Uptown Native Uses Photography To Highlight Neighborhood Beauty – Patch

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UPPER MANHATTAN, NY — Lifelong Upper Manhattan resident Zack F. never dabbled much in photography, but when he recently decided to purchase a camera while on a trip for new music for his vinyl records store — he became inspired to get behind the lens by the community he grew up in.

Zack, who did not wish to share his last name with Patch, has quickly become a hit in Upper Manhattan groups for his black and white photos of Washington Heights and Inwood.

“I decided I wanted my subject matter to be my neighborhood,” Zack told Patch. “I grew up in the neighborhood by the Dyckman 1 train. I love this neighborhood. I feel like it often gets talked down about in the news with crime, but really that’s not the full story of the neighborhood — not even close.”

Photo Credit: Zack F.

Why the choice to start with black and white film? The answer is simple.

“Color film is really expensive right now, black and white isn’t,” Zack said.

So far, Zack has taken photos of men playing dominoes, people in barbershops, buildings, parks, and more.

He always asks for permission before taking anybody’s photo.

“When I got the first roll developed, I just loved how it looked,” Zack said. “I loved how it felt waiting for the roll, so that’s how it started and now I feel like it can’t stop.”

Zack created an Instagram account called Dyckman_on_film to catalogue his Upper Manhattan photos, and also began sharing the photos to community Facebook pages.

Neighbors quickly covered him in compliments for his work.

“Your Instagram pictures are very good,” one uptowner wrote. “I really like the black and white. It’s distinctive and sets your work apart.”

“I love these!” another person wrote.

“That’s a great photo of the playground frog, I’ve never seen it from that perspective,” a different Upper Manhattan resident wrote.

Photo Credit: Zack F.

In terms of his own favorite photo, Zack said that he liked the frog sprinkler photo too, but his true favorites were the ones taken inside a neighborhood institution.

“I love the pictures inside of Johnny’s Pizza, which is technically called Pizza Palace, but if you’re from the neighborhood, you know it’s Johnny’s,” he said.

Johnny’s Pizza. Credit: Zack F.

Zack told Patch that the reaction to his photos made him feel great.

“It made me feel great, when I posted them I thought maybe a few people would be interested, but right away people were messaging me and liking it,” he said. “It is corny to say, but it felt like some form of validation.”

“Truthfully, even if everybody was like, ‘these suck’, I’d still be doing it,” he quickly added.

Zack doesn’t have any specific process with his photo taking, he keeps his camera on him as he walks around the neighborhood and snaps anything that interests him.

“It has been a fun and creative outlet for me,” Zack said. “I’m kind of a very colorful person, I wear a lot of bright colors and like bright colors, but I’ve surprised myself that I’m so into the black and white. I just really like the contrast of it.”

Photo Credit: Zack F.

“There’s a lot of beautiful and positive things happening in the neighborhood that I just want to highlight,” he added.

You can check out all of Zack’s photos of Upper Manhattan on his photography Instagram page.




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