After spending my youth watching hundreds of people in hundreds of movies flagging an iconic New York City taxi and taking a ride, I was keen to have a go myself.
I have to be honest, the movies I have seen appear to view the whole getting a cab in NYC through rose tinted spectacles – FYI it is NOT as easy as it looks. New York is loud, the roads are busy, and despite every 9 out of ten vehicles on the road seeming to be a taxi they are all full most of the time. Standing on the curb, flailing an arm in the air casually and yelling “taxi” SJP Sex-and-the-City style is not going to work. I found the most successful approach was to spot a taxi that someone was about to alight and running bat-out-of-hell style towards it before it drove off without you!
Once you get in your taxi (although some of the drivers are reluctant to take you if it is a short fare) it is quite a fun experience. Being on the wrong side of the road, mental traffic rules, having a TV showing adverts and being able to pay by credit card all make it an exciting experience for an out-of-towner like myself. I found the taxis very reasonably priced and they feel a lot safer than here in the UK because with them all being the same it seems more official. Yes I could definitely have gotten used to traveling everywhere in them!
Our friends at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City are having some pretty amazing workshops in the next few weeks. We wanted to help them spread the word to our New York and tri-state Lomographers. Come spend a photo-filled afternoon at Penumbra!
Dimetri Hogan is a 24 year old creative director and photographer based in New York City. Co-founder of Off The Rails Magazine alongside Matthew Comer, Dimetri Hogan helps to project a new take on youth culture.
Are you a young photographer or a student of photography? In celebration of Youth Art Month, we invite you to share your photographs for the chance to win an exhibition at the Lomography Gallery Store in New York City, in the heart of historic Greenwich Village.
Today, we gain altitude with Ben Nardini, director of photography and pilot of drone for Almo film production. Passionate about image, whether static or moving, Ben meets the LC-Wide in the LGS in New York. He is taking this little analogue camera everywhere ever since, even when the good fellow leaves for Alaska. Let's go for a special meeting "from the top"!
Mitchell Wojcik is based in Brooklyn, New York. He likes "Ghostbusters, and to make whatever comes to mind and document my life as I go." He used to put a lot of thought into things, but now prefers to have fun and not think about it at all. Hmm, sounds like a perfect match for the Lomo'Instant Automat Glass!
A long-time fan of plastic cameras, Argentinean writer and photographer Lorraine Healy is the author of “Tricks With A Plastic Wonder,” a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera. In this article, Healy explores the world of color infrared film and its somewhat steep learning curve.