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We make a good team...

This was taken on the east side of Broadway, between 87th and 88th Street.


The woman had her arm on the man's shoulder all the way up the block, chatting away while he pushed a stroller in front of him. I couldn't hear what they were talking about, but they did indeed look like they were a very good team.


Note: this photo was published in a Jan 14, 2010 blog titled "Twelve Reasons to Hire A Divorce Consultant." And it was published in a Jan 22, 2010 blog titled "Connections Through Communication: Four Simple Steps to Immediately Improve Dialogue."


Moving into 2012 (what happened to 2011?), the photo was published in a Nov 16, 2012 blog titled "Ask Rene: I Need HELP From My Husband!"




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 September 8, 2008