NY Through the Lens is a visual documentation of NYC-based photographer Vivienne Gucwa's explorations throughout the city. From the young age of 17, Gucwa has been living on her own and working many jobs to stay afloat. As a way to manage personal stress, she would go for long walks for “as far as [her] feet would take [her]” and she found herself in awe of the many things that she came across.
In an effort to capture these beautiful experiences, Gucwa bought a cheap point-and-shoot camera and began documenting everything through her lens. In the stunning collection, Gucwa captures a beautifully glowing light that is cast across the urban environments. Eventually, she began posting her images on her blog. They were instantly a hit, and now, the series is available for pre-order as a 192-page coffee table book.
“I am endlessly haunted by a sense of saudade and sehnsucht: a deep longing for a place that is unidentifiable but somehow familiar and indicative of what could be identified as home,” she explains. “I am on a never-ending quest to attempt to imbue my photography of cities and landscapes with this complex notion of nostalgic longing.”