When it’s cold, just keep walking…
Computer Batteries

Image by Ed Yourdon
The glass wall behind this young woman is part of the 72nd St. IRT subway station that’s part of Verdi Square… She was walking very briskly indeed, though I certainly can’t blame her: even in the bright mid-day sunshine, it was cold and raw outside…

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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.

Pixie Gurading her Rawhides
Computer Batteries

Image by Douglas Brown
I posted one of the few photograps I have on my Tablet. We had a horrendous wind storm in Anchorage. Three 70′ pine trees were uprooted in our backyard and one hit our house and managed to take both the power cable and TV/Phone/Internet cable with it.

It may be another five days before we have electricity but hopefully it will be much sooner. But I don’t have any access to my primary computer and my photographs so this photo of our Shipperke is all I have to post. But she is very cute! :)

So, many apologies for no comments the last few days but my one Tablet’s battery only lasts about 3 ours so I’m very limited. I just got this back from a friend who charged it this afternoon… But I won’t be posting for a few days until my electricity comes back on.

Of course, that’s a long time for a Flickr Fanatic!

Be back as soon as I can…

Thanks, Doug.


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