High fashion: boots match the purse

High fashion: boots match the purse
Coach handbags
Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Jun 11, 2010 blog titled "Hints for Picking the Perfect Handbag." It was also published in an Apr 18, 2011 blog titled Coach Purse Outlet Go Style." And it was published in an Oct 31, 2011 blog titled "Coach Purses… how much do they cost to produce? and are they worth the high price?"


This was taken in Verdi Square, as I watched people walk briskly to and from the 72nd Street subway station. I noticed this woman as she entered the square from the northern end, and intended to get a "frontal" picture of her coat and her face. But she was walking so quickly that she was almost past me by the time I got my camera focused and ready…

It was only after I uploaded the photo and looked at it that I saw the color-coordination between her boots and her purse. They’re not exactly the same color, but close enough that I assume they were chosen consciously…


This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

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