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August 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm
You’re killing it with the black and white candids!
I’m really surprised you don’t have more photos in your index on the bridge! Interesting!
August 9, 2012 at 2:22 am
Yes! I love the black and white and the setting of this photo.
August 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm
Another great depiction of urban freedom and finding your own way and place in the city.
Wandering Minds fashion
August 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm
I love how he is playing towards the fence, as if he is practicing away from the street. He isn’t street performing, he has stopped his bike ride just to hash out a strain of melody that is coursing through his thoughts.
une chatte grise
August 9, 2012 at 3:32 am
I was thinking something similar but not as eloquently. :)
August 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm
August 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Good call. As Monk introduced him, “Coltrane, Coltrane!”
August 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm
A timeless shot.
August 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm
This black and white photo is flawless and gives that “Manhattan” vibe that I love. The perspective is fantastic and the focus perfect.
As for the young sax player (sax is my favorite instrument in jazz), he blends beautifully with the background and adds nostalgia.
At first glance, I thought the things coming out of the left fence were fingers !!!
August 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm
While it is certainly a tad warm here in NYC, can’t say it’s enough of an excuse to look this way. Maybe he’s headed for a dip after his set. Eyesore of the day.
August 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm
I totally agree. There is never a time to go shirtless. But, I still love the NYC vibe the photo reflects.
August 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Disagree. Far many real eyesores. The man is handsome and it seems has only just removed the shirt moments ago and thrown in across the seat of the bicycle to catch a break from the heat. One would urge those who find skin offensive to stay out of the park.
August 9, 2012 at 11:05 am
don’t find skin offensive….just him in this situation. And granted there are many more ‘eyesores’ around…I choose not to lower my standards because others have. Not my style. Now it is safe to go into the park!
August 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm
I think I don’t like your style nor your standards.
August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm
Style is individually to each person. Standards are by which we operate more or less appropriately. This look individually is just not right…clearly not for me. Maybe if I were at the beach or washing my car.
August 16, 2012 at 3:38 am
Well, the bearchested men in the summer are not so rare or explicitly despised. It’s just slightly shocking. But I coudn’t exclude some of handsome strangers from my district.
August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Love the life of this picture…makes me wanna go to NY!
Amazing picture, love the perspective!
August 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm
These black and whites are amazing.
August 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm
LOVE the black and white
August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm
Seems like he just stopped everything and started playing.
August 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm
love the back drop cute
August 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Manhattan semble si calme…
Thx from Paris
This picture makes me be romantic. Don’t know why …
August 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm
This is almost sad. A very lonely image. Like he’s playing a song that only he can hear.
August 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm
August 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm
I kind of really love this!
August 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm
Jazz is in the air, music is everywhere !
August 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm
My immediate thought seeing this picture is this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws&noredirect=1 Really love the no shirt and him playing music…so saxual!
August 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm
August 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Midsummer Bridge song ;)
What an interesting picture, love the black and white as well as the background! Excellent photo!
THE STEL STYLE
August 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Wow, what a wonderful perspective !
The Guilty Hyena
August 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm
Makes me want to fly out to NY.
August 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm
Makes me want to do so as well.
August 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm
I not only hear the sound of the sax but I also see it in the beautiful perspective. Picture is a masterpiece.
Greetings from Amsterdam.
August 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm
Nice to see the black and white. Very nicely composed shot. And that fellow is quite saxxy too…..
August 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm
August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Can’t beat a black and white candid. Xx
August 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Black and White perfection!
August 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Stunning picture! Love the street that is so empty in combination with the man and his instrument.
August 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm
August 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm
Shades of Sonny Rollins – albeit one bridge south.
August 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm
You find the best subjects!
August 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm
Love all of the black and whites you have been posting!
I would love to know what this guy is thinking about…. love, a wide open grassy field, or maybe how terrible Chick Fil A is. (Joking about the last one..) That’s what I love about your portraits. It leads the viewer to curiosity about the subject.
Whenever I hear saxophone players in the city, it always takes me back to my New Orleans roots. So soothing.
August 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm
Nothing more beautiful then a black and white candid!
I love the strong lines in this photo. It captures the atmosphere of the city so well and it’s such a great, candid moment. Looking at it, I feel as if I’ve stumbled across the sax player myself. Like Melissa said before me, it reminds me of my roots, too; you could always count on hearing a few saxophone or trumpet players in downtown Chicago.
August 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm
I overlooked this pic at first, but now I can’t stop looking at it. Its got so much mood.
August 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Sartorialist aka Humans of New York…..
August 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm
August 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Nice shot. I wonder where all the comments are about him in a “blah” outfit, not being well-dressed, etc. etc. are…you know, just like the bitchy comments about the young lady in Milan. Odd, nobody’s faulting him for not being “fashionable”. Does being an NYC ‘er give one immunity?
Hmmm, I wonder.
August 9, 2012 at 4:33 am
no, its because he’s a man.
August 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm
Thx, jill. Got it.
August 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm
Maybe used to seeing this type of city wear in the summer in New York. Or, what makes it interesting is the sax.
August 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm
oh yeah now this is the sweet spot.
off to the side of pathway and bouncing sax off blocks.
can you dig it?
August 9, 2012 at 12:31 am
Одинокий музыкант… навивает грусть
August 9, 2012 at 2:26 am
Wow, great captured!
August 9, 2012 at 3:24 am
Only in New York…..God I love that place!!!
August 9, 2012 at 5:51 am
You would never get a picture like this in London. If that photo was taken on Waterloo Bridge the lad would not have the body of a Greek God but of a slightly asthmatic geek with sailor tattoos and in the background you would see a community officer in a high visibility vest striding over to move him along, ha, ha!
August 9, 2012 at 6:15 am
forget about technique and all that jazz… a good photo is one that brings a moment alive, makes you feel like you’re there. or one that brings out the beauty in the subject. that’s what photography should be about and i think a lot of people forget that. but the pictures on this blog make me want to hop on a plane and go explore new york :)
August 9, 2012 at 8:19 am
This just had to be Manhattan. No where else can you find something so simple, but with so much attitude.
August 9, 2012 at 10:32 am
great black & white picture!
August 9, 2012 at 10:45 am
The name of the saxophonist is BEN VAN GELDER… he’s fantastic
Ben van Gelder
August 9, 2012 at 11:41 am
Very cool to come across this! Thanks for the beautiful picture.
August 15, 2012 at 8:33 am
what an unexpected moment and way to see you again!
August 9, 2012 at 11:43 am
Very cool to come across this. Thank you for the beautiful picture.
August 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm
August 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm
LOVE your pics!:)
August 10, 2012 at 3:24 am
He’s really cool!
August 10, 2012 at 10:17 am
August 12, 2012 at 4:09 am
I swear, foreigners must look at these beautiful images of NYC and think that saxophone players just materialize on the streets of Manhattan! A classic!
August 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm
I gotta say… that after following your work for a couple of years now, this has got to be my favorite picture you’ve snapped, Scott.
It’s amazing how unique and fleeting this moment seems, how careless Ben Van Gelder looks. And… bonus, before seeing this photo, I didn’t know he existed, but I’m listening to his music now and I love it. Before knowing who he was, this photo made me wish I knew him and his story.
Keep up the good work, everyone.
August 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm
This photo reminds me of when Carrie had to walk home from Brooklyn after hooking up with the jazz man with A.D.D. Something tells me she woulda tipped this young lad.
August 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm
Love this picture! Awesome!