1/320th at F5.6, ISO 1600 (28mm).
You walk around New York with a camera searching and these images just hit you in the gut, and more and more each time you see it. It fascinates me how the city collects and fosters tough women. These shirts feel like a suit of armor.
1/250th at F4, ISO 3200 (28mm).
1/320th at F16, ISO 800 (28mm).
1/320th at F11, ISO 800 (28mm).
1/320th at F9, ISO 400 (28mm).
I think that graffiti artists and street photographers probably have a lot in common.
1/250th at F13, ISO 800 (28mm).
1/200th at F3.5, ISO 400 (28mm).
It's pretty easy to create beautiful impromptu street portraits in SoHo, once you get over the initial trepidation of stopping people. There are a nearly infinite supply of interesting walls and colorful characters to seek out in the area. The key is to pick the right background and then wait for a complementary person to walk by. With the foot traffic, you rarely have to wait longer than 5 minutes.
With the 28mm focal length, it can also help to get real close to the subject.
Who said the Brooklyn Bridge had the best view?
Growing up, I always considered school to be a form of slow, monotonous torture.
Some people might learn best in a structured, classroom environment, but no way, that was not me. Give me a computer or book and I'd probably find biology interesting, but stick a 12-year-old me in a hot cell of a science classroom for 45 minutes each day with 30 kids and a monotone teacher and it was a complete waste of my youth.
It was not possible for me to learn like that. It strangled the creativity and curiosity out of me. There should be some level of freedom and choice to learning when you're young. It needs to be an active endeavor. I also grew up with Attention Deficit Disorder, which I enjoy now, but at the time it was rough. But that can't be an ideal learning environment for even the most attentive children.
It wasn't until the very end of college that I had the ability to separate myself from it and really think about things. That was when I started to think about photography as a career. That was when I got my energy back, and one of the main things that keeps me motivated these days is that I feel like a wasted a lot of time in school when I was younger.
If you're interested in this topic, one of my favorite writers/bloggers wrote a great post about this image, called the school-to-prison pipeline.