First Blog Post In A Year - Street Photo Deep Dive

It’s been nearly a year since I shut down the journal portion of my site to focus exclusively on sharing only my best content, or rather, what I perceived to be my best content. My initial reluctance to maintain a blog didn’t stem from a lack of desire to share photos and write words. It was mostly influenced by a sense of self-sourced doubt - Doubt shaped by my imagination of outside perceptions. How would potential photo-editors receive my blogroll that’s filled with disorder? How would fellow photographers perceive my chaotic flitting from one photographic interest to the other? Would I be seen as a wet-behind-the-ears amateur who’s often a little too excited and eager to share the new lighting setup I just learned?

But why does any of that matter? It actually doesn’t. I find it increasingly hard to believe that any artist would be passed over for an opportunity because they have a blog of random snapshot photography attached to their portfolio. Maybe it happens, but I’d like to believe it’s an absurdity that doesn’t.

I take photos every single day. It’s also what I do for a living, so it’s more than a hobby for me. It is literally my life at this point - It is unquestionably who I am. The only exception to the drive is when I hit a period of burnout and find a brief sabbatical necessary. Even then, I don’t stop being a photographer. And, besides, we all need breaks here and there.

Having said all of that, I am pleased to share this post with you all. It’s bit of a deep dive into photos I’ve made over the past year around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. These are situations, scenes, and objects I came across that I found interesting. And, really, that’s the reason I shoot anything that I shoot - Because I find it interesting. The intent doesn’t have to be grand, the story doesn’t have to be there, the feeling can be as superficial as “cool”, and that’s why I shoot what I shoot. Because it meant something to me. Every single day.

I want to say the films used were a mix of Tri-X400, T-Maxx400, Portra400, and Portra800. Some stuff self-developed/scanned, but mostly developed and scanned by Color House in SoHo. Thanks for peeking.

Aaron Montoya | Eight Portraits

My friend, Aaron, came through for about 24 hours last week. He's taking off to Argentina and Bolivia for a few weeks and his journey brought him through NYC, so he crashed with Whit and I for his time here. We enjoyed good food, good drinks, and good conversation. We also made some portraits, which you can see below.

Be well, y'all. 

-Aaron