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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Seen, Below Ground

Un-Candid
Photo by myself at the subway platform below 34th Street.

After a very long and stressful day at work, it was more than a little nice to listen to live music. An accordian player played tunes from Fiddler on the Roof, like 'If I were a Rich Man'.

After I took this photo, I showed the musician the image my camera. He nodded and said simply, 'That is me.'

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Incidentally, I came home Tuesday night to Mark watching Splash on television.

Yes, 'Splash', the movie from the mid-80's about a guy (a young Tom Hanks) who meets a mermaid (a young Darryl Hannah). It's so very well done and so very 80's.

It's also a great movie to watch for glimpses of New York City! There are street musicians, walks through Times Square, Central Park and the Upper West Side. Chase scenes careen through Midtown, along the East River and down lower Broadway.

Of course, the old Fulton Fish Market, which used to be located near the Brooklyn Bridge for 180 years, plays a large role in the movie.

Related posts: Seranading Crowds on the Subway Platform, Music While you Wait and On Singing Groups and the Current Vibe.

11 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime beaucoup ce portrait dans le metro, bien vu

Macria said...

Love the photo. Any movie that features NYC is a favorite if mine, the best however is the Out of Towners w/Jack Lemon.

Doreen said...

I have watched that movie a few times!! it is a fun movie. I visit your blog from time to time and have wondered how people feel about you taking pics of them? I am shy about doing that. but wish I could!!

Ken Mac said...

photoshop was created primarily to erase the humongous person in the left side of the frame. But nice shot!!

Pierre said...

nice photos of people in the surbub
*Splash. Such a great mémory.
Tom hanks and his murmaid. Cool love story

Lily Hydrangea said...

Another great portrait Kitty!

We made our son watch Splash with us this last Summer. There were some funny scenes like the one where she broke all of the TV sets with her mermaid sound.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and 'the boys'!

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier!

Hi Marcia
Oh, I think I saw the Out of Towners but I don't remember it so well? I'll have to revisit it! Thanks for the tip!

Hi Doreen
I've generally had no problem photographing people, whether they know it or not. There are so many tourists here on a daily basis, and so much going on in the street, it's probably not clear what I'm focusing on. I think most think I'm taking a photo of whatever is behind them.

The hardest part was getting over 'looking like a tourist'. I've been asked what country I'm from many times and I simply reply 'Brooklyn'.

I encourage you to take candids. Try taking a photo across the street, to start. Set the resolution of your camera to high and crop into the image later.

Ha Ken!
I kinda like the fellow in the background. He cracks me up. Sort of like seeing a wildebeast in its natural environment.

Yes, thanks Pierre!

Thanks Lily!
Funny, I hadn't ever seen Splash. I know, one of the tiny minority. But I'm so glad I did and I loved it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

CaT said...

whats wrong with looking like a tourist?!
in amsterdam im always spoken to in english. always.. i got over it..
but my english is still crap!

as for photoshop; highly overrated..

John O. Roy said...

Real nice capture and angle. Most of us would have taken that head on. (The guy in the back ground also adds to it.)

BANJO52 said...

These guys have the "it" factor, all the way home, even Mr. Wildebeast. What a shot, and a nice little story.

Paz said...

That's great you showed him the image of what you took. I'll do that next time if they look like they're interested in knowing. I love Splash. Fun... Funny movie to watch and I like movies that are filmed in NY. Fun to recognize the neighborhoods.

Paz