Two Cities, Two Bridges

This is a really exciting post, not only because it brings great photos with it, but because it is the first collaboration between Robert Doyle from Soundtrack of a Photograph and Soranny Martinez from Sory’s World . We both decided to photograph our favorite subject, at the same time, same day and using the same camera model. The trick? We are both in different cities and we have never personally met! So after a little playing with how to do it we both set camp on October 6, 2015 to capture our snaps (Robert in New York, Soranny in New Orleans), taking two shots one at sunset and the other an hour before, one in color and the other in black and white, and now we are here to share the final work with you.

Robert writes– “So it was that a few months back I was introduced to Soranny and her blog via a weekly feature on WordPress called Community Pool, that allows fellow bloggers to give one another input on layout, graphics, and photos. When I investigated her blog I was immediately impressed by her work, mostly inspired by her new home of New Orleans. As I began going through her photos I saw that she has a great feel for architecture, texture and vibrant colors. Digging deeper I noticed one thing especially. She had posted some amazing photos of bridges. When I asked her about it she admitted it was one of her favorite subject matters. I had done an entire blog last year about the Manhattan Bridge, so coming across someone as passionate about bridges as her was a great find.  Please make sure you check out her blog for yourself. Soranny’s choice was the GNO Bridge in New Orleans and mine was the 59th Street Bridge, both of which really seem to represent where we both are.  For Soranny it represents the love of her new home in New Orleans and for me, my new home in Queens. I like to think that bridges represent both the actual structure, and the transitions we both made.  Here are Soranny’s photos.”

Crescent City Connection, New Orleans, LA
Crescent City Connection, New Orleans, LA

Soranny writes-“It’s funny what you can accomplish with a little planning and a vigorous exchange of about 40 emails. Robert and I came across each other on the Daily Post Community Pool  a few months back and fell in love with each other’s work and now we are collaborating, isn’t that awesome!? Robert not only shares the love for photography with me but also we both enjoy photographing bridges, so when he came up with the idea of working together the first thing that came to mind was “We should work on bridges”! Another fun fact is that I personally am afraid of heights and water gives me the creeps, but there is something about bridges, especially the CCC that just makes me feel at peace. One of my favorite things to do is go sit under the bridge and watch the people pass on their bikes or working out in peace, contrasting with all the people crossing the bridge in the chaotic traffic. Also I look at bridges as connectors, keeping us close even across water. Makes me feel that all though my friends are far from me, it’s not really that much of a distance, I can literally cross waters and be with them again.

I really hope y’all enjoy our pics as much as we enjoy planning and taking the plan to action, it really was a lot of fun and we came up with great photos to show. Also don’t forget to check Robert’s blog for more great photos, writing and MUSIC (he likes to pick songs for his posts and it’s pretty cool), you will fall in love with his work as I did.

59th Street Bridge, New York, NY
59th Street Bridge, New York, NY

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46 thoughts on “Two Cities, Two Bridges

    1. Aww thanks Danielle! Really pleased with the results and the reaction thus far for both of us. It was a true collaboration, trading ideas and the day of the photoshoot was exciting. Fears of what if it all goes wrong, what if my photos are terrible. Happy it worked out and thanks for the comment!

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    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun and a lot of work deciding when, what, and how but it was truly a mutual collaboration. Soranny took the idea to a completely different place and it really worked thanks to her. Like I said in another comment as the hour grew closer for the photo shoot I got really nervous about the angle, about the lighting, etc. I fired off over 100 shots that day in the hopes of getting 2! So am very pleased with it!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun getting this done and we are just so thrilled at the reaction this is getting from everyone. I told Soranny way back that my fascination at least was from my childhood, and being interested in transportation-trucks and trains, and a fascination with construction. Figures it would come into my photography! Thanks for the comment!

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    1. Thank you. It was so much fun doing it. I always get excited when I have proofread and finalized the photos for one of my blogs, but this was really special yesterday, and we both decided to publish simultaneously once we were ready. So it was hanging by the computer waiting for the sign to go live! Thanks so much for the comment 🙂

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  1. You both did a wonderful job on this collab, Robert! I love the different pics of the bridges…and I somewhat have a fascination with NY (although I could never live there). I didn’t know you were in the Big Apple!!! Wow!

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    1. Thanks Tasha! It was so much fun to do this! Been wanting to collaborate with someone for a long time and Soranny was a great partner. You didn’t know I was here? Lol. Lets put it this way-last year at this time I was getting really burned out on it but we moved to Queens where it is quieter and less congested. We have a little balcony and a Manhattan view which is real good for the soul. Thanks for the comment, as always!

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      1. I do hope to visit someday…I’d like to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I want to see the big city and all but I’m from the flatlands of KS…don’t think I can hang with a city like NY for too long…especially being introverted, hate small spaces, don’t care for crowds, and don’t care for living in buildings that house other people lol.

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      2. I understand, it’s all in what you are used to. I’m born and raised in this area so those Kansas flatlands would be great to see (actually I have!) but for me not very long. I’m introverted too but have found my balance here. I have my moments of hating the crowds and all but I work through it.

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! Once we came across each other and we both realized bridges were a mutual passion the project all came together! Off to check off some of your posts shortly. I came across you and your social media from the wonderful The Thought Card blog. Thanks for the comment and stopping by!

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