Waiting . . .
Friday in February, New York Fashion Week, and a blizzard hits the North East. At the Highline Stages I managed to snap more than a few attendees as they left one show for the next but sometimes it pays to stop. Wait for the quiet moment and it will find you. I turned, and there they were. Mother and child, through the glass door, waiting in the warmth, waiting for the taxi. ****
Positively a modern take on a classic Italian Renaissance Madonna and Child. Beautiful Patti!
Thank you so much Lanier! I shall post other photos from the scene later, bet you can’t wait (!), but this sight was such a quietly stunning surprise given the promenade of fashion spilling out from the show.
no I can’t wait!!! Whaaaaa!
Somebody call the Wambulance for poor old Lanier.
Soon, I promise! My absolute big thrill of the week was running into Tim Gunn who was so kind and gracious about my taking a photo of him – in the early hours of a Sunday morning on Broadway, just down from Times Square and empty streets. Bliss!
I love Tim Gunn…. what can one say other than that.
Plenty! He was my first human contact for the day and I had been traipsing the streets from before sunrise. As happy as I am to accost strangers for a photograph I do feel slightly different when confronted with . . . Tim Gunn! But we were the only two people on the street at the time, one thing lead to another and he smiled so beautifully but the most touching part was when he said “Thank you. My name is Tim.”
Oh my goodness, I was going to blog about this! See what you do to me!
The best celebrities always introduce themselves when you meet them…the down to earth ones. Yes, please do go blog about Tim!!
A charming capture, Patti.
Those little bundles grow up so quickly . . .
There is something of Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl earring” about it. Isn’t it? Lovely Patti. I mean Patti, lovely. (Both actually)
I hadn’t thought of that! I did want to write more about taking this shot, as well as post other photos from the day, but she appeared in the dark of the doorway and really, there wasn’t much more left for me to say. . . . Thank you Gerard for lovely words!
Thank you dear Frizz!
You never fail to amaze, Patti, capturing moments in the circle of life!
Annie, you are so sweet, thank you! As you so well know, how often is it that the moments capture us!?!
The waiting certainly paid off. What a beautiful shot. Post modern life. Maybe even feels a bit futuristic. Just beautiful Patti. Stay warm and carry a shovel. I’ll be thinking of all of you on the East. I’m especially thinking of those who are still struggling to put their lives back together after Sandy and how they have to deal with this blizzard. Peace. Keep up the great work. Your work gives photographers a good name. 🙂
Thank you so much Terry for your kind words. Sandy has made such a big hole in so many people’s lives and winter just keeps barging through the mess, along with the increase in the number of rats . . . As I kept hearing from workers clearing through the mess at the beginning, it’s going to take time and that sadly is still very much the case.
Did you get her email address? I bet she’d love to have a copy of that photograph.
I didn’t get her email address 😦 but I did manage to show her the image on the camera and her smile suggested pleasure! By the time I found my card etc, a taxi pulled up and she was on her way. Perhaps I might see her again, this city is full of such surprises!
Outstanding capture, Patti! Love the simple, human warmth of your shot. Really lovely.
Richard, I am so grateful for your kind words, thank you. She had such a quiet glow of contentment about her.
oh Patti, love this poignant moment. thanks for sharing – and do stay warm and safe!
Thank you Kris and such a pleasure to share! Hope you are warm and safe where you are – snow or rain for you?
An artistic shot. Fabulous. You managed to capture the maternal expression. The wait quiet where time stands still. I congratulate you.
Thank you so much Carlos for your very kind and generous words!
I was so excited to see her in the corner because it was such an unexpected sight. It was one of those moments of silent begging to self “please don’t stuff this up!”
Thank you David!
Great photograph, Patti. Even without the commentary I would have known she was waiting or looking out for someone. It’s in the eyes…
How many times do our eyes give us away . . .
All too often…
Patti, thanks for sending the blog along. Messages are coming in. I’ve snapped. The waterbed is disassembled, a new mattress set is on order and a call to building management is in the queue. The picture is haunting. If I saw her I’d try to help her.
Have you called building management yet? Put that call top of the queue and keep it there until you get them actively involved!
nicely captured tense moment there, Patti!
Derrick, the tension was all mine – would I get the shot? 🙂
You find something poignant and thought-provoking everywhere. I like it.
Such is the provocative nature of anywhere and everywhere? Thank you so much Geoff!
The first thing I thought of when I saw this was renaissance period paintings, as one of your commentators had already said. It’s a beautiful shot.
I’m happy your meeting with Tim Gunn was a positive one. I don’t know much about the fashion world, but I recognise the name. I have no idea if he’s a beast at work, but he sounds like a lovely man here.
It was such a shock, and a wonderful one at that, to see her there in the dark after the parade out on the street. Fashion is such a funny business but beauty is so . . . .
As for Tim Gunn, I could never think of him as being a beast at work. Please Tim, say it ‘aint so!
(More on Tim later!)
That’s a really beautiful picture
Thank you Bronwen, wish you had been there with me!
Wonderful portrait, Patti
Thank you SF, they appeared as a vision of loveliness!
You absolutely nailed ‘the moment’, Ms. K…
She is indeed beautiful, thank you most kind SiG!
“…Wait for the quiet moment
and it will find you…”
Thank you Frizz! As Joseph Brodsky said In Praise of Boredom . . .
Absolutely phenomenal. The apprehension is subtle, but there.
Madonnas are usually shown in the ecstasy of a moment, but surely there were plenty of moments more like this —
Thank you Judith! What grabbed me most was the degree of ethereal composure within the apprehension, and the security of the child in her arms, oblivious to the surrounding circumstances. The anxiety and ecstasy, do our babies ever know . . . ?
It’s being able to capture moments like this that makes street photography so rewarding – especially now that I’m looking at it on a large screen and see that you are also in the frame 😉 Well seen and brilliantly captured!
So good to see you here Pat and thank you very much for your kind words, please know how much they mean to me! Street photography does indeed have many rewards, one of which was meeting you and seeing your great work which gives such a stylish view of these fascinating streets!
Many thanks Patti for the comments and likes both here and on the Flickr stream… we walk the same streets and hope to run into you again one of these days .. be well /p
An absolutely gorgeous shot, Patti.
When you were composing this, and seeing all of the right elements coming together, did you get that unbelievable, inexplicable but incredibly thrilling feeling come over you?
Thank you MoF – you know the feeling so well and absolutely YES on all counts!
. . . but it all happened in a slow motion blur of so many hopes of settings, battery life and memory card falling into place before the scene expired, or I was shoo’d away. Whichever came first!
This is so achingly beautiful Patti! Look forward to more from the series.