A Walk Through Times Square

I just got back from New York, which despite the looming recession still holds a certain Holiday spirit that few other cities can match. The windows at Saks and Bergdorf’s are wonderful to behold, and people are walking down 5th and along Times Square from all over the world. I took some pictures of people as I walked through the crowd. Click on them to see them larger.

Mother, Daughter, and the Stranger

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A Sea of Faces

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Three Generations, followed by Pigtails

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The Thin People

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Pointing Down

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School’s Out!

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Pointing Uptown

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The Young Couple

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Through the Crowd

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Not sure where in Berlin I’m going to find a crowd this interesting to walk through, but I will find it, I promise 🙂

2 comments

  1. bowleserised said:
    2008/12/07
    17:13

    What wonderful photos.

    OK, now tell me. How do you take pictures of people? Recently I was required to photograph street scenes with people in, which I found tremendously difficult as I’m very self conscious about this, and Britishly think that people won’t want to be photographed. How do you get round this?

    1. lettersfromberlin said:
      2008/12/07
      19:14

      There’s no particular trick to it, you just need to push yourself past that very real psychological hurdle. Part of it is that most people don’t mind being photographed enough to actually do anything about it. But that must come with an inner honesty: you’re taking pictures of people because you enjoy what you’re seeing. If you feel like a thief, you’ll look like one. Never ask for permission, that’s when people start thinking and wondering, and you’ll have lost the moment anyway. Should anyone actually ask you what you’re doing (which is extremely rare) tell them the truth: you like taking pictures, and the person combined with the light and the scene is really interesting. If they follow up you tell them it’s just for you – you’d only need a release form if you plan on using the shot to earn money. Just keep a pleasant smile on your face, and keep moving. No need to shoot and run, but it becomes a sort of zen flow-motion thing… though it will require you to improve your shot composition skills. One thing that helped me was keeping the camera up. For the longest time I was concerned about bringing the camera up to my eye… now I do it almost the other way around. In a crowd, I’ll walk with it stuck to my face, and look at everything around me with one eye through the viewfinder. This also becomes a qear question. If you’ve got a huge SLR with a big lens, you look like a paparazzo (or just plain silly) so think about using a small SLR with a small fixed- focal length lens like a 28mm or a 35mm.

      Just have fun, and people will know you mean no harm.

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