Mystery man #1

Note: this photo was published in a Jan 28, 2010 blog titled, oddly enough, "Up Against The Wall Follows Commander Salamander," which is apparently about two popular establishments in Washington, DC that have announced they're shutting down. Well, whatever... It was also published in an Aug 9, 2010 blog titled "Five Ways to Steady Your Camera Without a Tripod.."

 

And it was published in an undated (late May 2011) Veezle-dot-com blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

 

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I watched this guy for quite a while, as he leaned against the brick wall of the 72nd Street subway station ... wondering if there was some way I could creep around and get a shot that would show his face. Sometimes he would turn and lean his back against the wall; but then he was looking straight at me, with a slight scowl on his face ... so I ended up with just a couple of pictures from behind, with the nice contrast of shadow and light, as well as the rich color tones...

 

It seems that the reason he was lounging around for such a long time was that he was waiting for a phone call; when his cell phone suddenly rang, he became quite animated, walking back and forth along the wall and gesturing with both arms...

 

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This is a continuation of a set that I created in 2009 (shown here ) and 2008 (shown here ) to show a variety of scenes and people in the small park known as Verdi Square, located at 72nd Street and Broadway in New York City's Upper West Side.

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Taken on January 5, 2010