Shot for Shot: Eian Kantor + Alison Luntz
Midtown East, Manhattan
August 7, 2018
Alison and I met by way of Instagram. I remember searching through some sort of 35mm related hashtag -- this was back when you actually looked through hashtag pages to find cool and niche photos (now they're just filled with spammers and too much content). This photo from January 26, 2014 won me over. Her caption: "Have a wonder-full morning, everyone." My comment on the picture: "your stuff is great! love this in particular." Whenever I see this "WONDER" sign outside of the Broadway G stop, I think of Alison. At some point quite a while after becoming Instagram pals, we grabbed a beer in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and became real in-person pals.
Since becoming friends, we've done a bunch of photography work together, from traveling around North Carolina to shooting double exposed rolls of film around Coney Island and working as a Digital Tech + Studio Photographer duo in a product photography studio. You can see some of our miscellaneous work here, here, here, and here.
We chose to do this Shot for Shot in Midtown East, Manhattan on August 7, 2018. Neither of us had really explored Midtown East before and we thought it'd be an interesting place to check out during rush hour. Hell, one of my preconceptions about Midtown East was that all the assholes who went to my high school in the NYC suburbs became finance bros or lawyers and moved there. We used Google Maps' boundaries of 42nd Street to 59th Street between 5th Avenue and FDR Drive for our Midtown East walk.
We started at about 6pm. It got very dark very shortly after we began our walk, and it eventually started thundering, lightning, and raining, which made for some seriously tough lowlight photography conditions. We welcomed the challenge!
These photos were taken with digital cameras. Click an image to make it larger.
We hope you enjoy the photos and the commentary!