Kodachrome Photos Taken By A Shy Student In 1980s NYC

Kodachrome Photos Taken By A Shy Student In 1980s NYC image

Kodachrome Photos Taken By A Shy Student In 1980s NYC

As a film student at NYU in the 1980s, Robert Herman felt lost and alone. Of course, he wasn't the first or last to feel that way. With it's pulsing, crowded streets and endless stretches of concrete, New York is a notorious for leaving it's newest residence feeling isolated.

To adapt to his new surroundings, the young film student picked up his camera and began walking the city. He would capture scenes on the street to feed his creativity and, as an added bonus, the camera served as just the buffer he needed to interact with the city.

“I felt like a very vulnerable person,” Herman recalled in 2013. “Photography was my intermediary between me and the world. I was trying to find peace wandering the city. "

"After a while you get in a Zen space and the world slows down. And when you’re an outsider, you notice things that other people just walk by.”

Herman wasn't the first New Yorker to adopt this plan of attack.

Take Andy Warhol for example; he was shy, awkward, and terrified of most people. In order to make interactions possible, he could always be found buffering reality with a camera. He was constantly filming, shooting, and framing shots while in public.

Though a nervous tick, we can't say it's a bad habit. Look at all this incredible work! The images speak for themselves. Plus, it's always fascinating to get a peek into yesteryear.

“SoHo, Tribeca and the East and West Village in the early ’80s were wonderful places to shoot," Herman says. "The buildings were short so there was direct sunlight on the street. My inspiration for making a street photograph always starts with the light and the color."

"I shot Kodachrome because I loved the way the colors popped. SoHo was still the place where the artists lived, graffiti was everywhere I looked and it made a great background for some of my photos. Kenmare Street was on the edge of Little Italy and still an Italian neighborhood, so I was constantly making pictures.”

Via Flashbak

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