Take me back to New York City


Ever since I was little, I had this dream of going to New York City. For some reason, it just seemed like this incredible, fast-paced, photography haven and it completely lived up to that expectation. I have shared a lot of my New York photos on Instagram but never really made anything dedicated on the blog. So here is a little reminiscent blog post about that time I spent in the Big Apple. I need to go back… as soon as possible. I feel like you can never have explored New York enough, it isn’t a place you can get bored of. But for now, all I have is the photos from the trip but I promise I’ll be back soon.

I can’t really imagine what it would be like to live in New York. I am so accustomed to the ways of London, that any other big city seems like a foreign friend. The subway system is waaaaay more complicated than the London Underground and getting completely lost on it felt odd because I assumed I could use my tube knowledge but no!


I think the main thing that has always drawn me to New York is the multitude of iconic spots. In London, there isn’t really that much to see. Whilst that may seem controversial, once you have hit up Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, it feels there isn’t much else. That may just be because those landmarks are very unexciting for me now but when you stand at the top of the Empire State Building, it feels like nothing else I have ever experienced before.

You can tell how special my New York photos are to me because they have their own separate folder on my computer. They aren’t in the dedicated “photography” bit (which has panicked me a lot believing they had been deleted on multiple occasions). Most of my photos from the trip are cityscapes and architecture photography because the abundance of unique buildings is intense. Everywhere look there is a new angle, a new famous spot, a new opportunity to capture somewhere so photographed in your own personal way. Yes of course, many of my photos are quite similar to many taken previously, but they hold more value to me than some standard stock image. My photos capture the scene I was stood in, not some random 15 years ago. I think my favourite (or one of my favourites… it is so hard to choose) is the cloud covered tip of the Empire State Building.

Going back over these photos now has really proven to me how much I want and need to go back. I feel like everyone should at least once visit this incredible city that never sleeps and truly see it for themselves. I don’t know that living there would suit me, I am a keen lover of the sea and green spaces and sometimes you can feel quite enclosed in the concrete jungle. But I know I could never get bored of the colours, sounds and scenery that New York has to offer.

Leave me a comment if you have ever been to New York and I would also love to know your favourite travel destination that I should hit up in 2018.

Joanna x

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  • Reply Coco Mallory 16/11/2017 at 9:40 pm

    It is still my dream to visit NY and hopefully live there at some point in my life! I get what you mean by thinking it will be similar to London because I just went to Tokyo and as it is also a huge city I thought it wouldn’t be too different either, but my god was I wrong ;D I just love how every city has its own little quirks
    your photography is gorgeous btw xx

    • Joanna Turner
      Reply Joanna Turner 22/11/2017 at 4:50 pm

      They are all unique and that is what makes them so worthwhile to visit… otherwise, what is the point I guess!

  • Reply Emma Bought What 20/11/2017 at 12:15 am

    Beautiful photos! New York is on my bucket list and I would love to go around Christmas time x

    • Joanna Turner
      Reply Joanna Turner 22/11/2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you!! Yes I definitely feel NY around Christmas would just be magical!

  • Reply Elise 20/11/2017 at 3:38 pm

    i’ve never been to new york and it’s one of the places i really want to see with my own eyes and then keep the moments (especially their architectural structures) forever in photos. i used to think NYC is this super awesome place to reside in but i’m not so sure about that now. STILL, it’s def up there in my ‘places i’d like to visit before i die’ list. if i ever get the chance to visit NYC, i’d love to stand in the middle of times square and step my foot to manhattan since i think manhattan is just this really elite place. (also it reminds me of gossip girl, which i enjoy haha)

    • Joanna Turner
      Reply Joanna Turner 22/11/2017 at 4:52 pm

      When you visit New York (and you will) I guarantee you that it will live up to all those expectations <3 x

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