KODACHROME PHOTOS TAKEN BY A SHY STUDENT IN 1980S NYC.
As a film student at NYU in the 1980s, Robert Herman felt lost and alone. Of course, he wasn’t the first or last to feel that way. With it’s pulsing, crowded streets and endless stretches of concrete, New York is notorious for leaving it’s newest residence feeling isolated.To adapt to his new surroundings, the young film student picked up his camera and began walking the city. He would capture scenes on the street to feed his creativity and, as an added bonus, the camera served as just the buffer he needed to interact with the city.“I felt like a very vulnerable person,” Herman recalled in 2013. “Photography was my intermediary between me and the world. I was trying to find peace wandering the city. “After a while you get in a Zen space and the world slows down. And when you’re an outsider, you notice things that other people just walk by.”