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86th street and third ave. pre-digital world.

I don’t know why one corner is better than another, but I think every neighborhood has the perfect street photo corner.  And by neighborhood, at least in Manhattan, say every 10 blocks.  Maybe less.  The places you’d think would be the best, Times Square, Grand Central etc. have never been the best for me.  Too crowded.  Too fast.  I like a slower corner like Third and 86th.

Or 86th and Lex.  There’s a lot of activity, but it’s just perfectly natural, easy New York activity.  A guy in the b.g. on the phone, looking around.  A cop writing a ticket?  A woman dragging luggage, and of course a woman who is licking a soft ice cream cone.  This sort of scene, where nothing dramatic happens – this is my favorite thing to look at in street photography.


TIP: I DON’T KNOW WHAT ASTRAL MEANS.  Just find a corner that has the right level of activity where you feel comfortable.

Published by dave

I've been photographing New York, mostly in black and white, for the last 35 years. In other words, I began in the age of Tri-x and D-76 and eventually moved into the world of pigment ink. Enjoy your stay - Dave

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  1. The cop’s body stance… he is relaxed on his corner even with the bustling activity. It seems to me he is just jotting down notes to himself (versus a ticket).

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