Donald E. Sanchez

Downtown New York City

About 8.5 million people call New York City home. The Big Apple is considered by many to be the “Capital of the World,” and for good reason. The city is rich in its array of people, culture, arts, entertainment, cuisine, landmarks, and on and on and on the list goes. New York City is where I was born and raised. I value the experiences that shaped and molded me. People that matter most to me still reside there. Family, close friends, and former colleagues still walk its streets, ride its subways, and sit in its traffic.

As much as I love New York, I relocated my family down south 13 years ago and I don’t think I would ever move back. It’s not that I’ve grown to dislike NY, it’s that I’ve grown to love the south more. Besides, every time I turn around, I’m bumping into another New York transplant on the streets of Charlotte anyway, so it’s kind of hard to feel homesick. When I picked up a camera again at the beginning of this year (2018) and became enchanted with street photography, it wasn’t long that I recalled what a rich and saturated “hunting ground” New York City is for capturing interesting images—photographing the normal hustle and bustle of your average New Yorker.

There was a family need that brought me back to the city, and I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to walk the streets of lower Manhattan to begin shooting. The following pictures are a result of two and a half days of me annoying New Yorkers by sticking my camera in their faces and clicking the shutter. What I love about them, is that they will either curse you out or simply ignore you for taking a picture. Fortunately for me, I experienced the latter and not the former. I hope you enjoy the photos.