AMV in New York: Drew Jessup’s 6 favourite spots
Drew Jessup is a professional photographer, based in New York for the last seven and a half years. He talks to us about his daily life and shares his favourite spots with us.
Photos: Jacob Howell
Hi, Drew! What do you like most about New York life?
Sophia Loren once said: “When I’m walking down the street, I always feel that around the corner, there is something wonderful waiting for me.” That’s what I feel about New York, which is what I like calling “the magic of the unexpected.”
How would you describe your photography style?
For me, it’s like a creative mountain that I’m still climbing. It’s hard to describe, but when I take photos, I’m constantly in search of a certain essence. Like sparks of life, film scenes that give you goose pimples, make you laugh, inspire you.
What’s your favourite thing about photography?
At first, I wanted to pick up a camera to capture my daily life: what I do, when, how and with whom. It’s kind of like keeping a journal. I like to be able to keep memories.
What’s an average day like for you?
I get up fairly late and I always start by drinking coffee. Then, I organise my day around my appointments. Right now, my evenings are pretty full. I go to a store opening (or two), then I join a friend for dinner. If I have nothing planned, I cook at home before going out for a drink. My days usually end between midnight and 4 a.m.
Drew’s favourite spots for …
— Vintage shopping: Stella Dallas (285 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA)
— Pizza: Joe’s Pizza (7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014, USA)
— A date: St Mazie’s Bar & Supper Le Club (345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA) or Le French Diner (188 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA)
— Afternoon coffee: C&B (178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA)
— A glass of wine: Marylou (41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA) or Sauce (78 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA)
— Art: The Met (1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA) or The Somerset House (10-25 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11101, USA)
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