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Hold on, kids: it's starting to rain, and we gotta run for home! | by Ed Yourdon
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Hold on, kids: it's starting to rain, and we gotta run for home!

This was taken on the south side of 72nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenue. It wasn't actually raining at this point, but it certainly did look like it was about to start pouring...


As the woman ran by me, she gave me a quizzical look, and said, "I hope you weren't photographing me! I was running!" And I thought, "well, yeah, that's exactly what made the scene so interesting..."


Note: this photo was published in a Jan 15, 2010 blog titled "¿Por qué estar tranquila?" And it was published in a Feb 15, 2010 blog titled "Monday Madness Trekaroos Welcome Rewards." It was also published in a Mar 30, 2010 blog titled "After Baby Beauty Routine: Quick Tips for Effortless Beauty." And it was published in a Jul 7, 2010 Baby Products blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a mid-Oct 2010 "Mountain Buggy Double Strollers" blog, titled "The Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Baby Stroller 2010 IT-111L – Two Children And Happy Parents." And it was published in a Dec 28, 2010 blog titled "Kids in the City."


Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2011 blog titled "HOJE, AO VER-ME ANGUSTIADA, UM HOMEM DISSE-ME: A URGÊNCIA NÃO EXISTE, EXISTE É GENTE COM PRESSA." And it was published in a Mar 8, 2011 "Mayo Diet" blog titled "Cool Running Tips Images." It was also published in an Apr 2, 2011 blog titled "Locomotion in Humans." And it was published ina Jun 27,2011 blog titled "Invest in a Good Stroller."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 13, 2012 blog titled "Diet/exercise tips for getting off a plateau?" It was also published in a Feb 29, 2012 blog titled "I'm So Glad I'm Not You." And it was published in a May 29, 2012 Orange County Register blog titled "Baby Brain: Expect the Unexpected." And it was published in a Jun 4, 2012 blog titled "Cele mai bune carucioare tip jogging." It was also published in a Jul 28, 2012 blog titled "Nice Parenting Tips Photos."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2013 blog titled "'Ill-Advised' Baby Parenting Techniques Are Ruining Children, According to Preachy New Research."


Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 25, 2014 blog titled " 10 Reasons to Consider a Low-Key Birthday Party." And it was published in a Sep 15, 2014 blog titled "STROLLERS 101: HOW TO SURVIVE VERTICAL LIVING WITH A BABY BUGGY IN TOW." It was also published in a Nov 4, 2014 blog titled "型落ちでもいい?ベビーグッズを安く探すならまずはAmazon在庫一掃セール."




This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: 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.


As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, 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.


Thus far, I've generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless 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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Taken on June 30, 2009