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With the help of New York native and all around inspiring photographer, Scott Furkay, we’ve invited all nomadic explorers to share snaps of their favorite travel finds for the second incarnation of our #jamespov contest. The contest runs now through October and offers the chance to win a variety of amazing prizes including the grand prize of a three night stay at the brand new #jamesnomad.

Scott shared several breathtaking photos on the @jameshotels Instagram from his favorite travels and we sat down with the uber-talented creative to hear more about his photography, his upcoming travels and what inspires him the most.

Tell us a little bit about the images you elected to share as part of #jamesPOV.

I find my appreciation of destinations comes less from visiting the most well-known spots on the map, and more from exploring the little nooks & crannies where real locals spend their time. The images I chose to share come from those explorations. Ranging from an abandon rooftop overlooking the Flatiron building, to the back alleys of a Peruvian village high in the Andes.

What inspires your wanderlust?

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain until you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” -J.Kerouac

What tips would you recommend to budding creatives and photographers?

I would recommend reading ‘On The Road’ by Jack Kerouac, ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu, and ‘The Decisive Moment’ by Henri Cartier-Brisson

What’s your favorite hidden gem in New York?

Here are a couple places that still peak my interest in New York City after 15 years..

– The Beekman Hotel (5 Beekman St.)

– The Django Jazz Club underneath the old Roxy Hotel (#002 Ave of the Americas)

– The Explorer’s Club Headquarters’s ‘Research Collection’ Room (East 70th St.)
– The Elevated Acre(55 Water St.)

– The Dinosaur Wing at The Museum of Natural History

What’s coming up next for you?

I’ll be taking off to Iceland in the next month or so to work on a big project with another renowned fashion photographer. In addition to that, I’ll be heading down to Central America to work on a fashion project in conjunction with the CFDA

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