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Reading together

In case you wanted to know, the woman is reading "The Time-Traveler's Wife." I think the man was reading a manuscript of some kind. All of this was taking place in an outdoor cafe called "Arte Around the Corner" on the southwest corner of Columbus and 73rd Street, where I've had the good fortune of photographing various other interesting people over the past year ...

 

For example, here's a photo from the same location, of a red-headed guy ...

 

Note: this photo was published in a Jun 18, 2010 blog titled "Kicking Off "Summer in the City!" (Adult Summer Reading 2010)." It was also published in an Aug 31, 2010 Mashable blog titled "Social Network Unites Writers and Fans of Short Fiction [INVITES]," which unfortunately I didn't even notice at the time of publication... And it was published in a Nov 21, 2010 blog titled "Social Networking and eBusiness Internship."

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a May 2, 2011 Fast Company blog titled "Openmargin Lets The World See Your Book-Margin Scribbles" at www-dot-fastcompany-dot-com-slash-1751060/openmargin-lets-you-publicly-annotate-ebooks. It was also published in a Jul 19, 2011 blog titled "Reading together."

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2012) blog titled "Amsterdam Cafe, New York." And it was published in a Mar 6, 2012 blog titled "Schöne My Social Network Photos."

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published on the home page of a website called Authors and Writers - Rotary. It was also published in a May 1, 2013 blog titled "4月に読んだ本 ." And it was published in a Jun 25, 2013 blog titled "Readers’ Advisory –- What to Read Next." It was also published in a Sep 1, 2013 blog titled "8月に読んだ本."

 

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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 August 4, 2009