Roth & Ramberg Photography's one-a-day calendar showcases street life in the Big Apple
Calgary-based studio Roth & Ramberg Photography has released its latest promotional calendar after principals Dale Roth and Michele Ramberg spent 10 days shooting in New York City last summer.
The gritty, all black-and-white images cover all five of the city's boroughs and reference the pair’s origins in journalistic photography, while exploring a style of “street photography” they hadn’t previously experimented with. New for the 2015 calendar — sent to clients and friends — is the 365, one-a-day format.
“We’ve done calendars in the past and we always focus on photographic portraits,” says Roth. “Everyone knows we shoot people. So we thought, let’s do a photo a day. And New York seemed the obvious spot.”
The famously anonymous city surprised them. “People were friendlier than in any city we’d been to,” says Ramberg. Adds Roth, “Nobody cares if they’re getting their photo taken […] We met one woman who owned a restaurant, and suddenly she’s taking us on a tour of her neighbourhood. We went to her loft condo!”
Long days spent shooting within a block of each other meant for a huge variety of photos to choose from — thousands, in fact. “Often, we shot a similar subject from a different angle, and other times one of us missed something the other was able to capture,” says Ramberg.
She cites High Line Park and The Bronx’s Little Italy as her favourite spots to shoot, whereas Roth remembers their time at Rockaway Beach on Long Island. “It’s not an area where the tourists really go,” he says. “I like those areas that are off the beaten track.”
They also discovered Roosevelt Island, accessible by bus or the famous tramway seen in 2002’s Spider-Man, and took in the eerie quiet of the city before it rose for the day. “We were getting up before dawn to get sunrise shots, and it was surprising that the streets of Manhattan were not very busy first thing in the morning,” Ramberg says.
When it came time to whittle down the photos, “we both went through it and did a first run,” she explains. “A lot of the photos we liked overlapped, and it ended up being one of the easiest selects we’ve done.”
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