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Third Avenue, New York City, New York, 2008

Third Avenue, New York City, New York, 2008

Camera in hand, I was waiting for the light to change so I could cross the street in pursuit of a potential picture. Suddenly another picture opportunity exploded right in front of me. A phone rang, a woman answered, her phone in one hand, her coffee and a paper bag in the other. Her incongruous western-style boots were planted, toes-in, on one of Manhattan’s busiest avenues, and she was obviously concerned about what she was hearing. I lifted my camera and made this image, not yet realizing the full meaning of what I had been able to include in the frame. Later, when I was able to carefully inspect this image for the first time, I noticed that my frame also included a blurry bike and car. The blur implies dangerous speed, and her expression seems full of concern. Yet she stands in the street itself, well away from the safety of the curb, oblivious to such threats only a few feet away.

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Phil Douglis19-Sep-2008 01:55
Chaos is the norm here on the streets of New York. It always make for energetic and emotional images. Thanks, Jenene.
JSWaters18-Sep-2008 18:56
The individual often gets overlooked in New York yet here you capture her managing her very existance amidst the hurtling chaos. The city does beat frantically, and a certain frustration stemming from the constant cacophony can often be seen in the behavior of her residents.
Phil Douglis14-Sep-2008 22:15
New York is the city of the unexpected. Anything can happen at any time when millions hit its streets at the same time. I am glad you found that quality of potential chaos in this image, Vera.
saltzman4014-Sep-2008 01:43
This is the NYC I imagine. Strange, busy, crazy, unique1
Phil Douglis08-Sep-2008 17:16
Thanks for this comment, Alina. This image certainly expresses the pace and hustle of New York City's streets. All the people in the background, the speeding vehicles, and the frustration of the woman on phone all underscore the
frantic beat of the city itself.
Alina08-Sep-2008 03:36
Perfect photo Phil. I like it all the composition, busy street and the expression on her face. Real street life.
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