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Four days and Four rolls

Nicholas Saucier

As a Colorado native, I have spent my entire life out West. During precious and all-too-infrequent vacations it seemed ludicrous for me to leave Colorado, the paradisiacal playground to which hordes of people flock to recreate. As a result, venturing east of the Mississippi was rare for me.

“Why leave paradise?” I’ve always asked myself.

Yet in the back of my mind I have always had a desire to visit one of the most prolific, most prominent and most intense of all cities. A city that represents America even more than Washington, D.C. : New York City.

In late February I got my chance to visit the Big Apple for the first time. Being a photographer, artist and visual communicator, the trip proved nearly overwhelming. Photo opportunities engulfed me, not to mention the opportunities to experience other people’s art in countless museums and galleries.

For a mellow Coloradan like myself, the inaugural trip to the big city was intense, but I was in good company with my girlfriend and a best friend from D.C., both of whom had experienced New York previously. Our stay lasted only four days, but we crammed in as much tourism as possible. If we lacked the time to actually tour a classic New York attraction, we at least saw it at some point. Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, the Staten Island Ferry and the World Trade Center site were just a few of the places we visited.

The return home to sleepy Basalt was both too soon and not soon enough. Decompressing from the buzz of the city while editing the mere four rolls of film I shot documenting the trip opened my eyes to an impending decision about my next vacation: Will it be Canyonlands, or the land of steel and concrete canyons?


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