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Old woman | by Ed Yourdon
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Old woman

This was taken on Broadway, between 79th and 80th St. This woman walked along slowly but steadily, seemingly unperturbed by the heat and humidity.


This picture was published in an Aug 24, 2008 blog article entitled "Aging: May I Please Get Off This Path Now?." It was also published as part of a 2008 music video entitled "One World." And it was published in a Jun 7, 2008 blog titled "Involuntary Redistribution of Assets." More recently, it was published in a May 11, 2009 blog titled "Genopretning af den kommunale ældrepleje," which was republished in an undated (mid-Feb 2011) Danish blog with the same title.


A cropped version of this photo was published in a Jan 4, 2011 blog titled "Alzheimer patiënten met bejaardenchip?" The photo was also published in an Apr 11, 2011 blog titled Monday, woman = invisible. And it was published in a Jun 20, 2011 blog titled "Shore of Lake Sinoe."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jun 18, 2012 blog titled "Frailty isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging." And it was published in a Dec 9, 2012 blog titled "Older Adults May be More Prone to Fall for Scams and Schemes."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Feb 10, 2013 blog titled "The National Curriculum Consultation – an ode to Auntie Maud."




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, drunks, 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 18, 2008