People Photographs


For me, there is something so intriguing about photographs with people in them.

And I don’t even have to know the people in the photos to find them interesting, because I like looking at any and all people in pictures. Especially vintage photographs that date waaaaay back in time.

People add a life force to a photograph. Don't get me wrong, I love pictures of a beautiful landscape or cityscape, but viewing photographs of people are my favorite. Because it's like looking at a single moment in someones life that has been captured through the click of a camera; knowing that moment will never happen exactly the same way again.

And sometimes if there are two people together in a photograph, I'm often curious as to who they are in relationship to each other.

Are they a couple? Are they just friends? Are they related?

I will often pause longer while looking at a people photo, to examine it closer.

One of the things I enjoy about city life is that there are always a lot of people to notice, look at and interact with. City life can be one of the most enjoyable, but intense human experiences, because you live in very close quarters with other city dwellers.

Overall, I am a person who truly enjoys being around and interacting with other humans in a city setting. But there are times when I like to become invisible and simply observe; without ever speaking. And oddly enough, you CAN do that in a city. And probably easier than in a more rural area where there are less people, so it's harder to become invisible.

Today I would like to share some photographs, that were taken over the past 6 months...of people.

Please enjoy.


This photo came out blurry, but I like it because it seems to enhance the freezing cold temperature, and it also adds an unsettling emotion to the image.


A photographer I spotted taking photographs on Broad Street.


5th Avenue in New York City. Manhattan is a city of movement. And as insane as it looks, it's a beautifully choreographed movement that you intuitively tune into and dance with.


Love Park in Philadelphia. You will often spot tourists taking photographs here.


The corner of 18th Street and Locust. I love how this attractive lady dressed in black, seems to be waiting for someone. I also love Europe, and this photo reminds me of that.


I see this gentleman walking in the city a lot. Those two dogs he has are two of the most aggressive canines I have ever seen. I’ve actually watched them attack and try to BITE the tires on a moving public bus, while the owner pulled back on the leashes, as if he were trying to tame two wild boars. It was freakin' hilarious!


Peeking through a gate at two women having lunch in a cafe'.


A view from my apartment window of a Spanish street festival.


I took this shot of four photographs of people within the windows of a house. Isn't it COOLLY CREEPY? They almost look like four ghosts staring through the windows!

Happy Monday, y'all

63 comments

  1. Val DaggattMay 06, 2013

    I agree with you, Ron, people MAKE a picture. Although I got told off once, by a blogger, for showing such pictures. Ever since then I've been wary about where I point the camera. I felt the same when told that I shouldn't take pictures of buildings. Duh! I love your pictures, and the people in them absolutely bring the scenes to life. I think I'd better turn over a new leaf when the new camera comes.


    Happy Monday. Have a good week.

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  2. AkelamaluMay 06, 2013

    People do make a photograph I agree Ron. I love weaving my own stories about strangers I see, especially on holiday, where I spend most of my time trying to read but get distracted people watching. LOL

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  3. Great set of photos. I rarely take photos of others because I'm afraid they'll be offended. But especially in cities, they do add a sense of the place. The guy with the dogs - are they aggressive towards people, too, or just vehicles? And yes, those window photos are ghostly, especially since they are all so somber. What an interesting idea.

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  4. Hi Ronnie,
    Oh my friend, you really picked me up today. You know that I never tire of seeing photos of Philly. Oooh; fascinating!!
    I love them all for different reasons; the blur( a little is really good for conveying action or tension), the candid shots like the dog walker( LOL; that is a hilarious anecdote!) or the masses on the street below your home.
    I have (for the meanwhile, at least), a block when it comes to doing people photos. I either take them from behind or far away. Though I know that if one day I see something really cute, I gotta shoot head on and talk nicely to the person to see if they "object" or not to that photo.
    People photography also means been respectful of identities and individual desires...
    That you for sharing my dear. It is always a pleasure!!
    xox

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  5. You have SUCH a talent! I love these all but the coolly creepy people are my favorite. That's a private house? Weird. Have a great Monday!

