A Visitor’s View: Dave Roth’s New York Photography

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I’ve been traveling to New York for years, and each visit is an introduction to something new.

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Have You Seen This Dingus? | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

Finding myself alone on the train platform at Grand Central, it wasn’t hard to find beauty.

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Grand Central Terminal |
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Grand Central Terminal | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Red & Gold | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

The juxtaposition between old and new is everywhere.

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Skewed Lines on the High Line | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

And unintentional humor can result from otherwise mundane efforts.

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Overkill, as Seen From the High Line | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

A trip to Red Hook provides a reason to take heart – the drive to tear down the old and replace it with something new isn’t always the norm.

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Red Hook Hook | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Red Hook Hooks | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Red Hook | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

Objects of interest can be found in unlikely places, like a front porch.

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Mystery Porch Totem | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

The remnants of the distilling process are set aside for a furniture builder.

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Bourbon Barrels | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

A simple metal door takes on an artistic patina – more proof that nature is the master artist.

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Red Door, Red Hook | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

 

And accidents seem almost intentional.

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Modern Slang | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

The remnants of an earlier time take on an eerie quality when presented for sale at an antique shop.

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Sexy Models, Chelsea | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

And an essential piece of civil society is no longer needed.

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Emergency Box, Chelsea | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

The city seems to be in a state of perpetual construction.

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Stripes | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

Everything in a city is built to support life, and everything is grinding everything else down.

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Byproduct | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

A flea market finds a home in a spot where a building once stood.

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Popeye | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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3 Faces | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Red Star Doll Arms | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Church | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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ALLIS | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Corkscrews | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

Meeting friends for dinner in the Financial District, we took a minute to appreciate the Brooklyn Bridge from a new vantage point.

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Reflection of Genius | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

While this area is up-and-coming, there are still some spaces in need of love.

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160 | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018
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Blue Window | iPhone, VSCO | © Dave Roth 2018

David Roth is an artist, musician, and designer in Chicago. In his spare time he serves as the editor of this magazine. He’s also a very proud dad. You can see more of his photographs here.