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Romance isn't just for teenagers...

I love scenes like this, perhaps because I don't see them as often as I'd like to. Obviously, you can see teenagers and young adults holding hands, hugging, or smooching one another in public places ... but you don't often see a couple like this, who have probably spent 50 years or more with each other -- and who apparently still walk down the street holding hands...

 

This was taken on Broadway, near 89th Street, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

 

Note: this photo was published a couple days after I took it, in a Feb 14, 2009 blog entitled "How to Keep Romance Alive." It was subsequently published in an Oct 22, 2009 German blog titled "Alterszeit."

 

Moving into 2010, it was published in a "Big Day Plunge" (wedding) blog post titled "Take a walk together." And it was published in a Jan 16, 2010 blog titled "Wishes for Sweeping Romance." It was also published in an undated (Feb 2010) "Regroupement des Aidantes et Aidants Naturel(le)s de Montréal" blog posting titled "Crédits photos." And it was published in a Feb 24, 2010 blog titled "Top 5 Ways To Make A Relationship Last—The Hard Ones!" It was also published in an Apr 26, 2010 blog as an illustration of a poem titled It's So Much More." And it was published in a May 31, 2010 blog titled "Joyful Blessings Days: Intergenerational Gratitude Experiences." It was also published in a June 1, 2010 blog titled "The Death of a Romantic," and a Jun 6, 2010 Dating Tips blog titled "Cool 'Romance' Images." And it was published in a Jun 24, 2010 Online Dating Finder blog, with the same title as the caption I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a rather strange Jul 7, 2010 Dating Tips blog titled "What say One Piece 'Romance'?" It was also published in an undated (Sep 2010) blog titled "Natural Remedies for Arthritis." And it was published in an undated (Oct 2010) blog titled "Arthritis Remedies and Natural Treatments to Reduce Pain and Inflammation." It was also published in a Dec 16, 2010 blog titled "Having A Hand To Hold While Traveling," and it was republished on Jan 1, 2011 with the same title.

 

In 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2011 MSN Dating News blog, with the same title as the caption that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 6, 2011 blog titled "Crédits photos." And it was published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "Natural Remedies for Arthritis." It was also published in Feb 14, 2011 blog titled simply "Romance." And it was published in a Feb 16, 2011 blog titled "Online Dating Sites Most Popular Among Baby Boomers." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2011 blog titled "Over fifty Dating – Baby Boomers Finding Love – It’s Easier Than You Assume!" And it was published in an Aug 20, 2011 blog titled "Ten Pieces of Inspiration #33" It was also published in a Sep 8, 2011 blog titled "Guidelines For The Management Of Side Effects In Older Myeloma Patients – Part 3: Revlimid-Related Side Effects." And it was published in a Sep 28, 2011 blog titled "Q&a: First Date After Meeting Online?" It was also published in a Nov 4, 2011 Schöne Online Dating Photos blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it appears as part of the title/banner in a blog titled Caring for Aging Parents. It was also published in a Dec 19, 2011 blog titled "One Step Closer to Beating Old Age."

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Feb 2012) MagForWomen blog titled "8 Valentines Gifts for Parents." It was also published in a Feb 19, 2012 "Find True Love blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Mar 1, 2012 blog titled "How Americans Are Planning for Their Biggest Financial Challenge - Living Too Long." It was also published in an Apr 17, 2012 blog titled "Love Is Good for Your Heart." And it was published in a May 18, 2012 blog titled "Kemik Erimesi Diye Bir Hastalık Yoktur." It was also published in a Jul 9, 2012 blog titled "Planning for Old Age: You Need to Do More Than Save Money." And it was published in a Jul 20, 2012 blog titled" Writing Poetry Online," as well as a Jul 31, 2012 blog titled "Top 10 best U.S. cities to grow old in." It was also published in an Aug 3, 2012 blog titled "Jon and Leslie Brain Buster Trivia Answer 8/3." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2012 Atlantic blog titled "Does Who You See on the Street Determine How Long You'll Live?" It was also published in an undated (late Oct 2012) blog titled "The Question You Should Avoid Asking On A First Date," as well as an Oct 29, 2012 blog titled "Retirement, vagabonding style." And it was published in a Dec 2, 2012 blog titled "Can somebody PLEASE help me find out what this song is?" It was also published in a Dec 14, 2012 blog titled "3 Astuces Pour Obtenir Un Rachat De Crédits Pas Cher."

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 1, 2013 blog titled "How The Memory Works In Learning." And it was published in a Jan 15, 2013 blog titled "how can i promote my website for free to receive alot of traffic?" It was also published in a Feb 7, 2013 blog titled "Starwood And Delta Air Lines Announce 'Crossover Rewards,' Joint Loyalty Program Benefits." And it was published in a Feb 4, 2013 blog titled "Net Worth TV presents 4 Ways Retirement isn’t Retired Anymore," as well as a Nov 13, 2013 PBS blog titled "What If You Outlive Your Savings? How to Close the Retirement Income Gap"

 

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: 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.

 

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, 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.

 

Thus far, I've generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless 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 February 11, 2009