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Naughty tricks #1

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This young woman was handing out leaflets of some kind outside the entrance to the 72nd St. subway station, on the north side of Broadway & 72nd St.


It's common to see people handing out leaflets, asking people to sign petitions for political candidates, and soliciting contributions for various worthy causes. But they're not usually dressed in this kind of outfit, and they tend to look a lot more serious and concerned.


At first, I thought she was handing out flyers advertising a local bar, a strip club, or perhaps an off-Broadway musical of some kind. But if you look closely at the small part of the flyer that's visible, it seems to be the same "parking" advertisement being handed out by the young man a block away -- on the corner of 73rd and Broadway...


Two days later, this sweet (naughty chick) young thing was replaced by a clean-cut young man, standing in approximately the same position, handling out the same damn flyer. See this picture for details... (And roughly a week later, she was handing out the same flyer at the north entrance of the same subway stop; see this picture for details.)


Note: this photo was published in a Mar 31, 2009 blog entitled "Consejos Prácticos." It was also published as an illustration in an undated (Nov 2009) Mahalo blog titled "Whatever It Takes T-Shirts," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-whatever-dash-it-dash-takes-dash-t-dash-shirts


Moving into 2010, the photo was published as an illustration in an undated (Jan 2010) blog titled "Seventieth Street Playground in New York County, NY." It was also published in an undated (Mar 2010) Wordnik blog, on the page titled "Naughty."


Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 4, 2011 "Nice How To Ask Out A Girl photos" blog, with the same title and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.




This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: 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.


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.


For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, homeless people, and crazy 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 July 7, 2008