You keep talking Mom, I'll write it all down...
Mother and daughter, on the northeast corner of Broadway & 87th St. The building behind them is actually the "Montana" apartment building, where I lived from 1998 to 2006.
Note: this photo was published in a Dec 10, 2009 blog titled "You Sound Just Like Your Mom (Really)." It was also published in an Apr 15, 2010 blog titled "Parents Working At Home Hurts Kids." And it was published in an Apr 20, 2010 blog titled "Is Working at Home Bad Parenting?" It was also published in a Nov 21, 2010 blog titled "Work At Home Moms."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2012 "Mag for Women" blog titled "Women Are Better At Multitasking. Find Out Why?" It was also published in a Feb 10, 2012 blog titled "Four Apps That a Mom Can’t Live Without." And it was published in an Aug 3, 2012 blog titled "Mama Drama: Interventions for Interrupters," as well as an Aug 8,2012 blog titled "RUn Your Household Like a CEO."
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.