I have a life long crush on New York City. It’s my favorite city. It is hard to explain exactly why. That feeling when you step out of the yellow cab and place your feet on Manhattan ground for the first time. No other place in the world have given me that kind of thrills.
I share my NYC-crush with millions. I am not the only one longing for this city. The German photographer Steffen Böttcher also bear an eternal fascination for NYC. He went there attempting to photograph the city in a new way using an old projection lens pushed into a rubber sleeve, and this photo book was the outcome.
“More than any other city, New York is a projection for yearnings and dreams, a promise that you can do anything if you only work hard enough. If you fall for such dreams, then New York seems to be the best place in the world. When I was 20, I was strolling around the streets of Manhattan, carrying the book ‘Catcher in the Rye’ with me while searching for the beginning of my life. 25 years later, I came back to meet this young boy again on the Brooklyn Bridge and give him a pat on the back”.
– Steffen Böttcher