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The New World Shopping Mall has been abandoned since 1999. It shut its doors after being condemned by local regulators. A few years later a massive fire destroyed the structure’s roof. Not long after that monsoon rains flooded the lower floors.

As a way to combat the spread of mosquitoes and other insects breeding in the stagnant water, locals introduced koi and catfish to the former mall. Not only did the fish take care of the pest problem, they’ve thrived. It is now one of the world’s largest urban ponds.

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New York - Autumn in the City

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Today was an absolutely perfect autumn day in New York City. The air was crisp, and the sun exuded a cool warmth.

This time of year always makes me incredibly nostalgic. It was the autumn of 2009 that I found my passion for photography. I would walk as far as my legs would take me with my little point and shoot camera which was severely limited in its capacity. I was too poor for a smartphone at the time and remember hoping that the no-frills point and shoot that I bought on sale for $79 could help me capture the city I love in photographs.

I went through quite a few of those early photos today for a client who found one of the photos on my Flickr account and requested it for an upcoming ad campaign. I keep all of my work on my Flickr account, even the early work. It’s amazing how far some of those early photos have gone in terms of usage. Not all of my early work is what I would consider good. In fact, most of my early work is fairly rough in terms of execution of what I was attempting to do with the limited tools I had at the time.

However, I keep them online because I believe it’s important to keep a record of where we have been in life. It helps to put everything in perspective. Most importantly, it helps to track growth and learning.

I wanted to share a few of my photos from that magical autumn of 2009.

I can still feel every aspect of each moment I captured with my camera when I look at these…

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The way the leaves gathered at the curb…
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Early Halloween decorations…
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Quiet moments where the past and present co-mingled…
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Horses and Central Park’s autumn foliage…
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As holiday scenes tugged at the heart…
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And glowing orange lights warmed up chilly afternoons..
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Central Park’s landscapes in their last hurrah before winter…
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As the first intrepid ice-skaters took to the ice…
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While the Upper East Side’s architecture framed a perfect hint of orange…
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As townhouses…
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And grand architecture uptown stoically waited to hibernate…
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Brooklyn reveled in Autumn’s warmth…
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Modern love enjoyed a moment in an abandoned East Village lot…
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And New York City passionately declared its love for autumn.

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Looking for these photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

New York Autumn - A Look Back

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Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):

yes please.

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