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New York City from the Perspective of a Toddler in a Stroller

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New York City is one of the most photographed cities in the world, so you’ll need to think outside the box to capture the city from a fresh perspective. That’s what photographer Diego Acosta has done through his project titled Stroller. By placing a camera inside his son’s stroller, he documented what the Big Apple looks like from a toddler’s point of view.

Lopez's son, Ignacio, at 2 years of age.
Lopez’s son, Ignacio, at 2 years of age.

Acosta mounted a GoPro to the inside of the stroller, set it to take one photo every 10 seconds, and then visited iconic landmarks around the city. The series shows both famous tourist attractions and glimpses from daily city life.

The stroller “was covered with a plastic cover to protect it from rain and cold,” Acosta writes, “creating contrasting images between the internal reality of the stroller and the distortion created by the plastic on the outside.”

11/09/2014 - Queens, NY. At forest park giving a ride with mom & dad. The fall begun and the weather is starting to be cooler comparing with his native country Ecuador. (Diego Acosta/School of Visual Arts)
11/09/2014. Queens, NY. At forest park getting a ride with mom & dad. The fall begun and the weather is starting to be cooler comparing with his native country Ecuador. (Diego Acosta/School of Visual Arts)
11/15/14 At Forest Park Queens, NYC, Giving a ride with mom and dad.
11/15/14 At Forest Park Queens, NYC, Giving a ride with mom and dad.
11/15/14 At Forest Park Queens, NYC, Giving a ride with mom and dad.
11/15/14. At Forest Park Queens, NYC, getting a ride with mom and dad.
11/15/14 At Forest Park Queens, NYC, returning home for lunch
11/15/14. At Forest Park Queens, NYC, returning home for lunch
11/15/14 At Rockefeller Center for the first time, a drummers band apperars suddenly.
11/15/14. At Rockefeller Center for the first time, a drummers band apperars suddenly.
11/15/14 At Radio City Music Hall, NYC  giving a ride
11/15/14. At Radio City Music Hall, NYC getting a ride
11/15/14 At Times Square, NYC  giving a ride
11/15/14. At Times Square, NYC getting a ride
11/20/14 Dad (Diego) is playing with Ignacio while they wait to the "A" train at West 4 station in order to return home. Mom ( Paola) is hanging around with some friends, Ladies night
11/20/14. Dad (Diego) is playing with Ignacio while they wait to the “A” train at West 4 station in order to return home. Mom ( Paola) is hanging around with some friends, Ladies night
11/20/14 Dad (Diego) is playing with Ignacio while they wait to the "A" train at West 4 station in order to return home. Mom ( Paola) is hanging around with some friends, Ladies night
11/20/14 Dad (Diego) is playing with Ignacio while they wait to the “A” train at West 4 station in order to return home. Mom ( Paola) is hanging around with some friends, Ladies night
11/20/14 Returning home. The "A" train Suffer some door damage, peple need to change to another train. Mom ( Paola) is hanging around with some friends, Ladies night
11/20/14. Returning home. The “A” train Suffer some door damage, peple need to change to another train. Mom ( Paola) is hanging around with some friends, Ladies night
11/26/14 Going up to the "A" train at Rockaway Station way to Manhattan, rainy day
11/26/14. Going up to the “A” train at Rockaway Station way to Manhattan, rainy day
11/26/14 In our way to Manhattan, rainy day, Ignacio just wake up
11/26/14. In our way to Manhattan, rainy day, Ignacio just wake up
11/26/14 In our way to Manhattan, rainy day, Ignacio just wake up with hungry
11/26/14. In our way to Manhattan, rainy day, Ignacio just wake up with hungry

Acosta tells the New York Times that one of the challenges of this project was editing the giant collection of photos down to the keepers. Since the GoPro was constantly snapping away, Acosta would end each day with roughly 2,000 photos to cull through.

Acosta is currently attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC while his wife and son are back in his home country of Ecuador. The NY Times Lens Blog will be featuring Acosta’s work in a night of projects at Photoville in New York on September 12th, 2015. You can also find more of his work on his website.


Image credits: Photographs by Diego Acosta and used with permission

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