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The End of the Myth

I landed in New York City on Labor Day Weekend, 2015. Took me 4 days of 12 – 15 hours a day driving and quite the adventure. Eye-opening. Beautiful and a whole lot of open space. Montana and Wyoming were just stunningly beautiful. Well, every place was. I got a fun little story that you may recognize…. I almost forgot about it…

I was driving through Indiana on a sunny day in the middle of the day. Highway was largely empty. Then, an attractive woman drives up to me in a convertible Ferrari! Out of nowhere! It was hilarious! She smiled and we waived at each other! Just like in the movies!

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I’m going to give some quick blurbs of my landing in New York City. I was stupid and didn’t know I would arrive the day before Labor Day weekend. Couldn’t get an apartment for weeks leading up my arrival. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a hotel room so I spent a few nights in my car until I eventually got a room from a person on Airbnb.

My first NYC room. It was actually nice. Had AC!

My first NYC room. It was actually nice. Had AC!

PSA: Do not rent a room and share an apartment from someone in New York City unless you knew them well before moving out. Get your own place. It wouldn’t be too long before I knew I love the people of New York City. But on the bottom-end, which are the ones usually renting rooms so the renter will pay most of their rent, are some of the strangest and worst people I have ever met. Which is why they have to advertise their rooms on Craigslist. They don’t have a friend-network to rent to or anyone who knows them, won’t live with them. Word.

I experienced serious culture shock the first few weeks in NYC. It’s improved a lot since I moved here, but NYC is generally seriously filthy. There is definitely an energy in NYC that you may or may not feel. I certainly did. It can be overwhelming and you either love it or not. I love it.

With all the commotion of finding a place to live and getting settled in my day-job, I forgot about New York Fashion Week! It started a week after I arrived! Reminded by accident actually. So I found some of the shows and decided to see how all this worked….

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Obviously I was not able to get inside to any of the shows. But I photographed the attendees who of sometimes made some great subjects to photograph. Honestly, many were fashion bloggers and the ‘industry-professionals’ were much more modestly and professionally dressed. They didn’t want to stand out. NYFW after all is a trade show.

What I would come to find out is that NYFW, or IMG, would have a model appear and pose for the photographers outside the show. For several shows and years, I’ve seen models appear for photographers and they have been AMAZING. With the 5 minutes or so I would photograph this lady, I got about 20 fantastic, editorial quality images! That’s probably the first, real surprise on multiple levels: the talent in New York is on another level. Several.

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I think this was the last time I believed in the myth of the New York fashion photography scene.

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Ricardo Gomez Photography

Originally from San Francisco, Ricardo is now a New York-based photographer specializing in editorial and commercial photography.
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