One Day In New York . . .
One Day in New York . . .
Friday. The day began with a stop at the local coffee shop where the boys behind the counter know my order and almost have it ready for me by the time I get in the door. They really are so sweet and they do a good turn with some dance moves from time to time. This morning, they saw my camera over my shoulder “very nice camera Miss, you take our picture!” I have my camera with me because a friend has asked me to take some photos for her of the High Line, located downtown on the West Side.
They began hamming it up for me (it was a quiet moment) but my camera wasn’t ready and, after some fiddling, I finally took a snap.
From here, I made my way downtown on the subway, fiddling some more with my camera. Please note, I use the word “fiddle” as shorthand for “not knowing what I am doing but hoping it might turn out . . . “
I am not on my own in the subway. Brian Williams is with me. He has a twinkle in his eye.
Through the open carriage door I catch the eye of a subway vendor.
The next stop is my stop. I watch as the train disappears into the dark.
A sparrow in his High Line Loft Conversion
Having taken more than a few shots along the High Line I decided to walk from there, along West 14th St to Union Square but I didn’t get far before I noticed a certain frisson
in the air. Big men in black with ear pieces stood on guard outside one building where a black velvet rope implied something in the middle of the day was about to happen. This is the part of town known as the Meatpacking District
, now home to fashion designers. But what made the afternoon far more exciting for me were the exotic creatures walking along West 14th St in clothes straight out of the fashion pages. Hardly surprising, as it turned out, for they were on their way to a fashion show, that of the designer Yigal Azrouel
It’s that time of the year! New York Fashion Week!
And, for those who have to absolutely know, I was wearing Old Navy, Levis, shoes by Skechers, and Chanel (lipstick).
But, my favourite shot from the passing parade is this one –
and the one I wish I had been quicker on the drawer with is –
Diane von Furstenberg
, fashion designer, President of the CFDA
, muse to many. An older woman who has yet to get her hair cut short
. She came out of a doorway, into the street and walked straight out across the road as though she were the only person on the street. Let alone a dozen with cameras. No-one saw her. Except me! Mutterings amongst the fashion photographers, the floggers,
went along the lines of “OMG, wasn’t that . . . . who just walked past?” Yes indeed but lucky me, the street photographer, or sprogger
, caught the blur of her passing.
I heard later from new best friends, designer Richard Gray (remember, you heard his name here first!) and JD (ditto) via Twitter that the Yigal show was good but that I didn’t miss out on anything . . .
With that under my belt I finally made my way home, again on the subway, and, with no reading material to hand I browsed through the replay on my camera, looking over the shots of the day. The young man beside me, the train was crowded, we were a tight fit, commented on my camera. He has the same one. He then asked me if I were a fashion photographer? OMG, I wish! But I am not a fashion photographer and I am not too good with the porky pies. But, enough about me, what I asked him, was he busy doing? His eyes glowed. He, Morgan Hartley, yet another new best friend, is preparing to cycle, with a colleague, from Paris to Hong Kong, leaving in two weeks time and taking two years to explore and document “the rise of expanding economies in Eurasia on a ‘micro-human’ level.”
I urge you, do read the link!
Coming up from the subway I heard, in the near distance, chanting noises. The noise of protestors. Without having too far to go and only a block away from the Russian Consulate I found a spirited protest demanding human rights for Syrians. By Syrians, for Syrians.
It was a long day. Me skirting about the edges of what grips so many, in all sorts of ways. For some it is life, for others . . .
How was your day?
Only in New York! What a day! Margie
You betcha! Margie, so excited for you spending time here soon with your daughter and am sure you will have an absolute blast!
Dear Trish, what an oh so very interesting and exciting life you lead! But saying that, life on the farm with George is never boring!! Xx
Oh Trish, fabulous to hear from you and that life on the farm is so good for you both! Boredom, more a state of mind than location don’t you think? And of course a little good company goes a long way wherever you happen to be!
I’ll bet that chick in the green pants and the fur vest was freezing her idiotic tush off. Of course, ‘real’ furs should be outlawed in my book, since I am an animal lover; I hope the furs in the photos were synthetic, but somehow doubt it. It is just cruel to kill an animal for its skin in the name of fashion. On a more positive note, the train leaving the Station was a dynamite perspective shot . . . very nice photo, indeed. Your buddies at the coffee shop looked like they were happy and ready to enjoy a nice day. I hope you enjoyed yours as well.
Orples, hate to break it to you but don’t ever come to NY in winter! Glad you enjoyed the rest of the shots and hope you have a good week ahead of you!
I can only imagine. I know I’d freeze up there, and I’m sure there are plenty of fur coats, so I will take your advice and stay in Virginia, or maybe head south for the winter. LOL. You have a great week yourself Patti. 😉
Great shots … some of the pix’s woudln’t show up …. ~~~~ : – (
Thank you Isadora, pics now showing up . . . I hope! All best to you!
LOVE these fashion shots! For someone who’s not likely to get to NYC soon, and doesn’t have the luck to be around at such a vibrant time, it was a real treat and a half!
The photos turned out exceptional, full of style and human interest, Patti.
It was such an unexpected bonus to the day which is all part of the magic of NYC. So happy to share it with you and do hope you are feeling better with each day!
“Train disappearing” is a good shot!
Thank you Frizz. I was experimenting with settings etc. . .
Really Great Journey you have there Patti and I Love all of it 🙂
Your graphic mind would have enjoyed the day!
The Subway is Sooo NY to those of us who have never been there – I’d love to go and get some photos at some stage… We’ll see what the future brings! Another nice set of shots 🙂
You would so love it over here with your camera and lenses. I do hope the not too distant future does bring you and your family over. It is a fabulous walking, exploring city, very safe and so easy to get about!
In a NY minute you captured it all. 🙂
and yet all I had set out to do that day was take some simple shots along the High Line. So happy to share it with you, thank you!
again I enjoyed your New York gallery …
Thank you Frizz but the trouble I had with this gallery . . . I need to do some tinkering with this because there are photos in the gallery which should not be there etc etc. Not sure you wanted all this detail and I am sure there is a simple solution somewhere.
superb clicks. esp. of the train. Too good 🙂
Mod Eye, you are too generous! Thank you!
The shot of the sparrow is so beautifully detailed and clear – I love that photograph. My other favourite here is the train.
I was ready to call it a day after taking the bird shots on the High Line (which seem to have the best perches in the city!) but running into the parade of street fashion was too much for me to resist! Thank you BH for your appreciation!