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  6. Ok, call me crazy, but sometimes I think people ruin a photo! I like all of yours though. The pic of the two women at lunch reminds me of those private investigator photos. A new career, perhaps? Ha!

    Have a happy week, Ron!

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  7. Wow--That's one crowded street doings! And I'm thinking I'm 'outta there' if the guy comes with his killer dogs. They're all very intriquing photos. I love the first one with 'The Box' and the fella looking into something that looks like a box. Very cool. And yes, that last one is ghostly--which makes is nifty and a bit eerie.


    I hesitate in snapping photos of people. I generally wait until they're out of the view finder to actually snap the photo. I don't think they'd take away from the shot--but I do have a heightened sense of respect for the privacy of people in their day to day life. Probably more so MY deal than theirs--seems people are taking photos all the time with the phone cameras without a second thought.....or permission of the person they're photographing. It leaves me with a 'disturbed' feeling.


    I don't possess the ability to become 'invisible'. I've TRIED. LOL In big cities, in small towns....it's just not in me to be invisible. Which is why I find the wander about in quiet places so wonderful. It's a place I CAN get lost and just BE. Seems if there's a person around, they're gonna find me. Not an all bad thing, in fact a very good thing if you're me......MOST of the time, that is. Sometimes I really wanna be invisible and get grumpy that it's a gift I just don't possess.


    Awesome photos, sir. Did you even SLEEP the night of that street party?! Holy moly....LOL....that's a whole lotta people!!!!

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  8. Rob LenihanMay 06, 2013

    Hey, Ron, great photos! Every picture really does tell a story and I like how you captured these moments in people's lives.

    I've said before that you have a good eye and these photos prove that. The winter scene is particularly powerful, but I also like how you shot that image of the two women having lunch, and the lady at 18th & Locust.

    And of course, the coolly creepy ghost shot is a trip!

    Great post, buddy! Have a fabulous week!

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  9. Oh Ron! As always, thank you for your photos. They absolutely made my day. My favorite is the woman on 18th and Locust. So cool. Although, this last one is pretty spectacular.
    Thank you so much for highlighting Make Mention on the side of your blog. That is incredibly kind of you.

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  10. Ron, whenever you share your photos, it makes me want to do more photography myself. You have such an amazing eye for snapping just the right moment and getting right angles. Have you ever taken a photography class? All these pictures are great, but my eye particularly enjoyed the lady dressed in black on the street corner and the one on 5th Avenue in New York City because you can really sense the movement you speak of.


    Yes, I like pictures with people in them as well.


    Have a wonderful week, Ron.

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  11. SuziCateMay 06, 2013

    These are awesome, Ron! Each photograph offers an inspiring prompt for story writing. I'm a people watcher, too. I need to photograph them though....I can't seem to capture the essence of people as well as nature in my photography.

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  12. Gooood morning Valerie!

    "I agree with you, Ron, people MAKE a picture. Although I got told off once, by a blogger, for showing such pictures. Ever since then I've been wary about where I point the camera."

    Okay, here's how I feel about that. With ALL the cell phones that contain a camera inside them, everyone can take photographs without you ever knowing they're doing it. So there is no such thing as privacy anymore. I would never expose anyone's identity, verbally trash or make fun of someone who's picture I've taken, or take photographs of cars with their license number in view. I think it's possible to take photos of people and do it consciously. Besides, I live in city and it's almost impossible to take photos without people in them. I've seen other photographers taking pictures of me sitting on a park bench or walking down the street and it's never bothered me.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  13. Good morning Pearl~

    "I love weaving my own stories about strangers I see, especially on holiday, where I spend most of my time trying to read but get distracted people watching."



    Yes! Yes! meeeeee too! I love to sit in a public area and just PEOPLE watch because I'm always so curious as to who they are; creating my own stories. What FUN!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, m'dear. Have a lovely week!


