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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Folk Singers, in the Village

Folk Song, Washington Sq Park
Photo by myself in Washington Square Park.

A group of what looked like good friends or acquaintances shared folk songs this weekend. Seeing and listening to this crew made me wonder if New York of the 70s was anything similar.

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I'm glad you all enjoy the portraits of people I run into on the street. I should clarify that these are portraits of 'actual' New Yorkers, not 'real' ones. No one is any more or less 'New York' than anyone else. My bad!

What does it mean to be 'a New Yorker', anyway? It's impossible to classify people because there are always exceptions. But you could say that those who live in New York share certain things, like living in a large city packed with different cultures, religions and walks of life. We experience/tolerate/survive the sidewalks, the subway and city living every day.

For more generalities about New Yorkers, how are these: we work too hard, pay too much in rent, don't save enough money, enjoy a wide variety of ethnic foods, walk fast, don't smile enough, own a disproportionate amount of dark clothing and treat the subway as a part of our homes.

About me - I lived on the Upper West Side for ten years and have been in Brooklyn for the last few. I certainly don't know everything about this place, but I do proudly call it home.

Related posts: All That Jazz, Don't Stop the Music, on the Upper West Side and Performing Free, in Bryant Park.

8 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime cette photo, on a envie de s'assoir avec eux et ecouter leur musique

WTakeuchi said...

Hi Kitty! I have been to NYC for only 15 days and I have felt the people just like you described. You really should be proud of this wonderful city, which now I hold in a very special place in my heart.
And keep doing the portraits. You are doing a great job. People can tell more about the city than the city itself.

Luis Gomez said...

Timeless image, gorgeous!

BANJO52 said...

Good old-fashioned hootenanny? You really make NY appealing, Kitty--in a completely urban way. It's the NY of movies and TV, but your personal stamp--especially the everyday people--makes it more real.

Tim said...

i think you would succeed better at taking pictures if you used monochrome with more reservation. Bear in mind that it always takes away from the picture, it never adds anything. Only if you need to unify the image it can be helpful, but in this photo i think it only takes away quality. More raw image is my advice.

CaT said...

cool you answered my question in your post!! :)
thanks...

ah, and not always i agree with tim :D, but this time i am curious about the color version of this pic as well....

RedPat said...

Love this shot! A lot of places looked like that in the 60s and 70s - they were friendlier times for sure.

Anonymous said...

@Banjo...I disagree. I like finding things in these B&W photos. NYC (and it's people) looks great in Monochrome. I'd like to see some of your photos. Post a link!