This was taken at the intersection of Broadway and 97th Street, in NYC.
From the shadows, you can probably tell that this photo was taken in the middle of the day. The sun was behind me when I took the photograph, which meant that everyone walking toward me had the sun in their face; so it was not at all unusual that this woman was looking down at the ground, and thus was fairly oblivious to the fact that I had a camera pointed in her direction.
As is always the case when I’m wandering around my neighborhood, I was looking for interesting scenes, unusual people, or anything that might be considered photogenic. In this case, it was the multicolored hair on this otherwise-conservatively-dressed woman…
But now I’m thinking that perhaps she wasn’t so conservative after all. Though I did not notice it when I took the photo, I think she is sporting a nose ring and a lip-ring…
And what’s that in her left hand? Maybe she is Wolverine’s long-lost sister, from the ‘X-Men"?
Note: I chose this as my "photo of the day" for Dec 18, 2015.
This is a continuation of a Flickr set that I started in the summer of 2009, and continued in 2010 (in this Flickr set), 2011 (in this Flickr set), 2012 (in this Flickr set), and 2013 (in this Flickr set). As I noted in those earlier sets of photos, I still have many parts of New York City left to explore — but I’ve also realized that I don’t always have to go looking elsewhere for interesting photographs. Some of it is available just outside my front door.
I live on a street corner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where there’s an express stop on the IRT subway line, as well as a crosstown bus stop, an entrance to the West Side Highway, and the usual range of banks, delis, grocery stores, mobile-phone stores, drug-stores, McDonald’s, Two Boots Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Subway, 7-11, and other commercial enterprises. As a result, there are lots of interesting people moving past my apartment building, all day and all night long.
It’s easy to find an unobtrusive spot on the edge of the median strip separating the east side of Broadway from the west side; nobody pays any attention to me as they cross the street from east to west, and nobody even looks in my direction as they cross from north to south (or vice versa). In rainy weather, sometimes I huddle under an awning of the T-Mobile phone store on the corner, so I can take pictures of people under their umbrellas, without getting my camera and myself soaking wet…
So, these are some of the people I thought were photo-worthy during the past few weeks and months; I’ll add more to the collection as the year progresses … unless, of course, other parts of New York City turn out to be more compelling from time to time.
Posted by Ed Yourdon on 2015-12-18 01:49:27
Tagged: , Upper West Side , peeps , hood , Manhattan , Broadway , New York , cellphone , iPhone , fingernails , red hair , blue hair