NY Minute is a weekly segment where we speak with an out-of-towner visiting New York City to learn a little bit more about them.
This week’s NY Minute features the very well-spoken twentysomething playwright/director/activist who’s hashtag has inspired over 8200 images – ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, @matness!
Where do you hail from?
born and raised in montréal, québec.
What brings you to NYC?
quick stopover post jamaican vacation to allow for @jaclyn_t to run the half-marathon.
Something you MUST do before you leave?
we treat new york city like we treat montréal, so nothing too urgent other than buying some peroxide and socks.
Had the chance to meet with any instagrammers during your time here?
When are you coming back?
we like to visit semi-regularly, so hopefully we’ll be back sometime in late april or early may. If y’all give us a reason to jump on a bus, chances are we will.
Do the streets of NYC offer something different than the streets of MTL? What do you think sets them apart?
both cities are walkable, feisty and political. both have a penchant for public art and street performers. both are multi-lingual. both are architectural hybrids of the the classically refined and the modernly slick. but new york city is montréal on hyperdrive. it’s easy to let the city overwhelm you. to have a sensory burnout. to want to either curl up in a ball and hide or to tourist-attack the city in full spartan fashion. but once you stay still for a few minutes, once you take the city off some imaginary pedestal, once you stop having an agenda, it’s easy to just be. to live like a new yorker. new yorkers are amazing at being new yorkers. and if you watch them close enough, you’ll enjoy the parts of this city that are worth enjoying. you’ll be creatively in sync with all those images and sounds and smells and spirits that may otherwise impede you.
How many photos in your camera roll?
One thing someone using an iPhone for photography should know?
to recognise that we live in a time with an unparalleled accessibility to create and disseminate; that sharing is caring; and that little good comes from being protectively precious.