MY FIRST TIME VISITING NEW YORK CITY was this past July. I had the opportunity to photograph a skateboard outreach event in the Bronx, put on by Real Life Church and the non-profit organization Make Your Mark. During my off time, I spent a few days wandering the streets of the city with my Mamiya 7 and a few rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400. A city known for its amazing street photographers, I felt the pressure to create photos that would capture the soul of New York City. The people, buildings and even sounds were all on my short list of ideas. I hope by looking through this series of photos you can hear the taxis beeping their horns, the smell of hot dog stands, and feel the essence of New York City.