Narratively, a new digital publication devoted to original, true & in-depth stories about New York, is going to be big. They have an experienced team with fresh angles to journalism and a clear vision. I have often lamented how the news glosses over the most incredible human interest stories because there’s something flashier to be told; Narratively will return the focus to the minutiae that together make New York the best city in the world. There are certainly fun storytelling nights and blogs and exhibits and other fun outlets that celebrate the city and the people in it, but nothing to date that has used “new media” to tell stories and achieve scale.

To get this project rolling, they’ve gone the Kickstarter route. The benefits for donating are really neat, and I have no doubt that the content they will put out as a result will be fantastic. Help support this project today, and capture the stories of New Yorkers forever. (Is that too cheesy? I suppose that’s why I’m not a ‘real’ journalist.)

Off to work/school, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, May 9, 2012

Yes, I’m dabbling in the world of Instagram (and enjoy it, too) to capture those unexpected neighborhood moments and scenes that embrace the essence of NYC and the people who live here. Even though a lot of people are leaving Instagram since its grossly expensive Facebook acquisition, I’m sticking with it. I like the way people curate their accounts and how nearly everything is captured on the go via mobile phones. The composition of many of the photos feels more raw and imperfect but spot-on with tone (made possible by the filters) and experiencing a moment. For me, it’s a great outlet for exploring my interests in photography, neighborhoods, and people-watching without having to carry my SLR everywhere I go. I also expand how I think about each of these through the content posted by others; their perspectives are often different but still resonant.

You can follow me on your Instagram app (@jenbo1) if you want more, or just enjoy the photos I occasionally post here.

This photo is one of many taken by Andrew Burton, an amazing photographer living in NYC who hopped on a plane to Egypt a week ago and has been documenting ever since. Not only am I impressed by the photography itself, but I feel like everything that has happened in Egypt the last two weeks has been an insane whirlwind of passionate chaos, and Burton’s photographs and anecdotes make eternal the otherwise fleeting moments of revolution.