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Me sad. Very sad. | by Ed Yourdon
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Me sad. Very sad.

Broadway malls, Jun 2008 - 112


This was on the south side of 84th Street, taken from the east side of Broadway, heading north. This young woman appears to be the babysitter in charge of three small kids, one of whom was clearly feeling very sad. The babysitter was trying to console her, while also dealing with the baby's sandal, which had come off her left foot...


Note: this photo was published in a Jan 21, 2011 blog titled "State auditor critical of Marin, Sacramento family courts." It was also published in a Mar 2011 "Gotham Gazette" blog titled "Spending Cuts Could Threaten Women's Progress." And it was published in an Apr 11,2011 blog titled "25 Reasons To Be Absolutely Disgusted With The U.S. Economy," as well as an Apr 18, 2011 blog titled "35 Facts That Show Just How Much The Average American Has Been Destroyed By This Economy." It was also published in a May 19, 2011 blog titled "Trabajar de canguro en el extranjero." And it was published in a Jul 1, 2011 blog titled "Immigration status may block up to 220,000 kids from health coverage." It was also published in a Jul 25, 2011 blog titled "BROKE: 10 Facts About The Financial Condition Of American Families That Will Blow Your Mind." It was also published in an Aug 16, 2011 blog titled "Credit is Cheap, Why Aren’t You Borrowing Money?" And it was published in a Sep 28, 2011 blog titled "17 Ways American Families Are Getting Pulverized By This Economy." It was also published in an Oct 13, 2011 blog titled "Study: Immigration puts pressure on African Americans."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Mar 2, 2012 blog titled "USC: Diversity may be peaking in S. Calif.."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Feb 2, 2013 blog titled "セミナー】GET Regular「ダイバーシティとリーダーシップ」."


Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 11, 2014 blog titled "Dzieci ratunkiem na raka. Kolejne narodziny zmniejszają ryzyko wystąpienia nowotworu." And it was published in an Apr 29, 2014 blog titled "423,000 Single Parents Face New Benefit Sanctions Threat."




In late June, I spent three afternoons walking up and down Broadway, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, from 72nd Street to Columbia University at 115th Street. My objective was to photograph the variety of people sitting on park benches along what is formally known as the "Broadway malls" -- ie., benches located on the north side and south side of the median strip that separates the uptown side of Broadway from the downtown side.


Since my travels did encompass three separate days, I saw an even wider variety than I might have seen on a single afternoon; on the other hand, the pictures all reflect a single season. At Toni's suggestion, I'm going to make a similar photo-journal in the fall, winter, and spring -- to see if there are entirely different people, or whether it's basically the same people, but wearing different clothes...


In any case, on this occasion I saw young and old, black and white, men and women, rich and poor -- students, children, retired people, widows, widowers, homeless people, construction workers, babysitters, and tourists. As is common in today's society, a remarkable number of them were chatting on cellphones; but it was refreshing to see that many of them were chatting with each other. It was also a little sad to see several people sitting alone, with a wistful, melancholy look on their face.


Most of the park benches were occupied, though a few were empty. Most of the empty benches were fairly uninteresting, but a few looked sufficiently inviting that I felt they deserved a photo of their own.


For the most part, I ignored the photo opportunities that I saw on the sidewalk as I strolled along. But there were two major exceptions, as you'll see midway through this collection: a young man with a bubble-making gadget, blowing the largest soap-bubbles I have ever seen; and a chess game between two middle-aged men. I also photographed a few of the street signs along the way -- actually, I photographed *every* street sign, so that I could identify (and geotag) the location of all the other photographs.


I must have looked fairly serious as I went about my picture-taking activities, for three different people asked me if I was a photographer; and two different people asked me if I liked the Nikon D300 that I was using. As for the subjects of the pictures: most didn't even realize I was photographing them, for I took advantage of a long telephoto lens to shoot them from afar. But a few did notice, and I got a couple of smiles and scowls. If any of them do happen to stumble upon the Flickr site where these pictures will live, I hope they'll feel I've treated them kindly... I love them all ...

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Taken on June 27, 2008