I know that I say that I’m done with street photography but I am part of a street photography group on Flickr. A few friends and I started it so I will be taking street style shots from time to time. One of the other founders of the group had a genius suggestion for me when I said I was falling off street photography because I was sick of people. He suggested that instead of the people themselves, focus on their surrounding or something that they might be holding, etc.
This one day I decided to just start walking around different places in Manhattan, trying to see them with different eyes. I think I did pretty good for someone who’s getting disillusioned with street photography. My first stop was Chambers St. near City Hall. I’m really into symmetry and this shot appealed to me. I wish that part of the car hadn’t been there, but what can you do in a big, busy city.
I have to admit, walking around by myself and really looking at things was the most fun I’d had taking pictures since I was in Milan.
Street art always interests me. I can’t explain what exactly about it appeals to me, but I will go out of my way if I see something interesting painted on a wall. This applies to actual art and not tagging or random graffiti.
I guess he was just taking in the scene too. I’ve been thinking about getting a new lens for my camera. I wanted to use it for food photography but it would also come in handy in outside situations. I just miss having a lens that gives good bokeh. I miss that nicely blurred background that made the subject just pop more. This picture would have been so cool if I could have blurred the background.
It was pretty chilly that day and yet this woman was wearing a sleeveless minidress (while her boyfriend is wearing a sweater), and she didn’t even have a coat with her. I like fashion (even if I pretty much live in yoga pants, t-shirts, and sneakers) and used to dress really nicely when I was younger. However, I always dressed for the weather. Freezing your butt off is never a good look.
I just found it interesting that these two women, who didn’t even know each other, had the exact same bag. I realize that it’s probably from a store, but what are the chances that they’d be standing in the same place at the same time with the same bag?
I took this picture from the 2nd or 3rd floor of Burlington Coat Factory in Union Square. It reminded me of when I took a picture of the Duomo from a nearby store. I have a picture somewhere on my computer that was taken on the other side of Union Square when I was in Barnes & Noble.
Here’s a picture of some of the skyline. You can see the Empire State Building over to the left of the picture. The sky really was that dark that day. I had forgotten to bring my umbrella and was just hoping that it wouldn’t rain before I got home. I did have to edit out a bit of the lights from inside Burlington that were reflecting off the grass, but I think this shot came out pretty good.