    X

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  14. Hey there Secret Agent Woman~

    "But especially in cities, they do add a sense of the place."

    Yes, they do. And when you live in a city, it's almost impossible to take photographs of say, a street view, without having people in them.

    "The guy with the dogs - are they aggressive towards people, too, or just vehicles"

    I've only seen it with vehicles or anything that moves quickly around them. I think they're Jack Russell terriers.

    " those window photos are ghostly, especially since they are all so somber. What an interesting idea."



    Aren't those window photos both intriguing and creepy at the same time? Love them!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a most excellent week!


    X

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  15. Bonjour Barb!

    I KNEW you would enjoy the photos of Philly :)

    "or the masses on the street below your home."

    That was some sort of Spanish street festival that Philly had yesterday. I could only look at it from above, because it was WAY to crowded to actually go down there a walk around.



    Yes, I know that MANY people object to taking photos of other people without their consent. But as you shared, I do respect their personal identity and would never take photos of say, a car with its license plate visible. I think there is a way to consciously take photographs of people and being respectful. When you live in a city, it's almost impossible NOT to have people in photographs.


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous week!


    X

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  16. Hiya Chrissy!

    Thanks, girl :) I love taking pictures.

    "but the coolly creepy people are my favorite. That's a private house?"



    Yes, from what I could gather, it looked like a house OR a house that had separate apartments in them.


    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a GREAT Monday and week!

    X to you and the gang!

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  17. Hey there Bijoux!

    "Ok, call me crazy, but sometimes I think people ruin a photo!"

    HA! No, you're not crazy, it's just how you feel. As I shared, I love scenic photographs too, but somehow photos with people in them seem more alive to me.

    "The pic of the two women at lunch reminds me of those private investigator photos. A new career, perhaps? Ha!"



    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Perhaps!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a HAPPY week as well!

    X

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  18. Hola Denise~

    Thank you for your sweet and support words. No, I've never taken a photography course. However, I do sometimes read books on photography, and then take what I learned and apply it. I sorta just take pictures through trial and error. I seem to learn best that way :)

    " but my eye particularly enjoyed the lady dressed in black on the street corner."

    I saw her standing on the corner one day a few weeks ago, and she really intrigued me. I love that she's all in black.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Wishing you a most excellent weekend!

    X

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  19. Hiya Jen!

    Thank you :)

    " My favorite is the woman on 18th and Locust. So cool."

    Isn't she faaaaaabulous? I love that she's all in black and standing in front of that cafe because it looks so European.

    "Thank you so much for highlighting Make Mention on the side of your blog."



    You are sooooooooo welcome, girl. I'm proud to highlight your new blog/website. I wish you MUCH success!


    Thanks for stopping by and have a super week!

    X

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  20. Hiya Suzi!

    " I'm a people watcher, too."

    Don't ya LOVE to watch people?

    "....I can't seem to capture the essence of people as well as nature in my photography."



    I think we all have different eyes and things that attract us to take a photograph. I seem to be attracted to urban settings and people. But you're photographs of nature BLOW ME AWAY! In fact, yesterday while I was reading more of your book, I was admiring your photographs at the beginning of each chapter.


    AWESOME!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, Suzi! Have a wonderful week, my friend!


    X

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  21. Hey there Rob!

    Thanks, buddy :)

    I took that winter/snow scene on the last time we had a snowfall. It didn't last very long, but I RAN outside to see if I could capture a few images. That photo in particular, I took while I was walking out of a CVS and spotted that guy across the street.

    "And of course, the coolly creepy ghost shot is a trip!"



    Yes, isn't that photo a trip? It's ghostly.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Rob. Have a faaaaaabulous week! And say hello to NY for me!


    X

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  22. Hiya Mel!

    "Wow--That's one crowded street doings! Did you even SLEEP the night of that street party?!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG, you should have heard how LOUD it was. I almost took a video so that you guys could hear it. It was a Spanish street festival that took place yesterday. The noise started at about 8:45 AM and didn't end until 8 PM. I spent most of the day waaaaaaaaay far away from it, in a quiet park.

