Coney Island

In the summer of 2019 I spent a few days photographing Coney Island. As usual I photographed digitally in color and with black & white film. The immediacy of digital is a necessity today, however the process of film appeals more to my artistic sensibility. Initially I was disappointed at the result but once I viewed my negatives I realized that somehow all the good pictures had found there way there.

Part of the fun in shooting in film is that you don’t know what you got. It isn’t until weeks later that you have a sense of accomplishment or often times disappointment. But it is the sense of surprise and anticipation that makes me do it. And the fact that there is no turning back, especially shooting in black and white.

Because so many other photographers had photographed here, I was drawn to come. Maybe that nostalgia, which can be deadly for a photographer, made these pictures happen.