What’s beautiful about shooting film on the street is that you shoot with your gut—especially with 35mm. You don’t know the results instantly. You don’t have the preview screen that comes with digital cameras, so you can’t check and see if you got the shot you were looking for. That part of shooting digitally can be useful as you learn photography, but it’s ultimately a distraction from the process. Without the screen, you are forced to rely on yourself and your intuition. This is the place I enjoy—and prefer—shooting from. I shoot digitally as well, but these days I’ve trained myself not to look at the screen.
When I moved to New York around ten years ago, one of my first jobs was as a busboy at the Central Park Boathouse. The best part of working there was the walk to work through the park each day. It was such a great thing to be able to experience trees in abundance. Because of that job, I became familiar with many areas of the park. I don’t get to go as often these days, but whenever the opportunity comes around, there’s always a degree of nostalgia that comes back. When setting out to shoot this assignment, I wanted to convey a few different moods and feelings. Love, life, activity, fertility, awakening and a relationship to nature were all in mind as I photographed.