Got my netbook. Got my coffee. This is my office. I'm happy
Note: this photo was published in a Jun 16, 2009 Lifehacker blog article titled "Master the Art of Web Commuting." It was also published in the Japanese edition of the same Lifehacker blog, with a title of "１日３分からの英語勉強法." And it was published in an Aug 28, 2009 blog titled "Free WiFi All Over Arlington." More recently, it was published in a Sep 28, 2009 Swedish blog titled "Mobilt bredband kan bli dyrt i paket." And it was published in a Dec 8, 2009 blog titled " It Ain’t Your Grandfathers Marketing Strategy."
More recently, the photo was published in a Feb 7, 2011 blog titled "Vill du vara med?" I have no idea what that means, but I'm sure it's good stuff. And it was published in an Oct 2011 Romanian blog titled "Cele mai utile site-uri de truism."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Sep 2012) blog titled "Will Free Shipping Day Rival Cyber Monday Sales?" And it was published in an undated (early Dec 2012) blog titled "Take the Internet with You Using Mobile Broadband."
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in an Oct 27, 2014 blog titled "10 Dumb Money Mistakes To Stop Making Today."
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.