Dear London... feeling under the (very hot) weather

Dear London,

The sun has come out with a vengeance in Manhattan and I think I am, quite possibly, the only person in 30 degree heat with a cold! I’m not talking the traditional sniffles… I’m talking surrounded by tissues but with the a.c. blasting beautifully chilled air at me, it’s so confusing!!!

Needless to say, I spent most of the week feeling sorry for myself and ensuring that Ted suffered along with me. However, I managed to sneak in a couple of trips to snap the city.

Commute! As soon as I saw your challenge last week I knew this would be a tricky theme. For me, commute screams subway, and then subway means … people!

Now, it’s not that I don’t like photography in this vein… it’s that I don’t currently possess the brazen street photographer attitude that I had when I was 17; oblivious to the faux pas that is sticking your camera in a stranger’s face without their permission.

I found myself stood on the subway (holding on for dear life as these things rock like nobody’s business) and looking around me at the wealth of stories that would make a great picture. But I couldn’t bring myself to raise the camera to my eye, for the fear of looking through the lens to find someone staring accusingly back at me. I also tried the whole ‘shoot from the hip’ thing but the results were as pitiful as my attempts to look surreptitious. 

Alas, I tried for a different tactic after a week of wimping out of my original idea and dragged Ted to Grand Central Terminal in hope that I’d find some busy looking people there.

I've also tagged on my picture for last week's theme, Bridges. It's a fairly standard Brooklyn Bridge shot but hey, I'm only human, who can resist taking a classic pic having only been here for three weeks.

Happy snapping!

New York.