They must be tourists

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    Let's face it: New Yorkers don't walk around the city wearing a t-shirt that proclaims how much they love where they live. Well, maybe one passionate individual might do so -- but not a pink t-shirt, for goodness sake! And here we have two such people, marching along in their t-shirts, at the southwestern corner of Columbus Avenue and 72nd Street...

    Thus, they must be tourists -- and God bless 'em, I hope they spent oodles of money to help keep our economy afloat...

    Note: even though the girls, and this photo, have nothing at all to do with Times Square, the photo was published in a Jul 26, 2009 blog titled "Avoiding Times Square." I guess that's called "artistic license" ... In addition, a cropped version of the photo was published in an Aug 13, 2009 blog titled "Travel Gear Then and Now." And it was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "Whatever It Takes T-Shirts," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-whatever-it-takes-t-shirts. More recently, it was published in a Nov 13, 2009 blog titled "10 Ways To Spot An American Tourist," as well as a Nov 16, 2009 blog titled "Textildruck mit Städtenamen." And it was published in a Dec 15, 2009 blog titled "How To Shop On A Budget in New York."

    Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2010 blog titled "Ventajas de no parecer un turista al momento de comprar." And it was published in a Feb 16, 2010 Travel Fitness blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Mar 10, 2010 blog titled "Travel Packing List Part 2 – Clothing." And it was published in a Mar 29, 2010 Gadling blog titled "How not to be a traveling target." It was also published in an Apr 13, 2010 blog titled "Shopping tips for the budget traveler." It was also published in a June 2, 2010 Daily Forex News blog and a Jun 9, 2010 Forex Trading EA blog, and a Jul 7, 2010 "Latest 'Forex News' News blog", with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jun 22, 2010 blog titled "I ♥ NY T-Shirt." It was also published in an Aug 20, 2010 blog titled "17 things travelers need to know this month." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "ニューヨークのお買物ガイド." It was also published in an Oct 13, 2010 blog titled "Come fare shopping a New York senza spendere un capitale." And it was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) blog titled "Forex News – Why Most Traders Use it in the Wrong Way and Lose!" It was also published in a Nov 19, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: Where can I find a foreign exchange?? And it was published in a Nov 24, 2010 blog titled "Forget Black Friday, Can 15 Fashion Addicts Give Up Shopping for a Year?" It was also published in a Dec 4, 2010 blog titled "Global Forex Trading – What is so Appealing About This Forex Opportunity?" And it was published in a Dec 6, 2010 blog titled "What is the best forex robot available and do you recommend?" and a Dec 8, 2010 blog titled Three Very Important Forex Trading Tips for Newbies," as well as a Dec 10, 2010 blog titled "Global Forex Trading – Lesser Known Facts That Can Lead To Your Personal Wealth." It was also published in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) blog titled "Comments on Forex Trading Account Sizes, Lots and Margin Calls."

    Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 issue of The Huffington Post, in a blog titled "7 Countries With The Worst Dressed Tourists (PHOTOS)." It was also published in a Jan 22, 2011 blog titled "Which areas in the USA has most people trading Forex? I can’t find any info on this anywhere!?" It was also published in an undated (early Feb 2011) blog titled "Dreaming Big Pips With a Forex Robot." And it was published in an Apr 9, 2011 blog titled "Touristism NYC 2011." It was also published in a Sep 30, 2011 blog titled "The Brass Sitdown: How To Travel, With Staffer Jane," as well as a Sep 30, 2011 Girls Clothes Images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 6, 2011 Gawker blog titled "NYC Tourist Pro Tip: Don’t Let Anyone ‘Borrow’ Your Credit Card." And it was published in a Dec 25, 2011 blog titled "Celebrity fashion: Emmy’s best and worst dressed."

    Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 28, 2012 blog titled "Am I at a healthy weight? How can I lose weight? Fitness tips?" It was also published in a Mar 22, 2012 blog titled "When Do You Really Become a New Yorker?" And to was published in a Jun 4, 2012 blog titled "Tourists Are to Thank for Manhattan's Current Retail Boom." It was also published in an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "Winning In The Forex Market Requires Excellent Knowledge." And for some mysterious reason, the photo was published in a Sep 12, 2012 blog with the bizarre title of "is there actually any bloody forex trading robots that work on the intercrap!!!?"

    Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 8, 2014 blog titled 22 People Who Are Living The Dream


    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.

    karen_2020, Aniket S, hideyor, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. DitMartian 69 months ago | reply

      I had the nicest little chat the other day with a designer, whom at first I thought was visiting - due to her comments about "loving new york" and then she corrected me - noting that every now and then she renews her adoration for this city and is repeatedly amazed how much she feels passion for our grand metropolis.

      I concurred, relating there are SO MANY moments when I think and even sometimes say aloud just HOW MUCH I ADORE this city. *tearing*

      There are MANY fabulous cities in the world in which the inhabitants truly adore their home,

      New York City is surely at the top of the list in terms of proportion of passion.

      Gawd this city is so fricking great.



      appreciate your commentary above, btw
      and THANK YOU for NOT exploiting homeless people & and for being considerate of their feelings !


    2. DitMartian 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bad Fashion, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Ed Yourdon 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks -- glad you enjoyed this one. I hope you get a chance to look at all of the other photos in this album entitled "peeps in the 'hood" -- covers a fairly wide range of people and scenes on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. And there are a bunch of other album/sets of various events/activities in NYC, going all the way back to 1969, which you can see by looking at an overview of my sets at


    4. karen_2020 69 months ago | reply

      heh, the title is perfect!!

    5. Ed Yourdon 69 months ago | reply

      Karen -- thanks, glad you enjoyed it...

    6. Aniket S 65 months ago | reply

      Not everyone lives in NYC
      : ]

    7. Ed Yourdon 65 months ago | reply


      I know that not everyone lives in NYC -- just as not everyone lives in your city (wherever that may be). The question is: how do you recognize a tourist/visitor to your city? In our case, it's often because they wear t-shirts that proclaim their sudden devotion to our city. Perhaps it's something different in your city -- if so, take a picture, post it on Flickr, and let me know!

      Ed Yourdon

    8. Aniket S 63 months ago | reply

      Oh.. yes.. native Solapur people can identify some of the tourists in Solapur. Mostly through what the tourists wear, and how they talk. Most of them get camoflagued and are difficult to identify as tourists, and that's smart sometimes, I think. But still, some of them can be spotted to be tourists. For example, Gujaratis--they come in their bright-coloured dresses and with a lot of make-up.

      There must be more examples, I'll try to take some pictures...

      I wonder if the Gujaratis would get embarrassed if they realize that they are not looking so good (and smart) in that locality.

      Your photostream is amazing! The descriptions add to it. Keep them coming.

    9. Ed Yourdon 63 months ago | reply

      Thanks -- glad you're enjoying them. I doubt that I'll have any new pictures today, but I'm flying to Vail (in the Colorado mountains) tomorrow to attend the wedding of a friend's son, and hope to get some nice photos while I'm there.


      P.S. I would enjoy seeing your pictures of Gujaratis if you take any...

    10. carla.guerreiro 63 months ago | reply

      OMG..this capture its amazing... good moment and very hilarious..ahaha!! made me laught :D

    11. Ed Yourdon 63 months ago | reply


      Thanks -- glad you enjoyed it!


    12. forexhug 43 months ago | reply

      cute girls both are cuty

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