Springtime romance
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This couple was quite photogenic, and I took lots of pictures of them. Unfortunately, after uploading the images to my computer, it looked as if the young woman wasn’t wearing any underwear … but I think this photo is okay.

Note: this photo was published as one of several illustrations in a May 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Best Romance Novels." It was also published in a Jul 13, 2009 blog titled "The Many Sources Of Aphrodisiacs." And it was published in a Jul 7, 2010 Dating Tips blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Oct 10, 2010 blog titled "2 Dating Tips For Women." And it was published in a Nov 23, 2010 blog titled "Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Colorado Tuesday in the Leavey Center," but also with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 7, 2010 blog titled "The Different Romance Genres."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (Feb 2011) New Zealand blog titled "Have no worries." And it was published in a Feb 14, 2011 Matador Network blog titled "What Makes a Moment Romantic, Anyway?" It was also published in an Oct 26, 2011 blog titled "Prime ten Most Important Health Ideas." And it was published in a Nov 3, 2011 blog titled "Would You Tell?"

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 8, 2012 blog titled "83% of People Would Be Willing to Go on a First Date on Valentine’s Day." And it was published in a Mar 2, 2012 blog titled "Have No Worries."

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

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Nick Perla
12/31/2007
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