Today I’d like to introduce you to a project about love. And New York.

Hellonewyorkcitylove is a photography blog, runned by Charlotte Schreiber and Kerstin Müller, two amazing German photographers. Originally knowing each other just from sight at their home university, they met again this summer in New York, both doing internships. I’ve been following their tumblr for a while now and went from enraged attacks of envy to falling more and more in love with their documentary. I came up with some questions and the two lovely ladies were kind enough to answer them for us.

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How was it to meet each other again in New York?

Charlotte: We basically met in university and realized at the end of our semester that we would be in New York City at the same time. We arranged to meet again in July, because it’s always good to know somebody in a city you just moved to. It’s amazing when this somebody turnes into a really good friend. All together it was just awesome.

Kerstin: It really was awesome. At school, we were in different semesters and because of that we didn’t really meet each other except in this one class.  When we saw each other in New York it was totally open how well we’d get along, but it turned out to be great!

How did you come up with the idea of hellonewyorkcitylove?

C: We were thinking about creating a zine with the images we were taking. But we wanted to share the moment in a more immediate way. So we decided to start a blog which also helps us to keep track of the moments we’re capturing.
The name of the blog relates to two important things we’re trying to show in our pictures. First, it’s our love to New York City which is an incredible city and a place to be and to grow for us. And second, it’s the love we found in each other. So let’s say it’s a tribute to this city and to our friendship.

K: It was quite hard to find the perfect name for our blog, but I think there couldn’t be any better one than the one we’ve picked. It’s vibrant. It’s special. And so is New York.
It’s also kind of like about discovering this big and crazy city, finding out all these small and big facets.

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What kind of camera do you use?

Fujifilm Instax 2010

Why instant film?

C: One thing that makes New York City so adorable that it’s a city full of captivating moments. Every single of them is unique and so is the instant film picture we are taking.
And it’s fun shooting with it!

K: In times of digital photography it is pretty unique to take every shot just once. With your digital camera you tend to do kind of like mass photography. You take hectic pictures, you don’t really focus on what you see any more, and if you don’t like the picture, you just take another one. With instant film you still have to be quick to capture the perfect moment, but at the same time you are very considerate with the subject you photograph – each photo basically costs a Dollar… and the amount of pictures – and money adds up… But as Charlotte said: Every moment is unique, and nothing but instant film could transport this uniqueness better..

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What is your favourite shot out of the bunch?

C: That’s a hard one. Actually I love them all.
My personal favourite though is the one of me with a Panda who just sat at Wall Street and wanted to take a picture with me. And this one.

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K: My favourite is the one with the directors chair. In the background you see the skyline of this crazy and stressful  city, but at the same time it’s a moment of perfect peace… It’s at some photo studio, it’s about work, about the reason why I came to NY.

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Do you have any advice for others, regarding travelling photography?

C: No.

K: Don’t try to take the same pictures everyone else takes… Your moment (and perspective) in that place is special.

Is that half naked guy still available?

C: Haha, the last time I spoke to him he was straight and single. So, ehm, yes.

K: Why don’t I know anything about half naked guys… ehm?

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To see more of their pictures visit hellonewyorkcitylove and Charlotte’s and Kerstin’s personal blogs and Charlotte’s portfolio.


This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.