New York City
1929 – 2016
“I go out every day.
When I get depressed at the office, I go out,
and as soon as I’m on the street and see people,
I feel better.
But I never go out with a preconceived idea.
I let the street speak to me.”
A little over two years ago I lost a great friend and all of us at Monochromia lost a brilliant photographer. This week we will be reposting some of Patricia Fogarty’s (aka Patti Kuche) contributions to our site starting with her first that was originally posted on July 7, 2014. These posts will run through January 1st 2022. I hope all of you enjoy viewing some of Patti’s images again along with her brilliant writing. We miss you Patti but your images and the indelible mark you left on us will remain forever.
It would give me every amount of pleasure to say I picked up the photography bug through the childhood influences of a parent, friend or relative who owned a half decent camera, let alone a dark room or even the tickle of the bug. Economic circumstances limited my childhood photographic experiences. Film and its development were luxuries, clicks to be taken on special occasions, our family photos almost all a set of poses. Yet my memories of such photos all belong outside the frame, to events before and after. How cute we were, sitting on the grass dressed in our Sunday best in the grounds of the hospital where my father took us to visit my sad, unhappy mother.
That was then. It was also a time when photojournalists sent shots over the wire of hyper-reality, from a man bouncing about on the moon to the burning highways of Vietnam and everything in between. Every expression, every feeling known to man, woman and child. Photography could be an adventure, a learning experience, a window into life, anything we wanted it to be. I so wanted to be a part of it.
This is now. After years of recording family adventures, smiles, tears, the whole kit and caboodle on film, I finally moved to digital along with a move from London to New York. Where I knew no-one. Where I now walk the streets shooting people. Where with my camera I am never lonely.
Through the digital process and accumulation of posts at Nylon Daze I have been so grateful to have connected with so many talented photo-bloggers and I thank Joe from The Visual Chronicle for the invitation to be part of this exciting adventure. With the play of light and shadow, the intriguing visuals of Black & White photography lure us in to absorb and reflect. To make of it what we will. To make it our own.
Or so we hope, but then, what is the fun of photography without hope!
For a color version of this image please click – here
I miss you NYC.