Computer Battery

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken in Verdi Square, where one often sees mothers and/or babysitters wheeling their babies around in strollers. But most of them are fairly young; I couldn’t help wondering if this was a grandmother, or perhaps a middle-aged next-door neighbor. In any case, the two babies were sound asleep…

Note: this photo was published in an Apr 24, 2012 blog titled "How Much Should You Pay a Babysitter?"


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.

Powerbook 145B
Computer Battery

Image by jjackowski
I cleaned out and reorganized a room and found something left behind by the previous resident: a Macintosh Powerbook 145B. It even still works, but the battery is useless.

At the full resolution of this image, you can see the space between each pixel. In all fairness, I can get an image showing that space on most modern computer displays, but usually I can’t do that and fit the whole display in the frame.

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