See photos that mash up New York and London (slide show)
Photographer Daniella Zalcman's "New York + London" project may become a book, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign.
Wed Apr 24 2013
Photograph: Daniella Zalcman
As photographer Daniella Zalcman prepared to move from New York City to London in late 2012, she decided to document her old home using only her iPhone. Once she arrived in the U.K., she spent some time photographing her new city in the same way—and then created double exposures from the images of NYC and London, with a little help from photo-editing apps like Instagram. "I think it's natural to mentally compare your new home to your old home when you move, and this is my version of that," she explains.
Zalcman has been posting these mash-ups to her Flickr and Instagram accounts since last year, and earlier this month, she began a Kickstarter campaign to help make a book based on the project (called "New York + London") a reality. The project was funded within three days, and Zalcman is now working on a surprise benefit for backers if she reaches $18,000 before the campaign ends.
Zalcman says that the images were all taken as she went about her normal business in both cities, but there are differences between NYC and London that inspired her. "I studied architecture in college and I think there's something very lovely about how London and New York interact visually," she explains. "London is very much concerned with preserving its aesthetic and architectural traditions, and New York is very much about a constantly shifting skyline and ongoing modernization." That's apparent in her photos, which contrast landmarks (such as the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster, or NYC's Grand Central Terminal) with quotidian street scenes and squat apartment buildings.