For a feature in its September issue, Travel + Leisure commissioned Tobias Hutzler to photograph Tribeca, Harlem, and Williamsburg—”three vibrant enclaves that are remapping America’s style capital,” as the magazine put it.
“The brief was to present an overall view of stylish New York now,” Tobias explains, “to capture a sense of the street life, energy/vibe, and character of each neighborhood.”
As for Tobias’ favorite neighborhood, Travel + Leisure interviewed him for the Contributors page, and he told them he loves where he lives: Soho. “I meet the craziest characters—movie stars, party people, street artists—simply while getting my morning bagel.”
Here’s a look at his photographs in the Travel + Leisure feature “New York Now,” along with some outtakes handpicked by Tobias himself…
Here’s more from the interview Travel + Leisure did with Tobias:
1. How to capture the essence of NYC.
To capture the essence of any place, I focus on the energy—that’s really what I photograph. You need to be receptive, silent, empty, and you must detach yourself from the cliches and images you have in your mind. I’ll do some reading to get a taste of a place, but I don’t do too much in-depth research in advance. I want to learn about it while I explore it visually.
2. Skyscrapers or townhouses (aesthetically speaking)?
I photograph in different boroughs—Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, for instance. Each of these places has a different energy, different people, different history. Each is a different face of New York City.
3. New York photo collages are full of…
Pure life and magic. Weird, beautiful, strange juxtapositions of all facets of life.
4. New York preference: day or night? Why?
Day to night to day from my rooftop in Soho!!
5. Favorite city landmark.
I try to avoid landmarks!
6. The best thing about New York is…?
This city is unique. Its essence is about pure life. That’s the beauty of it.
7. Be sure to avoid…
The hot dogs.