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30 minutes in may: lower east side and soho

May 30, 2016

Shortly after I moved to New York, I found myself living in an amazing loft apartment on the Lower East Side.  This was slightly before it became the “cool, hipster” place to be, and my parents were NOT happy with me living in this neighborhood.  But I loved it!  It felt like the real New York… complete with graffiti, authentic delis, and shopkeepers selling their wares by hanging them on the scaffolding outside their small shops.  Unfortunately, most of this is gone now due to the gentrification that has washed over the LES in the last decade, replaced with Starbucks, posh hotels and condos, trendy restaurants, and loads of trustafarians.

My sweet photographer friend Liz, from Liz Godfrey Photography, came to the city from CT for a morning visit this past month.  We met up at Grand Central and then headed down to the Lower East Side to walk around for a bit, before having lunch at The Dutch in SoHo (one of my favorite restaurants down there).  Liz is a wonderful portrait artist, but had never played around with street photography before, (which is one of my favorite things to do), so we had a lot of fun wandering around with our cameras taking in the action.  She shot some fantastic scenes!  Keep clicking the links in this circle blog to find her post from our morning together 🙂

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Psst!  Now that you’ve wandered around the Lower East Side and SoHo with me (and Liz!), please go check out what the lovely and talented Julia Forsman has photographed this month in Turkey!

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  1. Sharleen

    May 30th, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I always love your walkabouts in New York and I knew from the image shared that this was going to be great. I love the staircase image, the dumpster image and the mannequins. There is so much going on. Beautiful share Colleen.

  2. Colleen Putman

    May 30th, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Aw thank you, Sharleen!! xoxo

  3. Karen hunt

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    As always, Amazing! I never tire of seeing NYC through your lens. I love the mixture of color and B&W. Can’t wait to see what Liz captured also!

  4. Colleen Putman

    May 30th, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you so much, Karen!! Liz took some really awesome photos — it’s so neat to see our different perspectives of the same neighborhood 🙂

  5. angie

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Colleen you are amazing! I love these, makes me want to visit NY so bad. Your processing and composition is perfect!

  6. Colleen Putman

    May 30th, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Angie!!!! Come to NY!!!!! It would be so much fun 🙂 PS Thanks for the sweet words!

  7. Shonagh

    May 31st, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Wow you got so many great shots! Love some of the moments you captured here.

  8. Colleen Putman

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you Shonagh! 🙂

  9. Sonja

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:20 am

    These images make me feel as i was right there with you. I love your street photography Colleen, and I would love, love to accompany you some day….

  10. Colleen Putman

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Aw thanks Sonja!! Come for a visit! We’d have so much fun 🙂

  11. felix martinez

    May 31st, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Colleen, Great work. I don’t know if you are ” The Best “, but you certainly walk among them.

  12. Colleen Putman

    June 1st, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    You flatter me!! Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

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