Like any bright-eyed expat, Alexa Chung faced a steep learning curve
when she first moved here from her native England. "You know when you get
in a taxi and you go, 'Please can you take me to 7th and B,' and they
don't answer? I found that so rude, because London taxi drivers will
tell you everything about the city, to the point where it's annoying in
the opposite way. But now I realize it's just how the city works. What's
the point of talking when you can just get shit done?"
to say that Chung, the globally celebrated writer, TV host, designer and
fashion muse, could deftly and, more important, humbly make her way
through just about any metropolis these days. The images in this story represent a scattershot array of locales as well as Chung's New York,
but there's a common thread connecting these captured moments -- one
that ties back to her adoptive home.
"That's the nice thing about
living in NewYork," she says. "There's enough expats there that it feels
like a big community, and we all swap friends. I like that
cross-pollination. With the Internet and travel, everyone's kind of in on
the joke now."
Without further ado, we at PAPER are thrilled to present Alexa's first feature as a photographer. Read on, and look out for the print version in our April issue.