Just two short days ago, most people in the United States were aiming cereal boxes, welders’ masks and overpriced NASA-approved paper shades into the air for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the total solar eclipse of 2017 as it quickly crossed the length of the country. Most people could be seen pointing cameras and cell phones upwards in an attempt to capture even a reflection of the spectacle. At the same time, many street photographers caught their glimpse and then pointed their cameras in a different direction, capturing the general excitement, euphoria and strangeness of the event from a more terrestrial perspective. They were the earthlings watching an earthly phenomenon brought on by a celestial one.
New York was not, sadly enough, on the path of totality, however even the approximately 70 percent eclipse was more than enough to bring just about everyone out on the street heads turned up to the sky. Enter NYC-SPC, the street photography collective Mathias Wasik talked about in our interview with him in the August issue of SPM (See “How to Shoot NYC“). Several NYC-SPC members (Mathias included) were ready to hit the streets to document nature’s hold on even the most urban city-dwellers. And this is why we love collectives. What could be more interesting than seeing what happened that day in the city from multiple street photographers’ perspectives as they roamed different streets all over the city?
And on that note, we invite you to enjoy the effects of the solar eclipse once again, this time through the eyes of NYC-SPC photographers:
A huge thanks to NYC-SPC for sharing this project with us and our readers. Be sure to check out their website and get to know this talented bunch of photographers even better.