Category Archives: Strangers

The Tenth Annual No-Pants Subway Ride: 2012 Edition

So you’re done with the excessive holiday eating? What better way to strut your new-found pounds than with the annual No-Pants Subway Ride. What originally began as a 7-person prank has now evolved into an internationally observed day of silliness. More than 4,000 people took their trousers off yesterday in New York City’s subways, and thousands more reportedly joined in around the world. Improv Everywhere organizes the annual event, where the sexy strap-hangers begin their train rides all over the city and then converge onto Union Square Park for an impromptu celebration of sorts. Continue reading »

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100 Strangers: Medet Fidan

As I plug along on my 100 strangers project, I’d like to share with you a chance encounter I had with a very nice guy.

I was in Long Island City. I had just dropped off my car at the mechanic and I was walking towards the bus stop. I had my camera out because I just snapped a few photos of a 1919 Ford Model T outside my mechanic’s shop. A cab driver who was preparing to start his afternoon shift notice me and the chunky dSLR as he was getting in his cab. He shouted over to me with a smile, “Take a picture” and so I did. I asked his name. “Medet Fidan”, he replied, and shook my hand with a welcoming firm grip and a warm smile. When I gave him mine, he wondered what kind of name I had. I told him I was Greek, and so he squeezed my hand a little harder, and said with a sinister smile, “ohhh! I’m Turkish! We’re enemies!” Continue reading »

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New York Takes Off The Pants

Yesterday was pretty cold in New York City. But that didn’t deter faithful pranksters from stripping their bottoms in the annual No Pants Subway Ride. The tradition started in 2002 as 7 members of the group Improv Everywhere took to the subways without pants. The following has grown over the years, as over 3,500 subway riders now join in the the scantly clad fun. Other cities all over the world have also adopted the tradition. Yours truly was considering the battle against pants this year, but I need a tan.

Groups typically meet up at 6 or so locations throughout the city and are instructed to take specific trains. If asked by someone why they’re not wearing pants, pranksters simply reply, “Oh I didn’t even notice. I must have forgotten them today”. Continue reading »

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Flickr Photostream Friday: dreamswanderer

As the user name suggests, dreamswanderer is a bit of a nomad. A self proclaimed people watcher originally from Arizona, he now resides in Paris, France. Use of a fast telephoto on his Canon 5D assures that dreams captures everyday life’s smallest moments with sniper-like accuracy and a creamy bokeh. Most of his subjects are women, couples and children in what look to be large public spaces. He does some portrait work as well, but I find the candids of his strangers far more compelling. There is broad diversity and a human quality rarely seen in street photography. Of course it also helps that most of his subjects are attractive young women. Feel free to check out more of dreamswanderer’s flickr photostream here. And don’t forget to comment. 😉

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Shooting: 100 Strangers

100 Strangers #001

With the exception of today, the humidity has been very low the past few days. The temperature has stayed in the high 70’s/low 80’s. A perfect opportunity to start my 100 Strangers project. If your index finger is too lazy to hit the preceding link, I’ll just sum it up: 100 Strangers is a photography assignment. The rules are simple. Take pictures of a hundred people you don’t know, with their permission. The idea is to become more comfortable with photographing people because of the forced verbal interaction. In the process you learn something about yourself.
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