I’m pregnant, and I’m beautiful
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Image by Ed Yourdon
What else is there to say?

Note: this photo was published as one of several illustrations in a May 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Enjoying Pregnancy." It was also published in a Sep 23, 2009 blog titled "Best Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips.", which was republished in a May 26, 2010 issue of the Nutrition Fitness Life blog. And it was published in an Oct 7, 2009 blog "Top Ten Ways to Help a Pregnant Woman."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2010 blog titled "Pregnant Women Say They’re Often Exposed to Workplace Hazards." And it was published as an illustration in an undated (Jan 2010) blog titled "Seventieth Street Playground in New York County, NY." It was also published in a Jan 29, 2010 blog titled "Trying to decide if you want kids? Relax, your eggs are already dead." And it was published in a Feb 20, 2010 Order the pill blog, with the same title as the caption on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Mar 15, 2010 blog titled "Guilderland Public Library hosts Baby Palooza." And it was published in an Apr 12, 2010 blog titled "When Do You Acknowledge Someone is Pregnant?" It was also published in a May 13, 2010 blog titled "Los órganos que se modifican en el embarazo." And it was published in a Jun 2, 2010 blog titled "Extra Pregnancy Pounds Lead to Heart Risk for Kids." It was also published in a Jun 16, 2010 blog titled "Embarazadas en verano: ¿Qué comer?" And it was published in an undated (Jun 2010) blog titled "El 80% de las mujeres embarazadas sigue fumando," as well as a Jun 21, 2010 blog titled "P: ¿Cuánto tiempo me puedo tomar de licencia de maternidad de mi trabajo?" And it was published in a Jul 20, 2010 blog titled "3 Effects of Teen Pregnancy on Mothers," as well as a Jul 21, 2010 blog titled "OK to Deny Morgages to Pregnant Women?" And it was published in a Jul 26, 2010 blog titled "Pregnant Fox fears moving in with boyfriend." It was also published in a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "Best Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." And it was published in a Nov 8, 2010 blog titled "You’re pregnant. And he’s decided NOT to leave his wife," and a Nov 13, 2010 blog titled "Exercises that are Useful during Pregnancy."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 24, 2011 blog titled "Best Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." And it was published in an Apr 6, 2011 Health Charter Online blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Apr 23, 2011 blog titled "Laugh Before Noon With the Banker." And it was published in a May 26, 2011 blog titled "Best Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." It was also published in a Jun 22, 2011 blog titled "Pregnant and Prudent?" It was also published in a Sep 12, 2011 blog titled "Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Exercise During Pregnancy." And a heavily cropped, and garishly colorized version of the photo was published in an undated (early Oct 2011) blog titled "Gli incontri dedicati alle famiglie dal 7 al 13 ottobre 2011."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Feb 2012) blog titled "??? ." And a heavily cropped version of the photo (showing only the woman’s pregnant belly) was published in an Apr 10, 2012 blog titled "Kids These Days Are Horrible at Getting Knocked Up." It was also published in a May 24, 2012 blog titled "Best Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips."

Moving into 2013, a cropped version of the photo was published in a Jan 21, 2013 blog titled "La ginnastica in gravidanza, quali esercizi fare a casa per prepararsi al parto," as well as a Jan 22, 2013 blog titled "Best Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips."

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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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