Just before I left for my trip to New York City, I heard about the photographic series called “Humans of New York” by Brandon Stanton.  What started as a website and blog eventually turned into a book featuring the most amazing photographs of ordinary people.  I still haven’t seen the book, but I’m on the reserve list for it at my library.

Another NYC photographer, Richard Renaldi, inspires even more creativity in making portraits — he stages shots of two or more people — total strangers he meets on the streets — touching each other in intimate and formal photographs.  You can see a short YouTube video of Renaldi at work here.

I aspire to take more and better portraits of people, and although this wasn’t the focus of my forays in NYC with my camera, I did capture in my viewfinder a few “humans of New York.”  Enjoy.

Cigarette break

On break from the counter

Photographer and model on the High Line

Photographer and model on the High Line

Jazz performers at Washington Square

Jazz performers at Washington Square

Professionals in black, taken in an office building in Midtown

Professionals in black, taken in an office building in Midtown

Macaroons anyone?

Macaroons anyone?

On break at the Chelsea Market

On break at the Chelsea Market

Waiting in line for coffee, Chelsea Market  (New Yorkers have to get used to waiting in lines)

Waiting in line for coffee, Chelsea Market (New Yorkers have to get used to waiting in lines)

Clown sighting on a subway train

Clown sighting on a subway train

Man in a striped scarf in coffee shop

Man in a striped scarf in coffee shop

Photographer and squirrel in Central Park

Photographer and squirrel in Central Park

Texting and driving (do not try this at home)

Texting and driving (do not try this at home)

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Tulips, Keukenhof, Holland

Tulips, Keukenhof, Holland

“I suppose there must be one or two people in the world who choose not to like tulips, but such aberration is scarcely credible.”
— Anna Pavord, The Tulip

We came to the Netherlands in April to see the tulips, but this year’s lasting cold weather meant that the tulip season was late.  We were too early for the blooming peak.  Still, we went forward with our plans to visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, and I’m glad we did.  The gardens there were spread out over acres, and it felt like we were walking on a grand estate, with flower beds under a forest of tall trees, a lake, a hedge maze, a windmill, arbors, outdoor sculptures, and several indoor pavilions with bulbs and blooms.  I hope my photos convey the pleasures of this day trip.

Early morning sun through the leafless trees, Keukenhof

Early morning sun through the leafless trees, Keukenhof

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View across the lake

View across the lake

Tulips waiting for a bit of warmth and sunshine

Tulips waiting for a bit of warmth and sunshine

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Nearby fileds in Lisse starting to show color

Nearby fields in Lisse starting to show color

View of the adjacent flower fields from the windmill at Keukenhof

View of the adjacent flower fields from the windmill at Keukenhof

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Indoors at the Willem-Alexander pavilion the display beds were in bloom for all to enjoy.

Indoors at the Willem-Alexander pavilion the display beds were in bloom for all to enjoy.

A photographing frenzy

A photographing frenzy

Still dressed for the cold in mid-April

Still dressed for the cold in mid-April

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View of fields near Lisse from the tour bus window

View of fields near Lisse from the tour bus window

Last look at Holland from the airpolane window, my last day

Last look at Holland from the airplane window, my last day

"Tulip" by Ellsworth Kelly, 1984 from the book, Plant Drawings

“Tulip” by Ellsworth Kelly, 1984 from the book, Plant Drawings

In the tradition of art training, this is my attempt to copy Ellsworth kelly's tulip drawing

In the tradition of art training, this is my attempt to copy Ellsworth Kelly’s tulip drawing

Watercolor and ink sketch of tulip "Schoon Solffer" copied from Bratholomeus Assteryn (1607-1667) found in Anna Pavord's book, The Tulip

Watercolor and ink sketch of tulip “Schoon Solffer” copied from Bartholomeus Assteryn (1607-1667) found in Anna Pavord’s book, The Tulip

Watercolor sketch of tulips

Watercolor sketch of tulips

Another watercolor sketch of tulips

Another watercolor sketch of tulips