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The "Street Observations" Photo Blog featuring street photography and observations from photographer John Fraissinet. (Now in its 8th Year).

Monday
Feb232015

Traffic Report

The New York City Mayor de Blasio published his plan for dealing with the traffic in New York City.  Here's my photo "Organized Chaos" also called "Crossroads" on the cover of the Manhattan report.  If you want to catch up on your traffic planning, here's a link to the full report.  

Vision Zero

Wednesday
Feb112015

Harsh Cold

When it's cold everything seems a bit blue, including your own mood.  

Harsh Cold

Monday
Feb092015

Whirlpool

The activity on the corner of Wall Street and Broad circulates with the umbrellas.  

Whirlpool

Friday
Feb062015

Above Wall Street

The swirling steam floats above the New York Stock Exchange.  

Above Wall Street

Thursday
Feb052015

Storming Wall Street

Another rainy day on Wall Street, cold and damp.  I watched the activity from up the steps at Federal Hall.

Storming Wall StreetDancing in the RainNothing But YellowThe Blue Boys

Wednesday
Feb042015

Unlocked

I was surprised to see this bicycle left alone with not a lock in sight.  

Unlocked

Tuesday
Feb032015

Unimpressed

These women observe the activity on 42nd Street, but they are not the ones to be easily impressed.

Unimpressed

Monday
Feb022015

The Zoo

Skyscrapers are a series of gridded windows where occupants can be observed in their every day existence.  

The Zoo

Friday
Jan302015

The Link to Brooklyn

No, you are not going to Brooklyn, you are confined to the region of Manhattan only.  

The Link to Brooklyn

Thursday
Jan292015

Float Fans

Some people just float in and out of town and take the ferry over to New Jersey.  

Float Fans

Wednesday
Jan282015

Lower Manhattan

It was an impossibly cold day, but I needed to get some fresh air and ran out at lunch time knowing I wouldn't go far.  Across the street from my office is the red cube sculpture plaza and as I crossed the street approaching it, for the first time, I noticed that from a low angle, the "Lower Manhattan" garbage box provided a well placed title for the area and looked nice next to the cube.  Getting the angle I wanted required that I stand just off the curb in the street.  

I stood there and waited for people to work their way through the shot.  I intended to just keep sucking in the characters who went by but was waiting for the perfect shot.  After shooting for about five minutes and grabbing the shots below (and many more), a large Poland Spring water truck came by and honked me.  He wanted to park exactly where I was standing.  My perfect angle was taken from me and I went back inside.

Here are the highlights of what I got presented with some post-production variations.  

Lower Manhattan #1Lower Manhattan #2Lower Manhattan #3Lower Manhattan #4

Tuesday
Jan272015

A Dusting

Pretty much the minimal amount of snow you can get.  

A Dusting

Monday
Jan262015

Oversight

An architectural look at two buildings.  The building on the left is the primary building on Chase Manhattan Plaza, the building on the right is the Federal Reserve building.  Chase overviews the street, the Fed provides oversight to Chase.  

Oversight

Sunday
Jan252015

Skyscraper

This is 70 Pine Street, which was built in competition with the Chrysler building in the skyscraper race.  

Skyscraper70 Pine

Saturday
Jan242015

Extra Mustard

The Sabrett cart on Broadway.

Extra Mustard

Friday
Jan232015

Magic Mirror

This building's inner self is speaking.  

Magic Mirror

Thursday
Jan222015

Inspection?

First I thought this gentleman was a scavenger, but he then took his cane and stuck it into the garbage as if he was measuring its contents.  Looking closely at his raincoat shows he is an official working for the "City of New York".   I don't know why.

Inspection

Wednesday
Jan212015

Public Personal Call

I had some trouble thinking about the purpose of this picture.  Originally, I was focused on the guy who was using the phoneless public phone booth for a cell phone call.  He was positioning his leg in unusual positions (see the second shot).  Then the girl went by and I caught her in the other booth.  There is his gaze that way, kind of making it a pickup type of thing.  I thought the U-Haul truck could add some kind of angle.  But, in the end I came up blank and leave it to others to figure out.  

Public Personal Call

Contortion

Tuesday
Jan202015

Prism

Angles as viewed from the coffee truck line.  

Prism

Monday
Jan192015

Bad News

The gentleman in the center reminded me a bit of FDR.  I didn't notice the duck until I got home, otherwise I would have featured it in the shot a bit more.  

Bad NewsTime Bandits