First impressions.

Way back in 2013 I had just received my first camera for Christmas, and was dipping my toes into the world of photography for the first time. This is a wonderful time to experience as a photographer; having no idea what you are doing, what you want to do, or why. Just taking photos. It was a trip to New York City as part of my programme while studying at university which showed me the beauty of street photography and the endless possibilities it presents.

This is a retrospective of that experience and how it has shaped my development as a photographer today.

As soon as we jumped into our taxi on our way to the hotel, I knew I would love this place. Rain was pirouetting down the window on a backdrop of bright lights flashing by. At this point I had no experience with photography, and no points of inspiration. I consider this a very raw period of my photographic life. With that in mind these first vivid memories of New York seem seminal in my interest further down the line. Saul Leiter is my biggest influence, and it feels like that first memory translates straight from his Kodachrome film roll.

The smoke bursting from beneath, yellow blurs of light flashing by and the constant hum of people are the first things which come to mind when thinking about this city. Looking back at the frames taken during my trip those are also the things which were translated.

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed. Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.