Here are some that tell a story. These photographs were all made during a five-day visit to New York City, October 31-November 4, 2022.
NY Subway Riders
The NY Subway is tiring. Here we get a little connection and a moment shared between a couple. For that same reason, this next one also works.
We can make up a scenario of what’s going on, but it looks like a goodbye perhaps. It’s taking place on the subway platform. Both of these work as street photos with something happening in each.
That splash of red while also featuring the Washington Square Park Arch, the fountain, but mostly that oh-so-red redhead. If we were walking together, I’d tap your shoulder and tell you to check it out. That’s what this photo does.
Pizza Headed Your Way
A person carrying a pizza on their head–you don’t see that everyday, and that’s why it’s in and I’m showing you. A funny little moment in the life of New York City.
Looks more like comfort napping to me and in fresh air with the windows rolled down. Just a stolen moment of their day, one person perhaps still making calls at work, the other nodding off.
This one, because we have those piercing eyes to look at and the reflected light coming from two directions, this photograph works for me as a depiction of the bustle of New York’s midtown, and like we’re right there. Proximity to the foreground makes this photograph.
Let’s Get Dad
What’s there not to like about kids horsing around with their dad at Bryant Park. Just a sweet little moment. If they weren’t climbing all over him, you’d never have seen it.
Cold November Rain
This has the arm with the tattoo in sunlight, a pair of shadows of the couple, and a little story–we get to read her tattoo for as long as we want to. It’s composed, it’s an interesting composition, and it tells a story. That took following her and waiting for the composition to come into position but all my effort is worthless if it’s not a good story.
Now It’s Your Turn
Why do I like these enough to include them here? You tell me.
These offer some clues. The first one with “Imagine” is in Strawberry Fields in Central Park, just outside the Dakota building, which was John Lennon’s home. The next one is the Dakota. Without context, it’s just a building photo. With context, it’s a story.
The one with the family with coffees reminds me of when I was a kid and coffee was only for grownups.
The one outside B&H Photo, a camera store, with the two people holding shopping bags, I can’t help but think she’s excited by her purchase, he’s concerned about the hit to his wallet.
The second to last one is a photo that only works because of the traffic light and street lamp. A stark angle and composition and that deep blue sky.
The rest are little moments or simple compositions, interesting people or folks at work.
The last one is a homage to Lee Friedlander’s famous shadow photo.
That said, these are some street photos so I have something to show from a recent visit to New York. That doesn’t mean they make the final cut into my ColoradoFaces.com Gallery. That gallery is reserved for the very best.
Sometimes a simple political statement, made by two different people, works as a street photo. It’s the second statement, the added word “Twice”, that makes it worthwhile. A sign of the times.
Show me something worth looking at. I’ll come back again and again. Show me boring ones, and you’ll never see me again.
Since you asked … #3 with the two ladies works because they both noticed you (or is the plaid lady looking at the younger one), and who sees a plaid suit like that every day? #4, family with coffee: meh. #5 with the locks is kind of cool, but it’s a photo of somebody else’s art. #6 with the window washer is genuine street art, especially with the light hitting him. #7 with the couple(s) is mildly interesting — there might be a story behind the blonde. #8 with the subway and the windblown lady isn’t really street photography, since she’s posing, but a cool image nonetheless; the subject will like it. #9: yeah, only in a big city. #10 you mentioned. #11 with the lottery does tell a story. #12 I don’t get. The central figure is kind of small. The two guys in the pizza place are good — would be better if the customer weren’t looking at you. Buildings … meh. I’m afraid the homage to Friedlander doesn’t quite make it. “Fuck Putin … Twice” sure does have a story.
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Fair analysis, Steve. The coffee photo I explained why it’s in there. The locks are someone’s art, but there’s a mystery to what it says and means. #12 is the lady with mask on Halloween headed to the opera. You might not get that, but there is a moment of expression there and this is an example of one 5-day visit to NYC. I agree not all are going to make the final cut, as I stated. But they’re not boring like the previous posts’ photos. As a whole, there’s something to look at in this group versus the bad photography post, which is the point I’m making.
Thanks for doing this, Ken. It really is instructive.
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Wow. GREAT stuff. Love it. Comfort Air Conditioning. Also, what the hell is ij those huge B&H bags? 😯
Something yummy! 🙂