For their first task, the US CitySlickers will show us around their towns and cities, documenting their experiences in analogue and telling us stories along the way. Let’s meet Bryn and learn more about New York City!
Name: Bryn Jackson
City: New York
Occupation: Visual Artist and Filmmaker
Like many of the people I know, I am not a New York native, but rather, an immigrant working to make this city my own.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been immersed in the arts. When I was about 10, my parents started enrolling me in classes in painting and sculpture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art to keep me occupied during the summer months. Naturally, my interest extended to photography, and I received my first camera, a Canon AE-1, at the age of 17.
I moved to New York in the fall of 2006 to study Film and Video production and NYU. Having visited the city twice before, I knew well in advance that this is where I need to be. This was also the year when I first happened upon Lomography. I was window shopping in the village when I saw what would become my first Lomography camera : the ever-surprising Diana F+.
Seeking more control over my photos, I eventually purchased an Olympus XA (in addition to an Ultra Wide and Slim, a Pop9, and a number of other fun toys), and my love for analogue photography has since been cemented.
Having moved here from the Midwest, I find that my understanding of space in New York is very different from that in Indianapolis. I believe this has a lot to do with the abundance of public transportation and pedestrianism here. In indianapolis, where I drive wherever I need to go, everything is laid out in front of me, whereas here in NYC, space seems to exist in pockets separated by significant periods of time underground in a subway car. Furthermore, with all the tall buildings, one experiences a kind of canyon effect. This leaves a lot of room for unused (or in many cases, unseen) spaces that I find particularly intriguing.
This is a New York I wish to share with you – one that is rarely seen, let alone traversed – and I hope that in reading my articles, you feel encouraged to challenge the boundaries of your own home.