    " I don't think they'd take away from the shot--but I do have a heightened sense of respect for the privacy of people in their day to day life."

    Yes, I know that many people feel the same way. But it's as you shared, people are taking photos all the time with the phone cameras without others knowing anyway. I think there is a way of taking photographs of people and doing it consciously, such as not revealing their name/identity or being cruel or derogatory about their appearance. Also, as I shared in other comments, when you live in a city, it's almost impossible NOT to have people in photographs; even if they're simply in the background.

    "Seems if there's a person around, they're gonna find me. Not an all bad thing, in fact a very good thing if you're me......MOST of the time, that is."



    OMG, that HAS to be a 'Libra thing' because it's the same way with me....people are gonna FIND me. It's like I'm a MAGNET for Chatty Kathy's - HA! Even if I'm standing in line at the grocery store, people will just automatically start talking to me - and sometimes they'll start talking to me about very personal things in their lives, as if I am their best and closest friend.


    Yup...gotta be a Libra thing!


    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Have a most excellent week! Hope your leg is mending well.


    ((((((( You )))))))


    X

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  23. Ron, that last photo is so cool, dude! I sat here staring at it for a few minutes because it drew me in. Yes, it does look like four ghosts! I could so see that photo on a book cover or album cover.


    Whether you take photographs of things, places or people, you really have a magical way with a camera, I'm not kidding. That first one of the snow is so powerfully emotional, and the one on the corner of 18th and Locust is a classic!


    Have you ever considered publishing your photographs?

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  24. Hiya Matt~


    Thanks so much for your supportive words :) I truly love taking photographs, but mainly do it by intuition and through trial and error because I have no formal training. For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to taking photos because I like observing things.


    I at one time tried publishing my photographs via Zazzle and Cafe Express, by creating calendars and products, but found it so utterly confusing on how to it. I may use my photographs for a E-book I'm thinking about publishing. But it's not a photography book, but rather a book on blogging. So, we'll see.


    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER week!

    X

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  25. That first one looks suspiciously like a chalk outline. Are you sure you didn't stumble upon a crime scene by mistake?

    it's a beautifully choreographed movement that you intuitively tune into and dance with.



    LOVE this description of the NYC! Even though I've only been there a few times in my life, you are so right. I fell into that rhythm myself last time, and even started crossing the street in front of oncoming taxi cabs. Not because I had a death wish, but in the city like that, I swear it feels like survival of the fittest. It's all part of the ebb and flow.


    Great pics, love them all, love LOVE, love the idea of Europe. Carry on, my friend!

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  26. That last photo is VERY creepy! I have always avoided taking photos of people in public, but I read something rather interesting on that subject.

    It appears that if you take a photo of anyone in a public place, you are legally OK to publish it. I was surprised by that. I always thought you were abusing their right to privacy, but they are in a public place, so it's fine. I think I may change my attitude to it in future, because people do make a huge difference to photographs.

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  27. Angelia SimsMay 06, 2013

    I love, love, LOVE people watching. It is hard for me to go to a sporting event, because I watch people instead of the game! Well, it's hard to keep up with the game. HA. My favorite people watching (and I snapped some photos) was of a La Crosse game in St. Paul Minnesota. The fans were awesome!

    I really like that snow photo. It does have depth and feeling to it. These are all great! And the young kids call this "creeping".

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  28. "That first one looks suspiciously like a chalk outline. Are you sure you didn't stumble upon a crime scene by mistake?"

    Bwhahahahahahaha!!!! Mark, you are HILARIOUS, man! OMG...that comment was STELLAR!! I took that shot just yesterday, while I was sitting in a park. I saw that sidewalk chalk drawing, and instantly knew it would be the opening photo for this post because it was perfect. Those drawings were everywhere, but that was the only one of a PERSON.

