Birthday balloons
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the west side of Broadway, between 97th and 98th Street; I can’t be 100% certain, but I think it’s pretty likely that these balloons were being brought to someone’s apartment to help celebrate a birthday party. This is a far more common sight in the spring and summer, and it was nice to see such a rainbow splash of color brighten up a dreary winter Sunday here in New York City.

I have to admit that I used a little Photoshop magic to further reduce the dreariness: the original sky was actually a dull, gray haze…

Note: on Oct 18, 2009 I edited this photo to reduce the shadows that had darkened the woman’s coat to a monochromatic black. Now you can see the buttons on the coat, along with a few other details. It’s not a big change, but I think it’s a worthwhile improvement…

Note: this photo was published in a Feb 26, 2010 blog titled "what’s with today today." The outline of the balloons in this photo was also used in a mashup, along with various other photos, that form a collage for the cover of a musical EP called Pigshit and Glowing, by a group called Youngest Son, which was apparently published in late May 2011.

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: 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.

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.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, and crazy 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.

Kids on a leash
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This is a common sight whenever a group of teachers is taking a bunch of nursery-school-aged kids on a walk through the neighborhood. There’s almost always one teacher at the front of the pack, and another at the rear; and the kids all hold onto (or are sometimes attached to) a long leash held by the teacher at the front, and the teacher at the rear.

I don’t know where these kids came from, or which school they attended, but it probably wouldn’t be too hard to figure out. For what it’s worth, this picture was taken at the southwest corner of Broadway and 93rd Street…

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Note: this photo was published in a Dec 2, 2009 blog titled "Study Suggests Performance Pay’s Effect is Weak, Yet Reformers Embrace It." It was also published in a Feb 28, 2011 Huffington Post blog titled "A Neighborhood Has a Job to Do."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 22, 2013 blog titled "?????????????????????????."

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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.

Hey! You with the newspaper! Where’s your cell phone?
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken in Verdi Square, as I sat enjoying the sunshine for a few minutes before walking along 72nd Street for an afternoon exercise session. I originally took the picture simply because I thought the guy and his dog made an interesting scene … and check out the red sneakers!

But what I didn’t realize, when I was taking the photograph, was that he was paying no attention to his dog at all, while he chattered away on his cell phone. Nor did I realize that two of the othr three people in the scene were also chattering on cell phones. It certainly does provide a good illustration of how modern-day American spends its time…

Note: this photo was published in a May 15, 2009 PBS blog titled "Researchers Mine Cell Phone Data for Insight Into Human Behavior." It was also published in an undated (late Jan 2011) PetSugar blog titled "Hot Guys With Dogs: Who’s Cuter?"

MOving into 2012, the photo was published in a Aug 4, 2012 blog titled "20 Scientific Insights About Sex And Attraction."

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: 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.

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.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy 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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