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Columbus Avenue | 14.36

I was shooting portraits near the entrance to Lincoln Center on Saturday. I had just finished shooting someone when this young woman walked by. I don’t know the explicit reason why she was there–it’s Fashion Week, and there three types of people around:

1. Those in the fashion industry, aspiring to be, or simply fashionable,
2. Photographers, press, bloggers, and
3. Spectators.

What immediately struck me about her was the fact that she was clearly none of the above. She sailed across the main artery of Lincoln Center (which is essentially a wide open expanse) without pausing once to look around or talk to anyone. In fact, she didn’t seem the slightest bit interested. Here I am sweating to death, hot as a brick running around and photographing people who very clearly are there to be photographed, when I this petite person stroll on by with bright colours on long sleeve. After I’d finished the aforementioned portrait with this other person I ran down the ramp to stop her for a photograph. What for? she asked. Fashion week, I replied. She was genuinely shocked that I considered her fashionable, that I would consider taking her photo for Fashion Week. But I mean, look at this photo!!! There are over 500 other photos in this blog that prove I’ve never said this before but, isn’t it just brilliant? This is the best example of what I look for when I’m out and about with my camera. The idea of finding people who are fashionable, but more critically, people who aesthetically work with their surroundings. Sure, she’s not wearing Dior or Soriano, but nobody took a better photo than this–at this moment–on this day–at Lincoln Center.

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  • trish

    so nice that she isn’t FAKE !! not overdone, not over dressed

    Just ….clean and natural.. short is overlooked to often, especially in photography for fashion
    and she isn’t cachetic!!

  • Simbarashe

    Not only is she not a model, she is actually much shorter than the photo would lead one to believe. Though I have shot many models for Fashion Week, my general mode is to not shoot models on the street unless I’m feeling really compelled. A lot of the people I photograph are shocked, stunned and nervous (and very occasionally, excited). I love realness in this regard.

  • Jim

    She’s not a model, Fritz, she’s more. Great article about a great woman

  • Fritz

    The model looks disinterested. Like her clothes, though.

  • Anne

    You captured her classic beauty!!

  • Sara Lynn

    Wonderful picture, ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS GIRL! I may be biased because she’s my cousin…so nice to see her beautiful face on here! :)

  • Katy

    What a wonderful pic! You do really good work, and the story is great, too ;)

  • Hiroko

    Truly one of my faves.

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  • Alice

    I love this post!!! She’s gorgeous!!