NYC Trip Day 6: Saturday, April 19th / by Rugile Kaladyte

Niki, Sarah, and I decided to spend our last few hours in New York City visiting the 9/11 Memorial and exploring the city. Upon arrival we realized that with the crowds at the memorial site, we wouldn’t have enough time to wait in line and make it back in time to our Megabus.

As we were walking back to the subway, I found a young girl chasing pigeons and started photographing her. She would motion me to follow her and we would chase the pigeons together while I took her picture; looking around, she would point to another unsuspecting flock of pigeons and we chased them down. This continued until her father and brother returned from the food truck. As I headed back to Niki and Sarah, I saw the young girl motioning towards me and she asked to use my camera. The next few minutes were bliss as I watch a five-year old discover the power of photography while chasing down pigeons. After the father and I exchanged email addresses and goodbyes, I could hear the girl asking her father for a camera. That was awesome.

@rkaladyte teaches the next generation (of pigeon photographers) #nyc #ritpj #birdchasing #kids Photo credit: walker_niki

@rkaladyte teaches the next generation (of pigeon photographers) #nyc #ritpj #birdchasing #kids

Photo credit: walker_niki

Looking back on this week, I know that it’s one that I will always treasure. I still find it unbelievable that so many people were willing to take an hour out of their busy schedules to meet with us. There’s a tight knit photojournalism community and I am so fortunate to be a part of it.

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@zackdeclerck, @sarahannjump and @rkaladytesigning off for #ritphoto and #ritpj. Thanks for following our NYC adventures.

@zackdeclerck@sarahannjump and @rkaladytesigning off for #ritphoto and #ritpj. Thanks for following our NYC adventures.