    " I fell into that rhythm myself last time, and even started crossing the street in front of oncoming taxi cabs. Not because I had a death wish, but in the city like that, I swear it feels like survival of the fittest."



    Yup, you said it....survival of the fittest! But it's odd, for all the insanity and movement in that city, it feels so comfortable and enjoyable to me. It's truly my favorite city on the east coast.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a faaaaaabulous week!


    X to you and Tara!

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  29. Hiya Babs!

    Yes, isn't that last photo CREEPY?? I saw that one day, while walking down a residential street and just had to take a picture.

    "t appears that if you take a photo of anyone in a public place, you are legally OK to publish it. I was surprised by that. I always thought you were abusing their right to privacy, but they are in a public place, so it's fine."



    THANK YOU for sharing that, my friend!!!! I know many people feel as though it's abusing privacy, but I feel as long as I don't share any personal identity, why not? I've seen people taking my picture, and it never bothered me. And when you live in a city, people are EVERYONE, so it's almost impossible NOT to get them in a photograph.


    Have a SUPER week, my friend, and thank you for stopping by today!


    X to you and Mo!

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  30. Hellooooooo Angelia!

    "I love, love, LOVE people watching. It is hard for me to go to a sporting event, because I watch people instead of the game!"



    HA! Isn't people watching the BEST? Yes, and I can only imagine what it must be like to be at a game and see all those people!


    I took that shot of the snow when we had our last snowfall of the winter. It snowed hard that day, but didn't last.


    Always a delight to see ya, my friend. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a terrific week!

    X

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  31. Ron, I always enjoy your photography posts. And not only your photos, but the interesting bits of dialogue you weave between them. I laughed my ass off about the dogs being wild boars! What kind of dogs are they? One looks like a beagle and the other a terrier of some kind.


    That first photo of the snow is really awesome because it looks like a single frame of a moving picture. And the last one is creepy, but so COOL!


    Love the view from your apartment window!

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  32. Jay of The Depp EffectMay 06, 2013

    Great pictures, Ron - and yes, that last one IS creepy!

    It's funny, but most of the time I try very, very hard NOT to get people in my pictures. But every now and then I do take some candid shots which just appeal to me. Just my luck that often those people will just up and leave as I raise the camera almost as if they can feel the lense boring holes in their backs!

    I find older people most interesting, I have to say. I have a great one of four older Italian women sitting on a bench in Riomaggiore, Italy. It's not as sharp as it might be, but I still love it.


    I agree with you; it's not really possible to take photos in any public place these days without people in them. Even trying to take a shot of your husband/wife/partner/children you run the risk of a nameless stranger peering directly into your view from over a shoulder. You know what? Tough luck. I wouldn't put one like that up for sale, and I'd be careful choosing which to post on my blog, but if you've watched me take your picture, then you know I did it, and it's up to you to register a protest AT THE TIME. I call it 'tacit consent' if you don't.

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  33. Hey ho Robert!

    Thank you. :) Actually, my favorite part of sharing these photo posts is narrative dialogue in between because I think it adds something to the photo - a story.

    "What kind of dogs are they? One looks like a beagle and the other a terrier of some kind."

    They are both Jack Russell's. And OMG...are they FEISTY!

    "That first photo of the snow is really awesome because it looks like a single frame of a moving picture."

    Hey, you're right...it does look like single frame of a moving picture! It's so interesting to read everyone's take on photos because we all see something different and unique!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy! Have a fantabulous week!

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  34. Hey Jay!

    Thank you :) And yes, isn't that last one CREEEEEPY????

    "I find older people most interesting, I have to say. I have a great one of four older Italian women sitting on a bench in Riomaggiore, Italy. It's not as sharp as it might be, but I still love it."

    That photo sounds AWESOME! Yup! I TOTALLY agree, older people are MOST interesting, simply because of the richness and wisdom of their age. And it's funny you mentioned that because I would like to do a post JUST on older people I spot in the city.

