Trapped in NYC

A few weeks ago, an anonymous person very thoughtfully sent me a track called NYC by Brolin. This person must know me quite well, cause the song is to my taste exactly. Not only that, but I’d been meaning to make a short film about my trip to New York (as well as the extended stay due to Hurricane Sandy), and Brolin’s minimalistic sound space and ghostly vocals gave me an atmosphere of warmth and wonder that matched my footage perfectly.

Personally, I don’t think I could ever create anything and name it NYC. It’s a city with too much depth and complexity to try encapsulating in a verse or song or moving image, then tie it up with three simple letters. I can’t wait to go back again some day to capture as much as I can.


  1. I wonder what people name this style of music. I didn’t know this was your taste, but then our taste changes as we grow. I like the film clip.

  2. Long time reader (I love the photos and stories!), first time poster.

    This video is awesome and the music goes wonderfully with it.

    • Hey Duncan, thanks for de-lurking! Always interesting to find out who’s reading.

  3. Jeff, your videos are always amazing and inspiring! Don’t stop!

    I recorded a few dozen videos from my last trip to NS and have been planning on learning how to edit them together. It’ll be amateur hour but ever since your Hong Kong Markets video from years ago I’ve wanted to make one. Hopefully sometime this quarter :)

    • Thanks Sikander! I look forward to seeing what you do with your footage. Let me know when it’s ready!

  4. A poetic clip with a fitting, calming sound.

    I occasionally stop by and take a look at your blog. What keeps me doing this are your thoughtful writings and the way you translate real life moments into atmospheric pictures, still and moving alike.

    Greetings from Berlin!

  5. A masterpiece! I watched this countless times, thanks for crafting and sharing.

    Actually, I took your short film as an inspiration to finally get my feet wet with video editing, too. If you’re curious, how that turned out… well, I just uploaded my first video.

    Thanks for being an inspiration. Stay awesome.

    • You have a beautiful tribute to the city there, Stephan. I’m glad I was able to inspire, thank you for sharing!

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