Monday, June 29, 2009

NYC -- Strangers and Subways

I've been absent from my blog for a few days. We had family visiting from Arizona last week, so I never got around to posting my final NYC entry. This one will include my photos of strangers, as well as our experiences on the subway.


I set a goal before I left for New York that I would take a picture of at least one stranger per day. Turns out it was a pretty easy thing to do. There is no shortage of strangers -- interesting ones -- in New York.

This first one is probably my favorite stranger shot of the week. This one is from Brooklyn as we were walking to Grimaldi's. I asked these guys, "Can I take your picture?" They were happy to give me a smile, although they gave me kind of strange look when I first asked....Oh well!







Being the small-town hicks that we are :), we were enthralled with the subway. It was about a 5-minute walk from our hotel to Grand Central Station, where we could hop on a subway that would take us anywhere we wanted to go. We more than got our money's worth out of the $25 each it cost to buy a 7-day unlimited Metro pass.

The subway is so much more than a mode of transportation. The stations and trains are full of all sorts of interesting people -- dancing, singing, crying repentance and even doing acrobatics. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that New Yorkers on the subway were often friendly and helpful. One woman heard our conversation on the train as we tried to figure out when we needed to get off. "That's in two more stops," she offered. Another woman handed me her well-used subway map and told me she could easily get another. A nice lady even offered Alex a cough drop one day.

One of my favorite parts of riding the subway was the entertainers. They'd hop on when the doors opened, usually stay on for one stop and then get off. The break dancing acrobats were the best. (And they even posed for a quick picture).

Mallory insisted on standing and holding the bar while we rode. She had a goal not to take a seat once...and didn't the whole week. Toward the end of the week, Parker became our self-appointed navigator. We followed him (rapidly, I might add) through the stations and onto the next train.
























Mallory puts on her sad face as we take our last subway ride before leaving New York.


Whew....I've come to end of my New York posts. What a fabulous trip. I'd love to go back and hope we can someday. :)

15 comments:

Janae said...

I love all your stranger shots. I really like the police man and the black and white subway shot!

Jess said...

SO fun! I love riding the subway... I suppose I wouldn't like it so much if I had to do it all the time though, LOL. ;)

janett said...

These are my absolute favorite type of shots, thanks for sharing!

Shanna Jones said...

Oh wow...those are such cool pics. LOVE the b&w subway pic...I can totally see that one in a big canvas.

Gypsy Girl said...

You got a lot of great stranger photos. The subways are always interesting.

Sharon said...

Great shots!

Suzy said...

Wow your stranger shots rock! It looks like you met/saw some different characters! I love these!

Jason said...

WOW those are awesome, I really enjoyed looking at those stranger shots! Very cool!

Lauren said...

Aren't NY subways the best? I wish we had them here in Seattle. Love the third to the last shot, your processing on it is PERFECT!

Beth said...

Those stranger shots are so great! Very documentary style. Great job on being brave!

Reds said...

Love your captures! You are so brave to have asked to take photos of strangers - so wish I had the guts! Love the old action on the subway!

Ryan said...

Margaret - these are great shots and I applaud your gumption to photograph strangers. While in NYC and riding the subways, I was soo tempted - but curbed my urge (traveling with a group of teenagers and it seemed that the subway was PACKED each time we boarded). Very reflective of the vast diversity of people of this city.

Celeste said...

OOOOH - the BW subway pic is my FAVORITE!!! These are awesome!

Alyssa Beth said...

These are fantastic shots!! Reminds me of a photo essay. ahhh.. I wanna go to NY!

Karina said...

Margaret! i LOVE all of the pics you took of strangers in NYC... such a cool idea! love it.