Day 7 (January 7, 2014) – Austin, Texas
At 11:30 pm I finally arrived at my hotel in Austin, Texas – tired, with stiff, cramped legs from 4 hours of sitting in an uncomfortable (and ever smaller) airline seat. Despite wanting to just check in and get some shut-eye I knew I had to find my image for the day. I walked aimlessly around unfamiliar streets until my eyes were drawn to some leftover holiday lights. Our trees in New York are bare showing only signs of winter hibernation, but in Austin on these particular trees Fall was still in its colorful splendor. And the night light danced with colors of orange, green and red as the leaves rustled in the wind.
DAY 6 (January 6, 2014) – New York City
I have to thank my co-worker for this one. I was busy in a meeting when I get a call and she says “Shawn! Look out the window, here is your Day 6 image.” And she couldn’t be more right. I’ve photograph the Chrysler Building 100 times (check my instagram feed – @escography), but I am still amazed by how the light reflects off of its steel terraced crown, shifting colors as the sun sets each day. This is a dance of colors that I can never get tired of. I suspect I’ll post more images of this classic example of Art Deco architecture through out this project as each sunset (or sunrise) will paint the building differently.
Day 5 (January 5, 2014) – New York City
After a long day of traveling with a few delays because of weather, I finally made it back to NYC. I snapped this image on the train ride back to Brooklyn. I love photographing moments on the subway. Despite the impersonal space of crowded subway cars, everyone seems to be riding alone – lost in their own thoughts and conversations. I know when commuting to work in the morning, I’m usually reading the NY Times or a book, listening to a podcast and paying no attention to the third person who stepped on my foot or a screaming kid who doesn’t want to go to school. Subway time is alone time with strangers.
Day 4 (January 4, 2014) – Panama City, Panama
On my last full day in Panama I decided to just walk the streets of Panama City. Starting in the historic Casco Viejo neighborhood, I wandered until I got lost. I was far away from the path of tourist when I was exposed to the real Panama. Vibrant shops and commercial corridors reminiscent of East LA or a Chinatown almost anywhere. The streets were busy, full of life and a unique diversity that is Panama. Through the chaos of people, languages, smells and sounds I found this Kuna woman walking seeming slightly out of place because of her traditional dress. The Kuna are normally found on small islands about 5 hours away from the big city. I tried to get out to the San Blas region to document their culture myself, but the travel gods were not cooperating this go around. Luckily, I found this image simply by getting lost.
Day 3 (January 3, 2014) – Panama City (Casco Viejo), Panama
After a few days on the road, I made it back to Panama City in time to capture a beautiful sunset. I watched the blues and oranges slowly turn to black as the sun crept beneath the horizon.
Day 2 (January 2, 2013) – Portobelo, Panama
Because of a road closing I had to walk about a half a mile to the center of Portobelo, a small sleepy port town known for its Cristo Negro (Black Christ) statue. When I saw this beautiful cross surrounded by lush greenery on my way into the town, I knew I had to capture it. I waited about 10 minutes until some local residents were walking by before hitting the shutter release. The young girl noticed me before she walked into the frame and kept her stare as I captured this image.
DAY 1 (January 1, 2014) – Bocas Del Toro, Panama
As I sat waiting for a water taxi back to the mainland I noticed this man seemingly lost in his thoughts. It’s the first of the year and I wondered what he was thinking – was it the long day of hard work ahead? Was he thinking about the year that just passed and perhaps hoping for a better tomorrow? I’ll never truly know his thoughts, but I hope this image makes you want to know as well.
I shot this image because I thought his features were striking – worn leathery skin from time in the sun and probably long hours of work on the water, strong hands gently laying on his legs, a face with an obvious indigenous past and eyes that pierce through souls.
He is a stranger that I photographed on the first day of New
Year and of this 365 project. I will forever wonder his thoughts.