Jersey City - Exploring the Powerhouse Arts District

The Powerhouse Arts district is a small area of Jersey City, traditionally filled with warehouses that are now gradually being transformed into stores, studios and apartments.

I normally intend to photograph people when I go out specifically to photograph on the streets. This time I wanted to tell a story of the environment and show some of the details that might not be around for much longer. I did have another motive, which was to have some back-up material for Bucket & Bay, a wonderful little gelato cafe in the area that are exhibiting some of my images.

I also decided to take my old Fujifilm X-E1 and a Pentax K1000 film camera rather than my usual X-T10. The X-E1 because speed was unimportant for the subject matter and I still like the rangefinder-style, even though I'm left-eye-dominant so in theory the viewfinder on the left should be less convenient. I took the K1000 too because I'm challenging myself to shoot film more regularly, even if only one roll per month alongside digital. 50mm lenses on both so it'll be interesting to see how they compare when I get the film developed.

For now, here are a few of my favorites from the X-E1:

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017

Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City, May 2017