    " I wouldn't put one like that up for sale, and I'd be careful choosing which to post on my blog, but if you've watched me take your picture, then you know I did it, and it's up to you to register a protest AT THE TIME. I call it 'tacit consent' if you don't."

    Exactly. And I agree. I don't know whether you read Babs comment, but she said that it's totally legal to publish a photo with people in them, if it's in a public place.



    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful week!


    X

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  35. Herman TurnipMay 06, 2013

    Living in the city seems to provide some excellent camera fodder. Great pics! The one that had me the most curious was the one from the 18th Street. That woman has an very interesting look, and seems to be preoccupied with some heavy thoughts. I wonder what she's thinking about?



    And I didn't realize that you live smack dab in the middle of such a vibrant street scene. That's awesome! Looks like you can jet on down for some great festival food whenever there's one in town!

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  36. Hey Herman~

    "Living in the city seems to provide some excellent camera fodder."

    Yes, it does. There always seems to be something INTERESTING to capture on film. I try to have my camera with me at all times, just in case I spot something that caught my eye.

    "That woman has an very interesting look, and seems to be preoccupied with some heavy thoughts. I wonder what she's thinking about?"

    I agree, there is something about the way she looks - as though she's in deep thought and waiting for someone. I saw her across the street and had to snap her. I cropped the hell out of that photo to get a real CLOSE UP.

    "And I didn't realize that you live smack dab in the middle of such a vibrant street scene."

    I live in what's called, Center City, Philadelphia. It's such a convenient place to live because it's close to everything, Including my job. There are TONS of restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops around. One draw back though - it's VERY noisy on the weekends and during the summer months. But hey, you can't have everything, right?

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Have a SUPER week!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  37. I had feeling one of them was a terrier. But for some reason, the one in front looked a BEAGLE to me?! Yes, Jack Russell's are feisty.


    And I forgot to mention in my first comment that I love the chalk drawing at the top of the post!

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  38. I don't think there is anyone in the world who takes as many pictures of people as I do Ron! Except maybe my daughter...she seems to have inherited that from me. I find it fascinating to just plunk myself down on a bench somewhere and people watch!! Key West is one of my most favorite places to do that...Oh the stories I could tell about the afternoon we spent with two drunk guys and their "friend" who kept trying to dump some sort of pills in their mouths!! We were supposed to be watching the Offshore PowerBoat Races, but let me tell you we were watching our very own Freak Show! Talk about hilarious!! OMG!! I still laugh thinking about it...every single time!! Someday I am going to spend New Years Eve there...I hope!! I love all of your pictures of people...that last one is awesomely (is that even a word???) COOL!! xo Jeanne

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  39. That shot of the 2 women having lunch? Perfection.

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  40. Helloooooooo Jeanne!

    "I don't think there is anyone in the world who takes as many pictures of people as I do Ron!"

    Yaaaaaaaaaay! Don't people make pictures so interesting? It's like a story within a photo.

    " I could tell about the afternoon we spent with two drunk guys and their "friend" who kept trying to dump some sort of pills in their mouths!! We were supposed to be watching the Offshore PowerBoat Races, but let me tell you we were watching our very own Freak Show! Talk about hilarious!!"



    OMG...how faaaaaaaaaabulous!!! That sounded much more interesting and fun than a boat race! Having lived in Florida for 20 years, I visited Key West many times and it's such a great place because it's like a other world.


    Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a supa' week!


    X to you and the girlz!

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  41. Greetings Leah!

    Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a comment. So nice to meet you!

    Yes, you're right...because there are so many thoughts going on and body language with people in them, makes it quite interesting.



    People had a certain 'life force' to a photograph.


    Have an awesome week, Leah!

    X

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  42. People stories are always so interesting! I often wonder about what the back stories are of the people I observe as well. People watching is one of my favorite past times...especially on the beach! Hope you're having a fantastically fun week!

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  43. Good morning Lisa!

    " People watching is one of my favorite past times...especially on the beach!"

