Crossing NYC ..

I mean seriously, where do I begin? This photo by Monica Shulman is people watching perfection. Everyone almost seems purposely placed for this capture. I especially love all of the color happening and the boundless energy moving in either direction. Every single person in this photo had a destination the day they crossed this street. I find it fascinating to think of where they might all have been going or coming from. Were they happy? Hungry? Hurried? Just taking a stroll? In love? Heartbroken? I believe every single person has a story to tell. Don't you? Bravo to Monica for capturing "beautiful and interesting" yet again.

10 comments:

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

Wow, totally agree! People watching perfection - the best way to put it! I could stare at this photo for hours and try to imagine what lives these people are all living (that's what I do when I people-watch). Really cool shot!

Dancing Branflake said...

This is so NYC. I love that one girl is wearing a scarf and coat while another is wearing cut off denim shorts.

TheBeautyFile said...

Yay for Monica back on here! It's perfect! Plus it has that 70s kind of feel the way she processed it. Love that guy's pot belly!! I think she's standing right by Bergdorf's!

Ana Degenaar said...

You are so right! This is complete goodness. I love people watching. Amazing.

Chessa! said...

thank you! thank you! for sharing my photos here again. This was a hectic day. We were driving in midtown (first mistake) bc we were going to a birthday party. The baby was sleeping in her car seat and we were looking for a parking garage. I don't think I've ever been in my own car at this intersection...it's always only on foot or in a cab. So when we stopped at the red light was taken aback by the sheer amount of people crossing at the same time and how in all that chaos there seemed to be so much order. I guess when you're one of the people in the crowd you don't quite view it the same, but from the outside looking in it's something different. It was quiet in the car and we felt oddly relaxed given the crazy crowds that were weaving in front of and behind our car. I took a few photos and this one was my favorite. It's true that we ALL have stories to tell and my favorite thing about photographing people in a random moment is the little stories that I get to invent about them. thanks, again. xx

Lisa Michelle Cifuentes said...

Awesome photo, makes me appreciate NY so much. Sometimes when I'm running around town, I can't help but feel annoyed that there's always so much pedestrian traffic, but then I remember how cool it is to know there are so many different people with unique stories all in one city.

inspirationCOOPERATIVE said...

@Chessa, I love the back story. Thank you!
Haydee, always picks the most interesting and beautiful photographs. I always thought it would be interesting to see a movie where the opening scene would be a shot similar to the one above. The camera would then pan in on one person and we would follow their story. Later, we would come back to this scene, pan in, and follow another person's story. And so on. Maybe they even connect in some way at the end. (Perhaps there is already a movie like this and I'm forgetting?) Everyone does have a story, so true. Great post, H!

rooth said...

It does look staged doesn't it? But if you look closely, it's so NYC and it's exactly what each street crossing looks like. Thanks for sharing

rikshaw design said...

i can't stop staring at this!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

That's one of the things I've always loved about living in a city -- there are so many stories going on around you all at once. This morning I passed a guy on the street with a suitcase and tears in his eyes. It definitely makes you wonder.

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