We offered LA-based photographer Connelly Molnar a chance to visit us in New York City, to test the platform we’ve created for creators, by creators. He was more than ready to live out his dream. So he booked a flight, packed his bags, and was on his way.
Connelly was able to experience New York with the locals of the city as well other creatives. “I can’t believe I’m actually here in the Big Apple,” Connelly would say through a huge grin, confirming his tourist status.
The first night he was here in New York, The Hub gathered a handful of photographers for a dinner and to talk about how each person does what they do, about The Hub’s platform itself and how it could grow into something greater. After the dinner, a handful of us went around the city to create some content at Union Square, on the subway, in Times Square, and in an arcade in Chinatown.
Throughout the week, he surrounded himself with creators and worked on his craft. He took captured moments on the streets, riding the subway, in coffee shops.
On Friday night, a large number of photographers and models showed up to a meet up in Dumbo, Brooklyn in the freezing cold to connect with each other and Connelly.
On Saturday, Connelly woke up in The Williamsburg Hotel, chased some pigeons, and layered up in jackets in preparation for a day of shooting. Connelly and other photographers wandered throughout the Chelsea Market, along the High Line, and on a random corner on the street, shooting the same model and in the same location but with completely different visions and edits.
On Sunday, Connelly shoved most of Manhattan down his throat: the World Trade Center, the Oculus, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Grand Central Station.
If you asked Connelly his thoughts on New York at the end of his trip, he would tell you that his perspective on the people and the atmosphere changed after he left. “Everything was crazy but that’s people. People are crazy, but a good kind of crazy. No one was mean, just very different,” he says, “everyone was the person they chose to be, no one did anything for someone else. They all did everything they wanted to do. They were unique individuals with beautiful minds.”
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I’m a huge believer on experiences, it’s almost become a bad habit because I’m willing to sacrifice so much for something I know will be an experience that I’ll remember forever. Being flown to New York was a scary moment, getting out here and not knowing if I would make any solid friends and being very skeptical as to how my time would be spent out here. Now coming to the end of the trip I look back on how my time out here has been and I realize this trip was an experience of a lifetime. I made friends I’ll have/remember for my entire life, I created new experiences that have taught me so much about myself, and I shot for more companies than I could have ever dreamed of. If you’re ever in a pinch of weather or not you should do something. Think of what the experience could be like, then make your choice.