If you’ve got sunglasses, you’ve also got bottles of water
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Image by Ed Yourdon
These women were standing at the southeast corner of Broadway & 73rd street, at the entrance to Verdi Park.


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, homeless people, 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.

My initial focus was on the two blonde women in the middle, because I thought the combination of their hair, sunglasses, and water bottles made an interesting composition. But when I saw the result, I was also intrigued by the way they were flanked by the other women around them…

Energy Hog
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Image by P^2 – Paul
This hotel has those handy-but-annoying places to park your card key just inside the door. Putting the card in the slot turns on all power to the room. A pain in the butt if, while you’re gone, you actually want to leave your computer on for a download, or have some batteries charging. A folded business card does the trick. (a single layer is too thin for this one, for some reason).

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Image by BIT-101
The BIT-101 Laboratory.

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