Times Square Adventure

Times Square Adventure

As there are so many Italy posts I have left to do, I figured I’d break them up with a NYC post every week.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Times Square is an introvert’s nightmare, so you can imagine my dismay when I had to go there to exchange something.  I had bought a Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but I didn’t care for it (it felt like I was rubbing spackle into my face) so I wanted to exchange it for the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (I can’t help but giggle at the name even though I heard it’s pronounced as “boom boom” or something like that). On a side note, I also bought a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color and that is amazing.  Anyway, I had to go to the Times Square location because the one I normally go to in Union Square closes at 9:00.  I usually get home from work at 7:00 and by the time I finish eating and actually get to Union Square, the place is closing.  I figured that I’d just exchange the moisturizer, take a few pictures and be out of there in 30 minutes tops.  I thought it wouldn’t be so bad for such a short trip.  No, just no.  I did get some nice street style shots but the whole thing reminded me of why I stopped doing street photography in the first place.  Even though you don’t necessarily interact with people, it’s just way too much people contact.

I was waiting for the F train when I spotted this scene across the platform.  When I was into street photography, a few photographer friends and I started a group on Flickr called Five Fall Into Adventure.  Once or twice a year we have this thing called Photingo, which is basically photography bingo.  All of the members get their own Photingo card with different topics.  This time around it’s a little different because every picture has to contain at least one person in a public environment.  One of my topics was “juxtaposition” and I felt that this would be a good choice.  I’m still deciding on whether to submit it or not.

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, Delancey St., NYC, Sony, subway

I got off the F train at Bryant Park and snapped this shot right outside of the train station.  I really like how this picture caught the steam from the food cart.  I really missed having my a7Rii and I’m really glad that I have it back now.35mm, a7Rii, black and white, food cart, night photography, NYC, Sony, steam

I’m not sure if this was an exhibit that’s being taken down, an exhibit in the process of being put up, or if this alone is the exhibit. I wonder how you get in to see it.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate most art.  I still prefer Seurat, Manet, etc., but can also enjoy something like this.  35mm, a7Rii, art, color, graffiti, NYC, Sony, train

Taking pictures in Times Square is always difficult because of the massive crowds.  I was going for a picture of the man in the back on whatever it is that he’s riding, but when I got home and looked at the picture on my computer, I couldn’t help but laugh at the look of amazement on the face of the woman on the left of the picture.  I wonder what she saw that made her look so surprised.

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, night photography, NYC, revolving doors, Sephora, Sony, street photography

Selfie sticks are pretty handy but I’m just not sure I could ever use one in public.  35mm, a7Rii, black and white, cigarette, DSLR, night photography, NYC, selfie stick, Sony, street photography, sunglasses

This is pretty much the look on my face whenever I have to be around large groups of people.  The noise and people everywhere you turn just does my head in.

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, night photography, NYC, RBF, small dog, Sony, street photography

By this point I had had enough of the chaos of Times Square and decided to head back home.

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, cell phone, night photography, NYC, sitting, Sony, street photography, street vendor, Times Square

I always try to get a shot of this sculpture whenever I pass by.  I kind of like this angle.  There were a lot of people in this little area, sitting on benches and enjoying the beautiful weather.

35mm, a7Rii, art, color, night photography, NYC, Sony

I arrived back at the Delancey St. station, glad to be away from Times Square.

So that’s the end of the street pictures.  Not just for this post.  Permanently.  (Well, except for a few of the Italy posts that are coming up.)  It just doesn’t appeal to me.  I find pictures of travel, food, etc. much more enjoyable.

35mm, a7Rii, bench, black and white, cell phone, gate, NYC, skateboard, Sony, subway, train station


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