New York City is a place of endless discoveries. To show everything, we are happy to announce #StreetEasyFinds. Share your NYC findings with us on Instagram: photos of homes, views, neighborhoods, or anything you’d like, and we’ll share our favorites. Each month we highlight the work of one of our favorite NYC photographers as they share their #StreetEasyFinds with us. Today we are pleased to present Gerry Padden, a longtime photographer and a Northeast native who captures the beauty of the city with his iPhone and Canon camera.
NAME: GERRY PADDEN // ACCOUNT: @ GMP3
FROM: RHODE ISLAND // ACCOUNT EST: 2011
I have always loved photography. In 2011, there was no good alternative to sharing your work on a platform. I think Flickr, 500px and Tumblr were the main photography platforms, but didn’t interact much with others. So it was hard to get real-time feedback and learn. I jumped on Instagram when it first appeared, and it was a game changer. I often wandered around the city, catching it in all the natural elements. And I get involved in a variety of spontaneous events, like Manhattanhenge or a random fireworks display.
FAVORITE POINTS TO PHOTOGRAPHY IN NYC:
As cliché as it is, the West Village and Central Park are always my places to visit. The Western Village has a lot of character and is very picturesque. Central Park has amazing bridges, lakes and seasonal changes, surrounded by large buildings and chaos.
FIRMLY LOVES NYC BECAUSE:
I love how it constantly changes, whether it’s the horizon, the leaves on the trees, or a randomly occurring event. It always seems to be worth photographing. People always give an interesting dynamic to any shot as well.
DREAM CITY OUTSIDE NEW YORK:
I have always been interested in Hong Kong. It has many of the same characteristics as New York City, but in a very different kind of environment. It is a very picturesque city with amazing food and countless places to explore. And it’s a central hub for traveling in that region of the world, a huge plus in my book.