The reopening of New York has brought about a banquet of sights, smells, tastes, textures and sounds. NewsMadura asked photographers to convey how the city nourishes each of the senses.
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OK McCausland tried to capture flavor. “There’s that moment everyone feels when they’re about to enjoy something they love. I was looking for that moment,” she said — like a group about to get into a bin popcorn at a Mets game, or a piece of meat just devoured at Katz’s Delicatessen in Manhattan.
Tess Ayano roamed New York for a week in search of touch. “I was looking for moments and vignettes that you can only find when you’re part of the city,” Ayano said, like the little boy pausing to greet her in Chinatown or strangers breaking the ice over their dogs in Washington Square. Park. “Even if there was no physical touch, there was still opportunity for connection.”
Wanting to illustrate vision, Dane Manary found both in the ins and outs of a barbershop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and from the vantage point of the Empire State Building Observatory. He also found something else: a sense of longing—the kind of viewing done from a distance. “You want to go out and see what’s there to see, but there’s also a void and a little bit of darkness,” he said.
Gabriela Bhaskar, a photography collaborator for The Times, walked through New York City, tuned in to smell—and the memories it so often evokes, like the familiar smell of the day before the garbage was picked up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or the aromas emanating from the roasted nut carts in Haarlem. “I can’t move around the city without my mind being activated with smells. What do I notice?” said Bhaskar.
New York is awash with noise. McCausland kept her ears open over the clatter for “sounds that draw you in,” she said, whether it was the screamed arguments of a demolition crew, a raucous game of pickup basketball, or an impromptu mother-daughter karaoke duet. “The environment is already so stimulating,” McCausland said. “You are everywhere, always, all at once.”