    Yes, I agree! When I lived Florida and spent hours at the beach, people watching was a fav of mine because you see all sorts of people with all sorts of imaginary back stories!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a lovely week!

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  44. Brilliant, Ron!! I live in one of those rural areas where people-watching and -photographing isn't anonymous. I'm also reluctant to ask strangers if I can snap their pictures!! Thankfully, you don't share these hang-ups and can provide us with captivating glimpses into your world.


    Loved your story about those two "tiger dogs." How funny! My Sheltie is always wary of little dogs. The big ones seem more predisposed toward gentleness; it's the tiny ones who snarl and try to snap!!


    Your first photo makes me shiver, remembering how COLD winter was! And I've never seen photos that large in the windows of a house -- interesting window treatment, huh?!

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  45. Good morning Debbie!

    What I love about urban life is that you can be surrounded by people, but at the same time, be anonymous if you wish. And it's even more so in a city like NY. And people in NY could care less if you take their picture.

    " My Sheltie is always wary of little dogs. The big ones seem more predisposed toward gentleness; it's the tiny ones who snarl and try to snap!!"

    OMG...are you ever RIGHT! My family had a small Yorkie-Poo (half yorkshire, half poodle) at one time, and he was THE most feisty and aggressive dogs we ever had. We mainly had German Shepherds, which are such amazing dogs, and very gentle. But this one dog, Kino, was a terror - HA!

    "And I've never seen photos that large in the windows of a house -- interesting window treatment, huh?!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHHA! Love it....interesting WINDOW TREATMENT!!! You said it!

    Always a delight to see ya, dear lady. Have a glorious week!

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  46. Hey Ron. I love looking at photos of people, especially street photography. For some reason other photographers make people seem more interesting than I would. I like the photo of the man with the dogs, I sometimes wonder if peeps think I'm taking a photo of the person's butt. Ha! And yes, the last pic looks creepy. Boo!

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  47. Hey V Girl~

    ".... especially street photography."

    Meeeeeeee too! Street photography is the coolest because you can capture some very interesting, humorous, and strange things. Especially in a city like NY.

    " I like the photo of the man with the dogs, I sometimes wonder if peeps think I'm taking a photo of the person's butt."

    HA! I took that photo at the end of the summer, sometime in Sept. I think. I took several, but that was the only one that didn't come out blurry.

    Yes, isn't that last pic CREEPY??

    Thanks for stopping by, Val. Hope you're having a FABU week!

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  48. I LOVE YOUR PICTURES SO MUCH. My FAVORITE of these is the women in the cafe. WOW. I am a sucker for photos where part is out of focus on purpose to highlight what is IN focus. (aperture... my favorite setting!)


    You have got a GOOD camera and you know how to use it WELL.


    The festival is intriguing too... below your apartment.


    Do you ever get tired of so many people and so much movement? Or is it just normal?

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  49. Helloooooooo Katherine!

    Aw, thank you :)

    "My FAVORITE of these is the women in the cafe. WOW. I am a sucker for photos where part is out of focus on purpose to highlight what is IN focus. (aperture... my favorite setting!)"

    It's so funny, that photo came out that way TOTALLY accidental because I never changed the setting on my camera. I don't know HOW that came out that way, it just happened - HA!

    "Do you ever get tired of so many people and so much movement? Or is it just normal?"

    Yes, I do sometimes. Which is why I will take a train trip out to the burbs occasionally and get away from it. Overall, I LOVE living in a city, but I do need a balance of peace and quiet.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're having a most EXCELLENT week!

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  50. I have to admit, I'm chomping at the bit to get to the patio sidewalk with that sidewalk chalk--and I'm gonna make a robot man!! Though I doubt it'll look like the one you captured. LOL How cool is THAT one!!!!
    Have an awesome week, sir.

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  51. "--and I'm gonna make a robot man!! Though I doubt it'll look like the one you captured. LOL How cool is THAT one!!!!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! Isn't that sidewalk chalk robot man faaaaaabulous? I was SO thinking of YOU when I saw that on Sunday afternoon - I just HAD to snap it!

