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.