Shooting runway is quite a thrill - trying to eek out a tiny sliver of space in the photo pit, crouching for an hour surrounded by antsy photographers and the payoff being the 10-minute runway show. However, the real excitement happens backstage before the show. Models, hair, makeup, techs, photographers, reporters, writers, hangers-on, caterers, interns, designers moving about frantically to get everything sorted in a short time and confined space. The "moments" that occur backstage are more of a glimpse into the humanity of it all. Here's a few selects from the recent Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 shows in New York City.
A few weeks ago, I borrowed a friend's Leica Minilux (point-and-shoot) film camera. Â Put in a roll of Ilford FP4 and hit the streets of NYC. Â Known for it's great optics and fast lens, it was no surprise to see the nice, sharp and contrasty images I was able to make. Â I love street photography and the 40mm f/2.4 is just great for walking around. Â That and the size and form of the camera doesn't scream PHOTOGRAPHER so folks are less put off it. Since returning my friend's Leica, I luckily found myself a Nikon 35ti and can't wait to see how it does. This photo set is from that day walking around town with the Leica. Â I love how saturated the frames look and the nice and punchy contrast.