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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

People, People, Everywhere

34th Street, NYC
Photo by myself in Herald Square, Midtown.

Typical crosswalk traffic in this area of town. During rush hour, it's about ten times worse.


It's a misconception to think that New Yorkers enjoy crowds.

I myself can put up with crowds that are moving fast enough. When a crowd moves along briskly, avoiding collisions at street corners, there's a choreography to it. Give me a parade, and I go a bit insane.

Home is a refuge for every New Yorker. For the fortunate, there's a second home outside the city, in Long Island, upstate New York, the New Jersey shore or Connecticut. People set up time shares, to escape the heat at least a few weekends of the summer.

Many New York apartments aren't large enough to be anything more than a private refuge. As a result, we often entertain outside the home. The bar or restaurant becomes an extension of our living rooms, where we can spend time relaxing, catching up, away from the crowds.

Related posts: The Latest Urban Adventure, Lost in a Crowd and A View from the Streets.


Washington Cesar Takeuchi said...

Hi Kitty!

Are You feeling any better? I hope so.

I believe the image you describe is common to any large city (people in São Paulo, our major city probably feel the same).

Another great picture of yours. Can you tell how do you take a picture like that? People are not looking straight to you, so I believe the whole process was pretty fast.


James said...

Thanks for reminding me why I don't go to the city at this time of year. ;-)

Ken Mac said...

the universal blank face of the typical New Yorker...that's how we roll!

Olivier said...

c'est pour ça que les bars se remplissent à NYC a la fin de la journée, je trouve cela tres agreable, on est dans l'ambiance de NYC

Unknown said...

I think it's a great place for street photography, as no one seems to care about having their picture taken. I've seen a few Bruce Gilden videos on youtube and how he snaps away amongst the tidalwave of people. Maybe one day I'll visit New York and try it for myself.

Kitty said...

Hi Washington
Thanks so much for asking. I'm finally feeling much better. Now just to look like a human?

For these candids, I usually don't do much. Here I probably walked straight ahead with my head down, and kept shooting.

There are so many distractions in the city that people don't immediately fixate on little old me. They also probably think I'm just reviewing photos or that I'm taking a photo of something else.

Hi James
Ha. It's like this all the time!

Hi Ken
So true. I think people are just lost in thought and it's easier not to react to everything around you.

Hi Olivier
I admit my high school French is terrible. My online translator fails to make much sense. You must be using sophisticated language!

Gail's Man
I checked out a youtube link of Bruce Gilden that Mark found for me. Wow, hilarious. Is that man bold or what?

I will post it tomorrow.