures and when the inevitable food coma descends upon me…Dave informs me that “Eating is a sport” and piles my plate up once more. I prepare for these food adventures by hitting the gym hard in the days leading up to the event.
A few months ago, Dave took me on a food adventure to one of his favourite Malaysian restaurants in Queens. It was my first visit to Queens and although not far from Manhattan, it felt like a different world. I knew the meal was going to be epic when I walked in, sat down and looked around. I was the only non asian. This is a common occurrence on our food adventures and Dave often cheekily refers to me as his ‘token white friend’. None of this bothers me…I am just grateful for the experience.
I might be a transplant but that shouldn’t stop me from exploring all that NYC has to offer. If you are planning on visiting the city…remember that Manhattan isn’t everything…it’s just another borough. Be brave, look beyond the parade of tourists and discover a more authentic side to the city.
I am excited to announce my new online gallery as part of Tempting Alice.
I initially started Tempting Alice as a platform to showcase my photography as an art form. A year and a half in, I feel like the gallery is the realisation of that dream. As Tempting Alice continues to evolve – I hope the gallery will continue to grow and change along with it.
In the coming year, I am looking forward to featuring a selection of photographic artists and providing them with a space on Tempting Alice to showcase and sell their work. I believe in creating a photographic community and I hope that Tempting Alice can be a space to support and encourage other emerging photographic artists like myself.
Please take the time to visit my gallery and browse my photos.