I moved to New York almost a decade ago (from Los Angeles, and Detroit before that, and Kansas City before that). By that point in my life -- after moving around so much -- I found the best way to get to know my new hometown was through art and creativity.

While living in Los Angeles I discovered my passion for photography, so that was my favored way to familiarize myself with New York.

If you've never been to New York, its hallmarks are chaos and energy. It can be overwhelming when you first set foot onto the pavement of a Manhattan street. It was for me! There's intense sensory overload: visual advertisements are inescapable, street art and graffiti everywhere you look, smells and sounds blanketing the atmosphere, and, of course, people. An unbelievable deluge of strangers flooding every street, 24/ 7. It's an intensely surreal experience, experiencing the lifeblood of New York for the very first time.

I absolutely loved every second of it. But I wanted to filter the madness and confusion -- a great metaphor for life in general, I think -- into something more manageable. My attempts at doing just that -- taming the anarchy, capturing the surrealist essence of New York -- gradually crystallized into what is now my "Coincidences" project.

Even though I acclimated to New York years ago (and don't even skip a beat when a stranger bumps into me on the street or train) I continue to make photographs for "Coincidences." Part of the way along the journey of the project, I realized the pictures in this series give me a new appreciation for life itself. How uncanny that the disparate and unrelated elements in the photographs come together for a brief, miraculous moment to create something so beautiful!

Ultimately, "Coincidences" is my love letter to New York, and to the infinite number of magical, ephemeral and serendipitous moments that make it a city unlike any other.

More info: jonathanhigbee.com

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Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

This is such a beautiful photograph

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

He looks amused as well!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

Took me at least 1 minute to understand, that its a balloon with a man in background holding a mobile.. definitely a very fine timed click!

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

The Weeknd has places to go!

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Tamara Laney
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3 years ago

I need that guy to drag me into work every day too!

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Dogfacedboy1980
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3 years ago

but I don't want to add a comment..

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

Whatever it is, its not a happy call after all!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Ummm.. whhhhaattt!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Looking at the hairstyle/body etc., she could be a girl of Asian origin. if that's the case, this is a perfect co-incidence.

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Tamara Laney
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3 years ago

Wall Street honchos really ARE vampires--I knew it!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Living the America dream! *pun intended!*

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Julie Lynn
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3 years ago

VERY Cool! :) :)

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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3 years ago

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Clearly photoshopped.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Cool pair of Sneakers!

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Interesting tree in the background. Seems to be on both sides of the fence.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Sadly, this would be reality of our world quite soon if we didn't stop generating too much waste very soon.

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Tamara Laney
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3 years ago

Pigeon be like-- Oh, I'm SO outta here!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

In India, people call this candy - "Old woman's Hair" ? What else its called in your country Bored pandas?

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Devin Robinson
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3 years ago

hey...I got the stuff...

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Mega Shark
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1 year ago

omg wow dat well cool innit bruv. lol

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FanaticRex99263
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3 years ago

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Is that ummm... are u thinking the same, what I am thinking?

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