January 27, 2015

New York on film.

You might have read my feelings about this city in a recent blogpost. Well, of all the places in the world I decided to take it slow in New York and only shoot film! Eddy took a few shots on our digital camera but mostly, our memories from this trip are analog.

I have to be honest and say as much as I enjoy the excitement of shooting film I am having a hard time deciding which shots to take and which to let go. And it frustrates me to not have all the options. It is my digital brain I guess that I cannot turn off. But it is a nice challenge anyway, and I decided not to take it too seriously.

This trip turned out to be a holiday with lots of friends and people close to our hearts. During the stay in NY we were joined by our friends Vik and Natalie. We had the pleasure of also re-uniting with Christine and met her husband Tocha (I will share their little photoshoot later), had lots of yummy food. We met our former clients Mel and Chris for Brunch, had tea with Jean-Laurent and his wonderful Caroline (we owe her the one really breathtaking moment in this city, standing on the rooftop of the 230 Fifth Bar)  went to Hillsong NYC and enjoyed it and also saw lots of places we didn’t like. The areas I probably liked the most were Greenwich and Williamsburg. Maybe because they looked a lot like London ; )

Other than walking past the usual touristy spots we  just floated around the city like driftwood, with no particular destination. Going where the stream would lead us. That is how I travel. I hate to make travel plans. I prefer letting a new place unfold in front of me while I discover it street by street.

These photos are my favorites from the scans that UK Film Lab made for me. When I look at them it seems like this whole thing wasn’t real and happened to someone else. Did I really go there? I feel like I didn’t, because it felt so different from what I expected. But I love the photos. They remind me that I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams: I am traveling the world, meeting old and new friends on the way and working while I do so. What a privilege! This is a piece of New York through my eyes. Hope you like it. 

Also, New York has the biggest squirrels I have ever seen.


Shot on Contax 645 with Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji 400H. Developed & scanned by the brilliant Christian and Erica at UK Film Lab.


These are truly inspiring. I found an old Ilford and some Portra clearing out the loft recently. Time to treat myself to a new camera 🙂

Nadia, die Fotos sind einfach nur genial! Mich packt sofort die Lust meine Koffer zu packen und nach NY zu reisen :-=

Love the tones! Pictures are beautiful! 🙂
What film did you use?

Hey Mateja! It says it at the end of the post!

Hi there, great images, who scanned them?

Hey Theresia! It says it at the end of the post!

WOW Nadja! Love these pictures. One day I will also make the trip to New York 🙂

Oh my. You are so talented. I wish I could learn from you. Beautiful pics!

Sono M.E.R.A.V.I.G.L.I.O.S.E.!

Amazing photo’s Nadiah, I love them!! Makes me a little jealous. I am still in the States right now, but there is not so much to photograph. Just a whole lot of concrete and snow. We went to Columbus yesterday. But got so lost it took away a lot of the day and didn’t leave much time in the pretty areas haha! Still I am reminded I am so blessed to be there and to be able to see our family. The photographer in me is only dissapointed 😉 love your pictures of NY. Seems an amazing place to visit one time. I hope it is in God’s plans for the future to travel some more. You are very blessed! ♡

Wow, I really love the images. They kind of feel more real than digital ones.

I absolutely love all of these, Nadia! I love to see the way other people see foreign (to them) cities, and the way you see New York is very unique… I love it!

Dear Nadia, these pictures are absolutely amazing and leave me goosebumps all over! Sometimes it seems to me like the world is more beautiful through your lens than in reality. Your pictures seem to tell another story than the one you experienced in NY and shared with us before. It just seems to be magic all over! They make me want to go there so desperately… I’m a huge fan of your architectural shots!! Keep inspiring us! Lots of hugs.

Haha : ) Thank you Manuela! You should definitely go there and see and experience for yourself! Pictures are only a frozen split second of a bigger story and the room for interpretation is BIG! : ) Thanks for enjoying my post!

Hi Nadja,

knowing about your feelings about NYC, I was very curious to see if this mood influences your pictures in any way. And I feel it does. I mean these are beautiful pictures no doubt about that, but they are just not as warm-hearted and overwhelming “Nadia Meli-style” fashioned as usual. I do not mean to offend you, it just shows me what kind of human being and special photographer you are and that your pictures really represent your inner feelings and that’s so much more worth than another perfect styled, glossy bling bling series of pictures from New York.

Thank you Claudius! Really appreciate it. I can’t help but shoot the way I feel. Anything else is a waste of time. Thank you for pointing it out!

Hey Nadia, I read your post from time to time. I love this photos. I have been in New York City just before Christmas and it all looks similar. I realy love seeing places I just have been though your lens. 😉 You can see it though my lens, if you want to: http://glaubensreise.de/new-york/
Thanks a lot for your sharing. <3

Love it! You find lovers everywher you go 🙂 <3

I read your first post on your feelings about NYC and I just felt so bad that it wasn’t what you were hoping it would be and you just didn’t love it. Looking at this post it’s just so beautiful!!! I’ve been to NYC a couple of times and I have not been able to just walk around and photograph it. This post has me ready to book my next trip!!! Thanks for sharing NYC from your eyes!!!