photography

Winter, New York

When I think about my favorite season, I always think about winter. Growing up in Texas, I had a longing for those snowy and cold months. In recent years, I've had my fair share. I love getting out and shooting in the snow – the worse the weather is, the better it is for me to take photos. Running around the city in a blizzard gives you that sense of adventure and the opportunity to capture something unique.

Now living in New York, possibly the most photographed city, I've been challenged with finding those unique photo opportunities, a challenge I've fully accepted.

This is probably my favorite photo I've taken. I love the soft focus and the stride of the subject in the middle. This was shot in SoHo, which is one of my favorite parts of Manhattan. I also love the dark tones – exactly how I feel a winter photo should look.

This is probably my favorite photo I've taken. I love the soft focus and the stride of the subject in the middle. This was shot in SoHo, which is one of my favorite parts of Manhattan. I also love the dark tones – exactly how I feel a winter photo should look.

Snowfall beginning in Times Square. This was shot around 6AM; the emptiness of the area makes it a little eerie. 

Snowfall beginning in Times Square. This was shot around 6AM; the emptiness of the area makes it a little eerie. 

Times Square during snowfall. The color, tones, and lights from the video boards boosts the visibility of the snow.

Times Square during snowfall. The color, tones, and lights from the video boards boosts the visibility of the snow.

One thing that fits my editing style are yellow cabs. I typically like to bring the saturation down, so whenever there is a bright red, yellow, or orange color, it pops and stands out. Plus, nothing is more "New York" than a bustling street full of yellow cabs. 

One thing that fits my editing style are yellow cabs. I typically like to bring the saturation down, so whenever there is a bright red, yellow, or orange color, it pops and stands out. Plus, nothing is more "New York" than a bustling street full of yellow cabs. 

Iconic Flatiron building just after a light snowfall. The desaturated dark tone is something I keep consistent with my winter photos, especially when involving snow. I love the contrast of the white snow and the blacks in the shadows and grey in the sky.

Iconic Flatiron building just after a light snowfall. The desaturated dark tone is something I keep consistent with my winter photos, especially when involving snow. I love the contrast of the white snow and the blacks in the shadows and grey in the sky.

An ominous winter sky and a different look at the Flatiron building.

An ominous winter sky and a different look at the Flatiron building.

A classic "New York" photo of man getting into yellow cab. Love the pop of yellow from the cab in this otherwise desaturated dark toned photo. 

A classic "New York" photo of man getting into yellow cab. Love the pop of yellow from the cab in this otherwise desaturated dark toned photo. 

Another favorite of mine. I love the look captured on the woman's face on the left side of the photo. The contrasting colors of the blacks and the white of the snow, plus the crosswalk lines make this a stand out photo for me.

Another favorite of mine. I love the look captured on the woman's face on the left side of the photo. The contrasting colors of the blacks and the white of the snow, plus the crosswalk lines make this a stand out photo for me.

A classic black and white photo of the Brooklyn Bridge. I'd like to think Wes Anderson would be proud of the symmetry in this one. 

A classic black and white photo of the Brooklyn Bridge. I'd like to think Wes Anderson would be proud of the symmetry in this one. 

I love capturing candid moments and people acting natural. These three girls all snapping separate selfies on the Brooklyn Bridge is another favorite.

I love capturing candid moments and people acting natural. These three girls all snapping separate selfies on the Brooklyn Bridge is another favorite.

Seeing a snow covered Central Park for the first time is a moment I won't forget. This black and white photo captures the snow-covered terrain and trees with the overpowering city buildings in the background.

Seeing a snow covered Central Park for the first time is a moment I won't forget. This black and white photo captures the snow-covered terrain and trees with the overpowering city buildings in the background.

The amazing Russian Team Room building. Love the contrasting colors architecture of this building.

The amazing Russian Team Room building. Love the contrasting colors architecture of this building.

Busy streets looking down the canyon of a large avenue, snow falling, and another angle of the Flatiron Building. A perfect winter shot in New York for me.

Busy streets looking down the canyon of a large avenue, snow falling, and another angle of the Flatiron Building. A perfect winter shot in New York for me.


Josh Kuipers grew up in Dallas, Texas before moving to Chicago for college. In Chicago, he purchased his first DSLR and surrounded himself with creative people. Find more photos by Josh on his website, and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram @jkuip.