    Have an awesome week, dear lady!

    ((((((( You ))))))

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  52. Dianne WilsonMay 08, 2013

    wow wow wow
    I have a favorite thing about every shot
    I too love the blur in the snowy sad shot
    I think the dogs are hilarious and their owner has the same butt as they do
    NYC and Phila and street fairs!! Oh my!!


    wonderful work
    hugs from me and Hope

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  53. Hey there Lady Dianne!

    "I too love the blur in the snowy sad shot."

    Thank you. Yes, it is a sad shot, isn't it? I caught that while I was walking out of a CVS one afternoon, after we had our last snowfall.

    "I think the dogs are hilarious and their owner has the same butt as they do"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! You said it!!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're having a swell week!

    X and hugs to you, Hope, Siren, and Isadora!

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  54. I absolutely love to people watch, however, I don't generally take toooo many pictures of strangers if I can help it. There have been times I've asked if it was okay to take a picture if I'm not sure whether the person would be okay about it. Or if I get a shot that I want to post, sometimes I might try to blur their face a bit. I remember years ago that a friend of mine had come to visit me at a craft fair and was taking assorted pictures. It was crowded and there was a lot to see and do. I seem to remember a parent getting very upset and reporting my friend to security and I think she even had to show the cop what photos she'd taken. It was very awkward for her. She was not photographing any one in particular and for crowd type scenes you can't really get everyone's permission but there are people who do get upset about it, especially if children are involved. At my grandson's school I think the parents are asked to sign a form allowing field trip type shots to be published in the local paper.
    Of course, we are being viewed by surveillance cameras constantly... in all the stores we go into, at most traffic lights, etc. I don't think it can be avoided today.
    Also, while some might get upset, there are also those who would probably be flattered to have their photo taken.


    Your photos are all in good taste. They are not close ups. And no one is doing anything embarrassing. They are all just nice photos of city life. So, I approve. haha!!

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  55. Hellooooooooooooo Mary!

    " She was not photographing any one in particular and for crowd type scenes you can't really get everyone's permission but there are people who do get upset about it, especially if children are involved."

    Absolutely, and I can totally understand when it comes to children. Parents (and rightfully so) get a bit leery over people taking photographs of their children, which is something I would NEVER do.

    "Of course, we are being viewed by surveillance cameras constantly... in all the stores we go into, at most traffic lights, etc. I don't think it can be avoided today."



    Bingo! And also, with camera phones, you really can't tell if someone might be taking your photograph or not?!


    As I shared in my comments, there are ways of taking photos of people and being respectful about identity and not trashing or ridiculing them.


    And I don't know whether you read Babs comment, but apparently it is okay and legal to post photos of people if they are in a public place with other people.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor. Always a delight to read your comments! Hope you're having a FABU week!

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  56. I think my comments are in moderation.

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  57. Oh, Ron! These are fabulous! Seriously wonderful.

    But my FAVORITE one is peeking through a gate at two women having lunch in a cafe.

    WOW!

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  58. HAHAHAHAHHAHA! OMG...you are TOOOOOO funny, Val!


    Yes, you're comment is a few below. Glad you found it!


    Although, Disqus is going through another update on its interface, so I AM having some issues with comments going through and being held in moderation.


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  59. Aw...thank you, Meleah :)


    "But my FAVORITE one is peeking through a gate at two women having lunch in a cafe."


    That one came out totally unplanned. I have no idea how I did that - HA!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl!

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  60. I think because there are so many thoughts going on and body language with people in them, makes it quite interesting to me too :) Lovely blog :D

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  61. Good morning Cheryl!


    Thank you, dear lady :)


    I felt like "I Spy" HA!


    Hope you're having a FAB week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  62. Yup, you're right! The dog in the front does look like a beagle and different from the one behind.


    The chalk photo I took last minute yesterday, when I saw it on the ground in a park. Isn't it a CUTE drawing!!!

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