This is a re-post of a portrait series I did in August of 2013.
This week’s installment brings us to Orchard and Henry Streets. A while back, I asked for suggestions of where I should go next and this spot was the number one answer. For a variety of reasons, it’s very challenging to get people to randomly pose for portraits in some city neighborhoods. I almost gave up before the magic had a chance to happen.
It started out very slow and after being on the corner for over fifteen minutes, and asking over fifteen people, I didn’t have a single portrait. After that I gave up and got on my bike to go to an easier location. Just as I was about to pedal away, a guy comes out of nowhere, sees my camera and say’s “Yo, take a picture of your boy!” After that I stuck around for another hour and a half and was able to get all of these portraits of great people.
Just after I snapped the photos, I asked the subjects to describe themselves using only one word. Those responses are posted below their respective photographs.
|Lee, “over 30/under 50”|
|Cassandra, turning 42 on Tuesday|
|Daria, 10 (sister of Tymar, below)|
|Tymar, 13 (brother of Daria, above)|
|as I was shooting Robert’s photo, Lee (left) came back for another snap. Robert is Lee’s uncle.|
|(left to right) Alexis, Shaniqua, Sha’quan, high school students|
|Josh, 27 and son Junior, 2|
|Jazmin, 25 (Jazmin gave me so many great expressions, I had to include a few)|
“vamp-tress” (think vampire-temptress)
Below are photos of the shoot location(s) at Orchard and Henry.