Rooftopping Williamsburg

In viewing other photographer's work set in stunning surroundings, it's easy to muse on your own neighborhood and ponder how wonderful it would be like to live somewhere more charming. Either we live in a densely populated place with too much concrete and not enough urban space or vice versa; in which case it's easy to buy into the fallacy that more exotic locations equate to "better photos". I'm guilty of it all the time.

My wife generally teases me when we go out for a drive because while she's looking straight ahead, I'm paying attention to the road as I should be but I'm also occupied with cloud formations, contrasting colors on walls, the trees budding, the juxtaposition of objects and just broadly speaking, I'm on the lookout for new sites to photograph. I'm convinced some people are more naturally observant than others. To be a good photographer you must be a good observer. I'm constantly commenting about the ambient light in a particular place or how it would be gorgeous to take a photograph here or there.

I've walked across and around the Williamsburg Bridge on numerous occasions to a point where I would downright avoid being in close proximity to it because I didn't feel there was any photograph I could possibly take that would be any different from the image overload which already pervades both Flickr and Instagram. Luckily I've learned to keep off my phone while meandering around neighborhoods that I'm very familiar with in hopes that I'll discover a new vantage point.

The other evening along with a few local photographers (Joshua Allen Harris, Jose Tutiven, Carolyn, Conor McClure and Donal Rey), we ventured up to a rooftop that granted us with one of the most epic and refreshing views I've ever come across of the Williamsburg Bridge. Needless to say that my strong desire to located a new vantage point was satisfied.