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This was taken on the southwest corner of Broadway and 96th Street. I took half a dozen quick "hip shots", because I was standing fairly close to them, and didn't want them to notice me as I photographed them. While this was the best of the collection, unfortunately I inadvertently cut off part of their shoes.

 

Note: this photo was published in a Sep 6, 2009 blog titled "Homo Junkiens."

 

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2010 blog titled "Childhood Obesity Statistics." And it was published in a Jan 26, 2010 blog titled "Michelle Obama targets childhood obesity." It was also published in a Mar 10, 2010 blog titled "Hallan nuevas alteraciones de la diabetes tipo 2 en jóvenes." And it was published in an undated (Mar 2010) all-about-obesity-dot-com blog , with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated blog titled "Childhood Obesity Statistics 2009: Images." And it was published in an Apr 13, 2010 blog titled "The Problem With Our War on Obesity." It was also published in an undated (Apr 2010) Squidoo blog titled "Adrenal Fatigue Diet," and an undated (Jul 2010) BennyHollywood blog titled "A Picture is Worth… In 1991 The Fattest US States Were As Thin As The Leanest in 2009." It was also published in a Sep 3, 2010 blog titled "Digital Camera Battery Tips." And it was published in a Sep 27, 2010 blog titled "Deutschland ist zu dick."

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Feb 13, 2011 blog titled "Childhood Obesity Statistics." It was also published in an Apr 5, 2011 blog titled "Arizona proposes fee for obese or smoking Medicaid recipients." It was also published in an Apr 28, 2011 blog titled "If You See Overweight People Will You Eat More?" And it was published in a Jul 2, 2011 blog titled "Según el informe Aladino 2011 la obesidad aumenta entre los niños españoles," as well as a Jul 6, 2011 blog titled "Diabetes: Getting Worse Every Day in Every Way." It was also published in an Aug 10, 2011 blog titled "Why There’s More Money in Maintaining the Obesity Crisis Than Ending It." And it was published in an Oct 5, 2011 blog titled "Is a ‘fat tax’ the answer to Australia’s obesity crisis?", as well as an Oct 13, 2011 blog titled "La obesidad infantil y sus consecuencias INTRODUCCION." It was also published in an Oct 14, 2011 blog titled "Desarrollo." And it was published in an Oct 16, 2011 blog titled "Problemas acarreados por la obesidad: Obesidad Infantil y sue consecuencias." It was also published in a Dec 16, 2011 blog titled "Childhood Obesity Rates Drop, But Disparities Remain."

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2012) blog titled "How Does Obesity Cause Diabetes?" It was also published in a Jan 17, 2012 blog titled "Quitting Smoking Among Adults: United States 2001-2010" And it was published in a Feb 15, 2012 blog titled "School Furniture Manufacturers Are Now Making Larger Desk Chairs For Fat Students." It was also published in a Mar 15, 2012 blog titled "Is It Counter Productive That the Whitehouse Wants to Fund the New?", as well as an Apr 15, 2012 blog titled "How to Prevent Childhood Obesity?" It was also published in a Jun 8, 2012 blog titled "Science, Evolutionary Biology, And Simple Economics Say Bloomberg's Soda Ban Is Right." And it was published in an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "17 Things That Make You Dumber." It was also published in a Sep 21, 2012 blog titled "Additivi nella plastica? Il Bisfenolo A promuove l'obesità." And it was published in a Sep 26, 2012 blog titled "Childhood Obesity and Soda: Science Says It's A Problem, Soda Companies Say It's Not." It was also published in an Oct 29, 2012 blog titled "Why God Hates New York." And a severely cropped version of the photo was published in a Dec 7, 2012 blog titled "Should fat make the grade on report cards?"

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 24, 2013 blog titled "Overweight and Obese People Need More Fat-Soluble Vitamins - Part 1 of 2." And it was published ina Feb 8, 2013 blog titled "Is it OK to make fun of overweight people?" It was also published in a Feb 22, 2013 blog titled "Dear Junk Food: We Love You, But You’re Bringing Us Down." And it was published in an undated (late June 2013) blog titled "24 Uplifting Short Hairstyles For Fat Women." Note: A cropped version of the photo was published in a blog titled "STUDY: 'Fat shaming' increases chance of becoming obese." It was also published in an Aug 16, 2013 blog titled "Obesity in America Is Three Times More Deadly Than We Thought."

 

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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 August 23, 2009