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Comments Posted 05.06.13 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Daniella Zalcman

New York + London: A Vision of Home


When I moved from New York City to London late last year, I decided to create a series of double exposures. The images are part New York, part London, and collectively represent my vision of home.

I think it's natural to seek out similarities and differences when you move to a completely new environment ("London cab drivers actually know where they're going!" "The Tube closes at 12:30am?!"), and this is my version of that. Visually, they make for such wonderful portmanteaux — London is such an old city rooted in architectural tradition, where New York feels like it has a constantly shifting skyline of glass and steel.

The photos were shot and edited entirely with my iPhone 4S, a medium that I find to be liberating. I spend most of my time shooting newspaper and magazine assignments on a clunky DSLR that requires a certain degree of deliberation, but the iPhone is simple and spontaneous. Each pair of photos was selected based on negative space, color, and contrast — but for every composite that you see, I had to go through at least a dozen versions before finding the perfect combination.

You can find all of the New York + London images on my Instagram account, and limited edition books and prints are currently available over on Kickstarter.

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

New York and London

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Daniella Zalcman is a photojournalist based in London and New York. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, and Vanity Fair. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout New York City and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in architecture. You can find her on Twitter & Instagram.
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