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You think it's easy to walk up the street when your pants are down around your knees? | by Ed Yourdon
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You think it's easy to walk up the street when your pants are down around your knees?

This guy was walking up Broadway, between 87th and 88th Street.

 

I know this is the current fashion, and I know that it's supposed to be very, very cool. But I can't help thinking that it looks ridiculous to have pants worn so far below the hips. And after watching him waddle along for a block or so, I can also confirm that it definitely slows one down...

 

Note: this photo was published in a Jul 20, 2010 blog titled "Man Taken to Court Over… Baggy Pants?" It was also published in a Sep 20, 2011 blog titled "Quick List: It's a Guy Thing."

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Jun 2012) Mashpedia blog titled "Baggy Pants."

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an Apr 14, 2013 blog titled "Baggy Pants Get Outlawed." It was also published in a May 30, 2013 blog titled "Saggy, Baggy Pants…Are They Really a Fashion ‘Don’t'? [POLL]."

 

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jul 17, 2014 blog titled "Wearing Baggy Pants? You Could Go To Jail."

 

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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