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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Portrait of an Guy on Sixth Avenue

New Yorker, Midtown
Photo by myself, at 35th Street and Sixth Avenue.

An older gentleman named John posed for me on the street corner, Tuesday morning.

Next to the subway exit, there was a man leaning against a phone booth. He looked like he'd seen better days. His face was weathered, he was muttering and gazing into space. The fingernails of both hands were very long.

I snuck back to take a candid, but before I could, he spotted me and asked whether I would take his photo. He became very animated and excited, looking around for people to pose with him.

When he saw the photo in the LCD screen, he gave me a large, toothy smile. I wish I'd gotten more out of him like how long he's lived in the city, but he was very difficult to understand.

The Portrait Series is a once-in-a-while installment, featuring New Yorkers encountered on the street.

Related posts: Portrait of an Artist, on the Upper East Side, Portrait of a Young Man, Without a Home, and Portrait of Style, on the Subway Platform.

8 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est sympa comme portrait , il aurait fallu le prendre pendant qu'il se regardait dans l'APN, mais je sais que c'etait pas possible. j'aime beaucoup

Nori said...

Hahaha!
He might feel something to you, Kitty. Some friendly feeling such let him relax and being natural himself...Nice shot!

biebkriebels said...

I like the photo, you can see he has a tough life in the city. Great he was not angry and wanted to pose for you.

Seitenstra├če said...

such a strong pose and soft and friendly face impression...

xxx Beatrice

Ken Mac said...

looks like he's holding a knife and fork

RedPat said...

You probably made his day!

Banjo52 said...

So many ways to read his expression, body language, life . . .

Lily Hydrangea said...

I think you must have made his day Kitty!
How sweet!