Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sometimes You Get Lucky

I went into New York City the other day specifically to visit a photo gallery to see the work of Vivian Maier (street photographer). There has been quite a stir this past year about the discovery of her work, so I was curious to see what it was all about. I'll save that for another post. The reason I mention it is because usually when I go with something specific in mind to do, and plan time afterwards (or before) to walk around and do some shooting, I rarely get anything good. I need to be totally focused on shooting to really be in the groove, and even then I sometimes come home with nothing worth investing time in. When I'm focused, most of the time I get a few good shots, rarely a whole bunch.

I was walking across 14th Street and passed through a crowd of people. When I got through them I  walked past a character doing crazy stuff. Nothing unusual about that. New York is full of them. But my mind was half a block ahead (bad boy!). I registered his face in the back of my mind, then stopped dead in my tracks - I thought I had photographed him before, didn't know where or when, but he was doing the same crazy stuff with his hands. So I doubled back and grabbed some shots. I'm glad I did. I got the money shot for the day.

When I got home I dug through my archives and found the first shot I took. It was on July 4th, 2009, on the pedestrian walk of Hudson River Park. When I look at the shots side by side, I'm not 100% sure it's the same guy, but they're sooooo close. Same eyes, ears, mouth, cheeks, hat position, and hand motion. The only difference I can see is the nose. You tell me ......

You can click on each photo to see it full size.


  1. I am sure that this is one and the same person. I have no doubt. The ring, ears, eyebrows, nasolabial folds.

  2. Well, sure does look like the same guy. The nose is questionable (could just be angle of view) but everything else looks the same including the ring on his right pinky.

  3. They definitely look to be the same guy... But that's that!! What I'm more concerned about here is the photography... And that is brilliant for both the pics... Though I seem to relate and get a better story from the 2nd (bottom) pic... Excellent job!

  4. Interesting works, well done!

  5. Hey he also at 500px..maybe the controller... Johann

  6. Gene,

    It looks like the same guy. Amazingly so. You mentioned Vivian Maier... I just bought the new book and her photos are indeed spectacular. Her story is so sad though... all that talent and the world would have to wait. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in photography and especially street photography.

  7. The same person can see it. Splendid capture.

    1. Yeah, I sometimes notice that I've shot a person twice until I get home. Good story!

  8. This is a great and very expressive shot! It realy looks like the same guy... look at the ring he waers on the same finger!!!

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