Few strangers in the streets of New York! (many pics!)

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Few strangers in the streets of New York! (many pics!)
Apr 26, 2012

It is becoming more and more monotonous to shoot people in the streets. Almost everyone is busy with his/her cellular phone and it is hard to find anyone doing anything else, or nothing at all!

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Great Job!

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Louis, very fine work, as usual. You know, not everyone has a cell phone to his or her ear.

It looks as though you shot the pianist from the northern side of Washington Square Park, to the east of Fifth Avenue. If so, you would have been in the shadow of the building at 2 Fifth Avenue that was home to André Kertész, one of the early and great Leica photographers of the last century. When we lived in Manhattan and were looking for an apartment in the Village, we saw several in that building, which Kertész was kind enough to grace with prints to hang in the lobby and hallways. I hope they're still there. That said, the building has had to undertake a costly renovation due to the use of a type of brick that severely degrades with time, and it wouldn't surprise me if they've decided to sell some now-appreciated photos.

If you're still in town, be certain to stop by ICP at 43d and Sixth. It's been a while since I was there--the last time there was an exhibit of pre and early post revolutionary photographs of Cuba, which included a fabulous early print of the iconic Che shot, made with an M2, that has become the image everyone uses of him, including in your Occupy shot in your other NYC post, along with a number of other photos from the interview that produced that shot.

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In reply to l_objectif, Apr 26, 2012

You made me homesick, Louis. I just love doing street in the "Big Apple".
You did well there my friend! My favorites are 2, 3, 7, and 12.

Did you go to B&H to pick up a Fuji X-Pro 1 while you were in the city? :))))

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Great series... NY certainly has a lot of "characters"!

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Hello Louis:

You're lamenting of ,, there is hardly anything to shoot in New York without people not holding on to a cellular apparatus ' seems to be an over reaction on your part.
These excellent photo's you shot contradict's your observation.IOW. BRAVO.

This pictorial through your lens shows the colour full inhabitant's of this dynamic city.
Greetings:John Basso,

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l_objectif wrote:

It is becoming more and more monotonous to shoot people in the streets... and it is hard to find anyone doing anything else...!

Maybe Louis, but you've managed to do it in style!

All the best
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Kokomo O wrote:

Louis, very fine work, as usual. You know, not everyone has a cell phone to his or her ear.

Thanks Koko, but I had to delete so many shots from this series because I found too many cellulars everywhere!

It looks as though you shot the pianist from the northern side of Washington Square Park, to the east of Fifth Avenue. If so, you would have been in the shadow of the building at 2 Fifth Avenue that was home to André Kertész, one of the early and great Leica photographers of the last century. When we lived in Manhattan and were looking for an apartment in the Village, we saw several in that building, which Kertész was kind enough to grace with prints to hang in the lobby and hallways. I hope they're still there. That said, the building has had to undertake a costly renovation due to the use of a type of brick that severely degrades with time, and it wouldn't surprise me if they've decided to sell some now-appreciated photos.

Thanks for the information. 5thy ave. is just behind the "Arc", meaning in front of the pianist as you can see in the next shot. Therefore, the pianist is placed in south-west of the arc, facing 5th Ave., facing the North!

If you're still in town, be certain to stop by ICP at 43d and Sixth. It's been a while since I was there--the last time there was an exhibit of pre and early post revolutionary photographs of Cuba, which included a fabulous early print of the iconic Che shot, made with an M2, that has become the image everyone uses of him, including in your Occupy shot in your other NYC post, along with a number of other photos from the interview that produced that shot.

I am back in DC, but I will remember this in my next visit to the Big Apple and I hope it is not ov er!

Dear Koko, thank you very much for your encouraging and very interesting feedback.

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Ben C Davis wrote:

Great Job!

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Ben, how are you, my friend? Long time no see!
Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment!

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Leo33 wrote:

You made me homesick, Louis. I just love doing street in the "Big Apple".

This is a really wonderful place! I guess the same kind of homesick when I see Hugues shots of Paris, and Gianlca's shots of Europe! I really understand how you feel!

You did well there my friend! My favorites are 2, 3, 7, and 12.

Thank you very much, my friend!

Did you go to B&H to pick up a Fuji X-Pro 1 while you were in the city? :))))

No way!... Just being in NY is a big "temptation" for everything! And, I am not even interested in Fuji! maybe Fuji films if I shoot films, but not cameras!

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Hosermage wrote:

Great series... NY certainly has a lot of "characters"!

Much appreciated, David. Yes, indeed, NY is a wonderful place to shoot and I try to spend a day or two whenever I can!

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John Basso wrote:

Hello Louis:

You're lamenting of ,, there is hardly anything to shoot in New York without people not holding on to a cellular apparatus ' seems to be an over reaction on your part.

hahaha... Seriousely, every time I point my camera to somebody, all I see is a cellular phone!...

These excellent photo's you shot contradict's your observation.IOW. BRAVO.

This pictorial through your lens shows the colour full inhabitant's of this dynamic city.

So much appreciated, dear John. Thanks for the encouragement!

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Edward48 wrote:

l_objectif wrote:

It is becoming more and more monotonous to shoot people in the streets... and it is hard to find anyone doing anything else...!

Mike, I really hate cellular phones when I am driving and I when see people in all the other cars around me everyone so busy with a cellular phone! I really don't feel very safe. More especially, when I see them parking or changing lanes! I always wonder how come these powerful insurance companies couldn't make some laws pass to avoid this!... For shooting, it is becoming almost the same! Every time I point my camera somewhere, all I see is a cell!...

Maybe Louis, but you've managed to do it in style!

Much appreciated, my friend; thanks a lot!

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In reply to l_objectif, Apr 27, 2012

You're right, it is monotonous to take photos of random people standing or walking doing nothing. You might try looking for some interesting combination of gesture, unusual perspective using people almost as an abstract, or using strong or weak light as an element in your photos.

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  1. 1 is my favorite - looks like he's places all bets re. his religious options. #6 - the two young ladies is next. Good street candid shots. Was this with D LUX 5?

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l_objectif wrote:

I always wonder how come these powerful insurance companies couldn't make some laws pass to avoid this!...

We did pass a law forbidding phone use while driving, but it doesn't make any difference. People still do it. It gives me the creeps too, especially when they are driving too close behind me anyway and on the phone.

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l_objectif wrote:

It is becoming more and more monotonous to shoot people in the streets. Almost everyone is busy with his/her cellular phone and it is hard to find anyone doing anything else, or nothing at all!

Though everybody is busy with his/her smart phone, you still see a lot of other activities going on here.

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Wonderful set, especially 2,3 the chess board conversation and the last two. Your b&w shots convey all the colours of this multicultural and multinational place.

well done my friend
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Great series Louis,
Number 2,3 & 7 being my favourites. Well taken & great PP.
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In reply to l_objectif, Apr 27, 2012

You are a natural born street photographer, Louis; I love all of your photos. You do my city a great justice. Yes, there's so much to see and photograph, but excellent street photography is difficult and rare (except when you're behind the camera)!

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