2nd Avenue.

You’ve probably noticed that in many of my ‘Untitled’ and ‘Weekenders’ shots, the people I capture are either looking away or otherwise unaware that I’m taking their photo. The main difference between the two (besides the fact that ‘Weekenders’ photos are actually taken on the weekend) is that for ‘Untitled’ portraits, the subjects generally do know that I’m there. Sometimes I’ll come upon a person walking or idling on the sidewalk, and I’ll say something to the effect of, “If you don’t mind, I’m going to take your picture from across the street. Just keep doing what you’re doing and pretend that I’m not there.” Other times, like in the case of the woman depicted above, I’ll see them walking from a distance and follow them until either they stop or reach a suitable place where I’d like to photograph them. This particular one was fun because I trekked up 2nd Ave in the street against oncoming traffic while she walked and texted. She paused by this fire hydrant when I asked for permission to take her photo. My assistant asked me later why I didn’t have her turn around to face me for a more conventional street style portrait. I thought about it, but after a couple of blocks of seeing her from this angle, I had more or less made up my mind that this was how I wanted to photograph her.