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The Crime Boss

Part of a series of portraits of people in public that were taken September 26, 2010, while serving as the New York City Adviser for Microsoft's launch of its foursquare photography app.

 

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THE CRIME BOSS:

Leading a life of crime, if only in my mind...

 

New York City, May 18, 2011

 

“He who profits by a crime commits it” —Seneca

 

I took this photo while walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, not really knowing what I was going to capture along the way.

 

I would see an suspecting victim and then shoot from the hip. This is one of the shots that I liked most. Made me feel like I had arrived before Wee Gee had to, before all the blood and guts were spewed all over the hard city streets. I felt like I had captured crime in the making.

 

Or at least that's what my wild imagination made me feel...

 

Life is simply a little more exciting when you let your imagination tell the story. I've got three young boys, so I am reminded that kids do it all the time. Its a shame that we tend to lose that as adults.

 

Don't be afraid to use your imagination today. It can help sustain you through another boring one. God knows life in a cube can be awfully monotonous.

 

True crime writer Jack Olsen once commented in Esquire magazine about the alleged fabrications in Truman Capote's runaway bestseller In Cold Blood:

 

"I recognized it as a work of art, but I know fakery when I see it," Olsen said. "Capote completely fabricated quotes and whole scenes... The book made something like $6 million in 1960s money, and nobody wanted to discuss anything wrong with a moneymaker like that in the publishing business."

 

Capote replied, "Jack Olsen is just jealous."

 

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“I hate this "crime doesn't pay" stuff. Crime in the United States is perhaps one of the biggest businesses in the world today.” —Peter Kirk

  

© Lorenzo Domínguez, All rights reserved, 2010.

 

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Taken on September 26, 2010