New York City To Do List

New York City is one of the most popular cities that travelers and tourists have on their bucket lists. There are many tourist attractions in New York City that are a must. But first you have to get there.

If you live far from New York you will most likely have to fly to an airport in New York to go to NYC. Here is an image of an airplane that needed some repairs. Once you arrive in New York your tourist experience begins.

Going on a boat around the island, whether that’s on a taxi boat or a ferry boat or any other type of boat is a must. The boat you are on might take you to the Statue of Liberty, which is the next stop on your tour.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable monuments around the world. Seeing it in person and taking pictures of it is on the NYC bucket list.

A more heavy hearted tourist location is the 9/11 memorial. It is a must see when you are in NYC but it does weigh heavy on your heart and is more serious compared to the other locations. It is a very powerful memorial.

Next up is Times Square. Whenever you see a film about NYC, Times Square is in the film. Walking around and seeing where movies were filmed is exciting, especially if it’s one of your favorite movies.

Next up on your tour is the Empire State Building. This is the view from one of the sides of the Empire State Building. It’s amazing how far you can see and how you can pick out buildings that you recognize.

The last stop on your NYC tour is going to a broadway show. The Lion King is the most popular broadway show of all time, but there are many other shows that are amazing as well.

These are only a few of the tourist attractions that are on the New York City bucket list. There are many locations besides the ones shown in this story that are beautiful and worth seeing. There are also attractions that you can stumble upon while walking around NYC. Let New York City surprise you and take you on a journey.

The Creative Process

My goal was to create an exciting story that utilizes the marriage of writing/editing/design, WED, elements to illustrate the emotions. These images chosen represent locations and try to inspire the feeling of desire. So the audience would want to go to these locations. I tried to use clear images with no special tricks because I wanted to show the audience what you see is what you get. The photos I chose are all in the same category of locations, except for the airplane’s first image.

In the article Photo Narratives, Eman Shurbaji wrote, “The pictures support what’s in the text, but a person can understand the topic without having to read text or captions.” This quote stuck with me as I created the story because I wanted the audience to understand the information’s point without reading the captions. The images are supposed to take you from one location to the next as you are on tour. These images combined are part of the Proximity (or Grouping) Gestalt principle because they are all somehow related. They relate through the theme, which is travel. It starts with the first image and connects to all of the pictures until the end.

I decided to create a visual story about tourist locations in New York City. An article by David McCandless, What Makes a Good Visualization? States the aspects needed for adequate visualization. I tried to incorporate the top four things that need consideration; Information, Story, Goal, and Visual Form. Along with this, I made sure to consider Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, because it kept me thinking about how I want the audience to feel, and what emotions the images I am choosing to portray. I decided to use pictures I already had because with COVID-19 taking the world by storm, I wanted to bring back pieces of how things used to be. When I first traveled to New York City for the first time in 2013, I took close to 300 pictures because I wanted to capture every moment. I did this because I didn’t know whether I would ever return, and images are timeless. I chose pictures that represented locations that I had a connection with, and that I think many other people have relationships with those locations as well. New York City is one of those places that has been in countless films, and up until 2013, I had only seen it on my TV or in images. I wanted to be able to be there and see all of these locations in person, and be able to say that I had been there and experienced the city. In times like now, we like to reminisce about what we did before COVID-19 and what life was like when everything was open and accessible.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project, but it wasn’t easy to figure out what I wanted to. It allowed me to look through some of the places I’ve traveled and figure out which images would portray the best story.


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2 thoughts on “New York City To Do List

  1. Hi Kim,

    I first want to say I love this concept! Bringing the viewer on a trip to another city through images/describing what they should do is a really good idea, especially for this assignment. I think it is also great you really described your creative process and spoke about the techniques you used and how they applied to the pictures. I think your pictures do capture the emotion of desire, as people who may never have been to New York will be longing to go after reading your post. You also mentioned you tried to use clear pictures that didn’t trick anyone. That could also be related to Gestalt’s principal of simplicity. All your images are simple and convey your point, they’re not overwhelming. One more comment I had was how you tied COVID-19 into your images. Honestly, my first thought when I saw the plane picture was nobody is wearing a mask, for me to then realize these were pre-covid pictures. I think you accomplished your goal of bringing the audience back to how things used to be, and the pictures definitely made me long for pre-covid times, especially since New York was the last place I visited before the world shut down. Overall, I really liked your photoessay!


  2. Kim, I feel like you captured the essence of the NYC tourist experience within your photo essay. What’s a tourist’s trip to NYC without going to Times Square? Because the photo essay was focused on locations rather than a specific subject, it felt like we were taken on a journey along with you. Your captions read like a conversation with a friend who’s giving travel advice and this complemented your snapshots. James Nachtwey talks about how photojournalism is “documentary photography” and it felt like someone who took these photos wanted to document their time in the city. Some of the photos are a bit blurry (which works) and with the addition of people not wearing masks, it also felt like a documentation of a time, long ago, before COVID. Now, everyone has smartphones with super high-quality cameras and of course, the uncertainty of the pandemic. Your explanation in your creative process tied everything together along with your reference to Gestalt principles, Plutchik’s Wheel, and photojournalist techniques. These images evoked an eerie feeling of some distant time that we can all remember. Speaking of David McCandless graphic, “What Makes a Good Visualization?” it would’ve been interesting if you included personal stories into the captions under each photo to would give us even more information and an extra layer of depth that only you, as the photographer, can give us.


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