Chinese New Year

In honor of Chinese New Year, I'm sharing images from Chinatown, NYC. They're all from a collection that I hold quite dearly, never before seen by any other eyes but my own. I hope you all enjoy a little of the magic that inspires me a little more than often. This post will be a bit informal, just chatting away about why I captured what I did.

Doyers St. Chinatown, NYC

Doyers St. Chinatown, NYC

I am a Tiger. Well, born on the year of the Fire Tiger that is. I'm very much a cat lover, in fact there's doodles of me and cats that date as far back as elementary school. All the lights framing the little statue were purrfect (pun intended), when I shot this image - my heart skipped a beat a little.

Ceramic Cats on a Window, Chinatown, NYC - Nov 2016

Ceramic Cats on a Window, Chinatown, NYC - Nov 2016

There's something that I always find fascinating while in Chinatown, and it's how similar the elderly are to Latinx seniors. Elders are always so active, productive - running businesses, taking care of grandchildren and in some instances whole families - and so respected and loved. And they can be so brutally outspoken and blunt, speaking their minds and hearts to the fullest - with either kindness or anger. I feel both cultures share a deep passion for family and a connection to keep their roots alive in the next generation. Plus, I naturally gravitate to "viejitos" (that means seniors in Spanish) because I basically grew up in a retirement home.

Senior in Pink Jacket, Chinatown, NYC - Nov 2016

Senior in Pink Jacket, Chinatown, NYC - Nov 2016

Older gentleman waiting with a bag of fish, Chinatown, NYC - Nov 2016

Older gentleman waiting with a bag of fish, Chinatown, NYC - Nov 2016

There's a very picturesque corner on Doyers St. where a barber shop/beauty salon resides. Every time I come to Chinatown I always visit it, quietly photographing from the exterior, peeking in - the main barber (the one in the white coat) probably knows me by sight, he nods at me every single time, and I always nod back with a smile.

Hair Salon on the corner of Doyers St. Chinatown, NYC

Hair Salon on the corner of Doyers St. Chinatown, NYC

Another of my obsessions, people on bikes. Now, people on bikes in Chinatown - we got me a story to tell. To be honest, when I photograph, I tend to write my own little stories. In my mind this gentleman is a student/courier on his way to deliver sewage blueprints to a secret group of mice trying to take over the city, and then he'll have lunch - by himself of course. And of course, I'm kidding but the stories do help me shape the image and it's good exercise for my imagination.

 

Man in bike, Chinatown, NYC

Man in bike, Chinatown, NYC

All in all, I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday and if you're celebrating Chinese New Year, have a lovely one! I'm lucky enough to be celebrating with a dear blogger and friend (@sheelagoh) so I might post some cool updates on my Instastories - take a look there tonight. Many hugs!

Photography: Sofia Emm @itssofiaemm

Location: Chinatown, New York City