Alys Tomlinson – 19th October 2018

Alys Tomlinson - The Shot I Never Forgot - 'The Family, Coney Island 1998' Black and white photograph of a family walking past ferris wheel in Coney Island

Alys Tomlinson – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘The Family, Coney Island 1998’ (image of original print)

ALYS TOMLINSON – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

‘The Family, Coney Island 1998’

I was 22 and living in New York, finding my feet as a photographer. I would often take the F train down to Coney Island where I’d wander up and down the Boardwalk, too scared to approach anyone but happy to observe what was going on around me. I had my Dad’s old Pentax 35mm and got through roll after roll of b/w film. I could have picked many images from that year in NYC. I was sent all over the place to take photographs for the Time Out Guide to New York. A dream job for an aspiring photographer just starting out. There were many memorable moments – photographing a crazy gay club in Chelsea, spending hours trying to track down an Italian fruit and veg seller in the Bronx, an evening in a smoky Latino jazz club…but this image always stayed with me. Although I loved being in the darkroom, I’ve never been a great printer and I remember getting frustrated trying to print this well. It reminds me of a specific time in my life when I was discovering the joy of photography. When I look at it, I see the innocence of the kids’ expression, the fact that there’s no Mum, just a Dad with his family on a day out, dressed in the Hasidic Jewish way with the Wonder Wheel in the background.

> You can see more of Alys’s work at www.alystomlinson.co.uk

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Matt Johnston – 5th September 2014

Matt Johnston - The Shot I Never Forgot - Church sign in New York glowing under night lights

Matt Johnston – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘New York Church, 2008’

Matt Johnston – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘New York Church, 2008’

This image was made in New York, 2008 round the corner form a hostel I was staying at just off the Northwest corner of Central Park. For me it feeds my curiosity with the power and limitations of the photographic image and with North America. The bright neon lights seem at odds with the railings, locked cabinet and humble lettering that details the various weekly activities taking place at the church. Similarly this selection of events is both inviting and inclusive at the same time as serving as a reminder of American history. It would be disingenuous to suggest this image was carefully considered, in fact I am often frustrated to recall my eagerness to make the image above experiencing the scene in person.

As I continue returning to this image it continues to confuse me, gradually becoming alien – perhaps this is why it has never found a true home in any collection or grouping of images. 

www.mjohnstonphotography.co.uk

Erica McDonald – 3rd September 2014

Erica McDonald - The Shot I Never Forgot - Portrait of a girl holding flag during Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York

Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’

Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’

I often come back to a photo I took of a young girl named Emily. It was after a parade in the city, and we were in Central Park and she was walking with her family, transitioning from the activity of the day and the public realm back to the a more private frame of mind. We met there, psychologically, and the photo happened very quickly. It was a quiet but real connection and was one of the first times I felt successful in communicating the honest quality of the moment. Maybe I see myself in her, or perhaps it is just that the photo combines many elements that I appreciate in photography, but somehow the memory of the meeting, and the image, stay with me as one in the same.

www.ericamcdonaldphoto.com

Erica McDonald runs DEVELOP, an organisation that provides resources for the enrichment of the photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography community.

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