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Photos Taken On The Streets Of NYC The Morning After The Night Before

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Photos Taken On The Streets Of NYC The Morning After The Night Before

Manhattan Sunday is a portrait of New York's glamorous Saturday-night party scene as it bleeds over into Sunday morning.

These are the witching hours between 3 and 4 am, when photographer Richard Renadli has been setting his alarm to catch them with his 8x10 camera.

Renadli is an experienced character in the NYC party scene. He's been going out in Manhattan since the mid-1980s, so he knows all about the magic of that first early morning light. Those are the peaceful moments, the moments before the city fully awakens and Manhattan's revelers are making their final rounds.

The city is deceptively empty and calm, a perfect counterpoint to the sweaty exuberance of the disco.

"There is a feeling of possibility that something might happen," he says of those early hours. "The potential that the nightclub offers to meet, flirt, and engage with strangers, carries over into the streets. The city is deceptively empty and calm, a perfect counterpoint to the sweaty exuberance of the disco." 

The portraits are a fleeting glance, a shared moment on the street. The meeting is chance and Renadli's subjects are perfect strangers. He doesn't even name the photos, rather he gives them a time stamp as if they were entries in a research project.

"I was drawn towards people that projected confidence and comfort with becoming the image of their own imagination," he says of his subjects. "I was drawn to people living out their fantasies, wherein some small or large way nightlife meant something to their sense of identity."

The city takes a while to wake up, and the first people you see at the break of day are the night-clubbers, street cleaners, and prostitutes.

"I was drawn to people that comprised part of the culture of New York nightlife. That said I never intended of attempted to catalog a who’s who of the present nightlife scene, though some of the subjects in Manhattan Sunday are notable fixtures and impresarios of the night."

Renadli published Manhattan Sunday portraits as a book which is accompanied by an essay which describes his experiences as a young gay man back in 80s New York. Find it here

Via Dazed

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