Photography at Grand Central Station

Photography at Grand Central Station

It has been way too cold outside lately for me to want to do street photography.  I used to love the cold weather but not anymore.  I hate hunching against an icy wind.  I hate layering and wearing heavy boots. I just am no longer a cold weather fan.  However, I was getting antsy to go out and take pictures again so I went to one of my favorite indoor places for photography, which is Grand Central Station.  I always wonder where everyone is going.  If it was a weekday they’d either be going to work or going home from work.  Although I did see a few people in suits, so they most likely were going to work.

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Whenever someone wears sunglasses indoors it immediately catches my attention.  He wasn’t hurrying.  He had a fast step but it was more determined than frantic. It wasn’t like the people you see running for trains like the scenes in the Home Alone movies where the family is running through the airport.

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Her eye makeup is amazing.  It’s like what I was going for when I was younger and into dramatic eye makeup but just managed to look like a hot mess because even today I can still only do the most basic of eye makeup looks.

 

 

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Hey, let’s give them credit.  It’s a creative spin on your typical selfie.  I wonder how the picture came out and if they kept it or trashed it.  Looking straight down is generally not a flattering angle.  Did you ever see that Golden Girls episode where Dorothy told Blanche to lean over a mirror and look at her face?  I did that once and it is kind of jarring. 😆

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I wonder if the second cup is for him or someone else?  Except for when I worked at Meijer as a cashier when I was 18, and the dance studio (even though I did handle the admin side of things), I can attest to the fact that office jobs require copious amounts of caffeine just to function. When I was younger I never understood why people would come home from work and not doing anything later in the day.  Now I know.

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I’ve always wondered why people take pictures like that when they have a front camera, but then I thought one day that it might be because the picture comes out better when you can’t see yourself, if that makes any sense.  This is why I pretty much have only two pictures that I use.  I can never, ever take a good selfie.  I’ve taken so many selfies, only to trash them all.  Not because I’m obsessed with myself (trust me), but because they never come out well.  I either have an unnatural looking smile, or my eyes look glazed over, or something.  Yet, when someone takes a picture of me, it comes out okay.  I’m guessing because I can’t see myself as the picture is being taken.  I wonder if that’s why this guy is holding his phone backwards.

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This is my favorite picture of that day.  I love how they’re looking at each other.  It doesn’t even have to be in a romantic way.  I don’t know if he was her boyfriend, but he was definitely her photographer that day.  It’s pictures like this, and like this one, that make me really enjoy street photography.  It’s all about those split second moments.

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2 Comments

  1. Mister G.C.
    March 18, 2018 / 1:41 AM

    I would love to spend a day in Grand Central Station….no make it a week….the place looks awesome in the movies. I hear you too when you talk about people coming home from work and not doing anything else for the rest of the day….I feel like that when I get out of bed :0)
    I like the guy in the shades…a bit of a cool looking dude.

    • Tina
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 1:40 PM

      In a perfect world we’d all have jobs that we enjoyed, but the sad fact is that 99% of the world does their jobs because they have to do something to survive. Finding a job that makes you happy enough not to be utterly exhausted at the end of 8 hours is more rare than spotting a unicorn.

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