Photographer John Harkins has had a tough year, and he’s had it rough with his photojournalism.
He’s been forced to leave his home and relocate his family to New York City after the death of his wife, Annabelle, in 2014.
Harkins, who lives in the Lower East Side, has been covering the NYPD for a number of years, and the years of covering crime has helped shape his unique style and perspective on the NYPD.
“I really like to focus on the mundane, everyday moments,” Harkin said.
“As a police photographer, I try to capture the essence of the everyday, to capture what is happening on the street.
That is my style.”
Harkens’ photojournalistic style comes from the fact that he loves to photograph everything, even things he finds interesting.
For example, he likes to use black and white photos and photos of police and bystanders as his subject matter.
“My background is in black and color photography,” he said.
Hackett, the Bronx native who was born and raised in the borough, is a self-described “journalist’s photographer.”
Hackett, who grew up in the Bronx and has lived in the Upper West Side since he was 16, said that he’s used to photographing people in everyday situations.
“When I’m in a situation that I’m not used to, it makes me more comfortable,” Hackett said.
“In New York, if you’re not a journalist, you can’t be a photographer,” Hacketts said.
That includes those who are.
Hackett is one of the few photographers to be a police officer.
“A lot of people are trained as cops, and they don’t have the experience,” he explained.
“They don’t know what it is to be on the job and have a camera.”
Harkens and Hacketts both agree that the NYPD is the city’s most important and diverse force.
Hackers background as a cop has shaped his approach to his work, and Harkers photography has been influential to his approach as a photographer.
“The people I work with are really the people I want to photograph, and that’s a big part of what I do,” Hockett said, adding that his work is a reflection of his own experiences as a police detective.
“If you look at the people in the street, they’re the people you want to see,” Hackers said.
Hacketts photojournalist work has influenced the work of many other photographers, like Michael McKeown, who is a photojournalists own sister and who lives just outside of Manhattan.
“We’ve been friends for over 10 years and we work together, but we both have our own styles, and it helps us connect,” McKeynos sister, Michael, said.
McKeynows work has often focused on capturing the lives of police officers and civilians.
He said he started his career photographing the Bronx Police Department, before moving to the NYPD in 2007, and now works on both a daily basis and as part of a team.
“In the NYPD, there’s always a story to tell,” Mckeynos said.
When it comes to police, McKeys work has included many police officers who are family members or have served in the force.
“When you work on these stories, it’s like you’re part of something bigger than yourself,” McKes sister said.
Harkyns photography is an important part of his life, but McKeynes work also gives him insight into the world.
“Photography is just a tool that can be used for good or for bad,” Mc Keynos told The Globe and Mail.
“It’s a way to make sense of what’s going on around you.
I always look for those moments in the moment that I can use as a camera. “