Oh, you think the darkness is your ally, you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man; by then, it was nothing to me but blinding…

Bane – The Dark Knight Rises
Rain & Steam on 7th

Much has been made about the similarities between DC Comics Gotham City and New York City. Of course, Gotham is probably an amalgam of several of the larger U.S. cities – NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.. In any case, NYC has somehow become analogous with Gotham. It’s reputation for cold, aloof inhabitants, high crime rates, and grand, imposing architecture all conspire to create the feeling of DC’s Gotham City.

An Umbrella in the Shadows

The thought really soaked in on a recent trip to the Big Apple. Of course, I didn’t see the Caped Crusader take out any bad guys, but I did experience all the elements that would lead you to believe that a dark, brooding super hero, i.e. Batman, could be lurking around the city. (And yeah…I did run into the Batman wannabe that inhabits Times Square. Enough said)


Now, I don’t disparage any of those true believers who are adamant that the Batman does exist. But if you are someone who does know him, do me a favor. Please, please, PLEASE ask Batman to drop me a line, because I’d love to do a series of street portraits of him. 🙂

Grand Central Station

In all seriousness, NYC is a fantastic place for street photography. There seemed to be something happening around every corner. And even with a bit of rain, the winter light was still fantastic. I’m definitely looking forward to going back & spending more time roaming the streets of Gotham. Who knows? Maybe I’ll see Batman stalking some place other than Times Square.

Darkness Surrounds
2 Ladies near 5th Ave.
Cold & Rain near 57th St.
One Woman’s Story
Another Man’s Tale
3 Muses, New York Public Library
In the Shadows of Skyscrapers
The Oculus
Hiking Dark Canyons
Gotham #2
Batman (& Olaf) photobombing in Times Square

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Equipment Used:

  • Fuji XT-3
  • Fuji 23 f2
  • Fuji 35 f2
  • Leica M6 TTL
  • Leica 35 f2 Summicrom

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  1. Omg!!! I’ve been to NYC hundreds of times- but I’ve never seen it from this prospective. Love the narrative. You given me a whole new feeling for GOTHAM!!! Your pics are great!!!

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