That's why he is wearing the mask, doesn't want to be recognized ;-)
December 30, 2010 11:50
....for carrying his is man-purse, or as they say in the Progressive commercials, "European Shoulder Bag"
December 30, 2010 12:00
Ha yeah, that has to be why he's wearing that mask! I wonder if she gave him the purse as a Christmas present :)
December 30, 2010 14:11
Yes, the murse definitely provides some insight into this image. I don't know about New York, but here in Chicago we would need a minus 50 degree windchill in order to see just a few facemask wearers on the street.
December 30, 2010 14:36
Yeah I think this is the first facemask that I've seen on the street in the last couple of years. Monday wasn't terribly cold out either.
December 30, 2010 19:49
You're all being mean... maybe he's disfigured or in hiding. The bag is a little dorky.
December 31, 2010 03:07
Love the mask..lol good catch
December 31, 2010 15:25
Interesting thread. Raises a question regarding the relationship between sneakiness and meanness. The anonymity of internet comments is associated with flaming and a general lowering of civility IMHO. I have noticed a tendency towards snarkiness on this blog at times by various posters which can be off putting, especially as the subjects are being shown w/o their permission. It appears that this creates a situation in which the image and the subject's humanity are divorced from each other. Just sayin'
December 31, 2010 15:53
I guess some of this could be considered as snarky Steve and I see where you're coming from, but I personally tend to think of it as just good-natured humor. I think there's a difference between a joking comment about someone's outfit (which has become an American past-time) and separating the image from a person's humanity. The best street photography gives a small glimpse into the true nature of a person, but at the same time it's a fun genre and there's ample room for visual puns and jokes.