There's pregnant ... and then there's *really* pregnant

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    This woman had just gotten out of a taxi, on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Street, and was waiting for the traffic light to change so that she could walk across the street.

    Note: this photo was published in an Aug 6, 2009 blog titled " Enjoying Pregnancy." It was also published as an illustration in an undated (Nov 2009) blog titled "Women and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome."

    Moving into 2010, it was published as an illustration in an undated (Jan 2010) Squidoo blog titled "Difficulty in ovulation." And it was published as an illustration in an undated (Jan 2010) blog titled "Seventieth Street Playground in New York County, NY." It was also published in a Jan 26, 2010 blog titled "How to Get Pregnant Faster – Top Ten Tips." It was also published in an undated (Feb 2010) The Pregnancy Health blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Mar 1, 2010 "Order the Pill" blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Apr 8, 2010 blog titled "Cómo lidiar con las citas médicas si trabajas y estás embarazada." And it was published in a May 16, 2010 blog titled "Hospital Closure Turns NYC Home Birth Midwives Into Outlaws." It was also published in a May 29, 2010 Italian blog titled "Avere un bambino: meglio tardi che mai." And it was published in an undated (Jun 2010) blog titled "Sancionadas 10 empresas murcianas por no proteger a sus embarazadas." It was also published in a Sep 2, 2010 blog titled "Lastest (sic) How To Get Pregnant Faster News." And it was published in an Oct 22, 2010 blog titled "Pregnant - and Dating?" It was also published in a Dec 20, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: Can I take a my birth control pills out of order?"

    Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 blog titled "Top 4 Healthy Pregnancy Tips." And it was published in a Feb 1, 2011 blog titled " Season Of Conception Tied To Birth Defect Risk." It was also published in a Mar 9, 2011 blog titled "Pregnant – I just want to get fat."

    Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Feb 2012) blog titled "はじめ ." It was also published in an Apr 6, 2012 blog titled "Here's Why Employers Can Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women." And it was published in a Sep 4, 2012 blog titled "While pregnant, traffic pollution near home raises risk for preeclampsia."

    Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Sep 9, 2013 blog titled "Breathing the 405: Serious Health Risks from LA Traffic."


    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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    1. Jude's Jewels 57 months ago | reply

      I have no idea how long before she's due but the baby hasn't even dropped here so it might be a while still. I love that nice round tummy. I think other women find one who's pregnant really beautiful - more so than men do (except maybe the proud father).

      My pregnancies were sure different than most women. I ate like a horse but gained little weight. For all 3, I only gained about 5 lbs!! Yet, my first baby was 8 lb 2 oz! I lost weight on other parts of my body & my stomach was so hard as it was only skin, uterus & baby (as my doctor said). It wasn't ever a proper round stomach but had a kidney bean shape to it due to the way the baby was curled up. Me, I thought this was normal till I learned later that's NOT how a pregnancy usualy is. All were strapping good sized healthy boys too.

    2. Ed Yourdon 57 months ago | reply

      What struck me most, in this case, was the relatively elegant dress that the woman was wearing. I don't know if it's considered elegant or stylish, but it certainly seemed like a fairly "fancy" dress to be wearing in the middle of the day (well, mid-afternoon). I've photographed a few other pregnant women during the course of the summer, and they all seem to be wearing very light, simple dresses -- presumably to cope with the heat.

      This one is fairly badly focused, but it was a "hip shot" - I didn't even have time to raise the camera viewfinder to my eye before she started crossing the street...

    3. Jude's Jewels 57 months ago | reply

      The choice of dress is unusual, especially since she has very casual flats on & a halter top under the dress (trust me - I'm female). The dress isn't even a maternity dress either since the hem is very high in the front. Don't you wish you could ask her why she chose it. I'm always trying to figure out what makes people think (or in some cases, don't think).

    4. Ed Yourdon 57 months ago | reply

      Well, I wouldn't have grasped the significance of the sandals and halter top, but I did think the dress was a bit odd. I'm not sure I would have asked her why she chose the dress, but I would like to have known a little more about her life, in general. But we New Yorkers are usually pretty careful not to intrude on one another's personal lives...

    5. CountryClinic 40 months ago | reply I used this photo for my blog.

      Thank you for sharing your photos.
      Dr. Avery N. Martin, B.S., D.C

    6. Ed Yourdon 40 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know.

    7. garfield H 10 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture
      I like you commentary on how you engage your subject matter.

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