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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Mar 23, 2010 "Papa Online" blog titled "Nützliche Informationen für die Unterstützung von Babysitter, Tagesmutter & Co." It was also published in a Mar 24, 2010 MatadorLife blog titled "Photo Essay: People Watching in Verdi Square, New York City." And it was published in a Jul 11, 2010 blog titled "Wie finde ich eine gute Tagesmutter?" It was also published in an Aug 22, 2010 blog titled "Babysitters and Trusting Others." And it was published in an Oct 19, 2010 blog titled "Isabella and Jayden are the Most Popular Baby Names in New York City." It was also published in a Dec 16, 2010 blog titled "Una tribu para criar a un niño."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 14, 2011 "To Have a Baby" blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written here on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jun 30, 2011 Schöne Computer Unterstutzung blog as well as a Jul 27, 2011 blog titled "Tolle It Unterstützung Bilder, both with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 4, 2012 blog titled "Caut babysitter de calitate, ofer recompens?." It was also published in a Mar 11, 2012 blog titled "How Much Money Do You Need To Raise 2 Kids In Manhattan?" And it was published in a Mar 20, 2012 blog titled "Nannies For New York’s Super Rich Are Earning More Than 0,000 A Year." It was also published in a Jul 10, 2012 blog titled "Your Babysitter Checklist," as well as a Sep 7, 2012 blog titled "Give Me a Break! A New Parents’ Guide to Babysitters." And it was published in a Sep 18, 2012 blog titled "Au Pair Abroad: 4 Stories of Travel and Cultural Immersion."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an Apr 6, 2013 blog titled "Hiring A Nanny In New York City Is A Full-Time Job." It was also published in an undated (early Jun 2013) blog titled "13 Free Things to Do with Kids in NYC." And it was published in a Jul 21, 2013 blog titled "How To Find ChildCare."

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This, like several other pictures throughout this album, was taken in Verdi Square – tiny little park bounded by Broadway on the west, Amsterdam Ave on the east, and 72/73rd street on the north/south.

As noted in a previous picture, the young woman who was supervising this young boy and his brother plunked herself down on an unoccupied stone bench, and tossed out a couple of crumbled-up crackers to attract some of the nearby pigeons. The pigeons did indeed flock around, which the curly-haired blond boy thought quite entertaining… at one point, he gestured to the babysitter so she could see the pigeons that were in mid-flight…

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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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