While many street photographers capture their subjects in candid moments through stealthy almost clandestine means, photographer Brandon Stanton takes a different tact. Instead of taking pictures of people who may be unaware of the photographer’s presence he takes quick portraits of his subjects. Most are looking directly into the camera fully aware of what he is doing.

In a recent interview on the website Reddit, Stanton says that he lost his job in finance in Chicago three years ago. He then moved to New York with the goal of photographing people on the street. He started his blog Humans of New York (or HONY for short) to which he’s posted thousands of photos of New Yorkers. Though not street photography in its true sense (more like street portraiture), he does capture the inner nature subjects.

On our trip to New York, my daughter and I arrived well after dark after a long plane ride. We checked into our hotel in the financial district of Manhattan and had a quick dinner. We were a bit too tired, and it was a bit too late to start to do some full-fledged sightseeing, but we decided to walk around the immediate area.

I took a rather boring picture of the exterior of the Trump Building on Wall Street. The two women walked out of one of its revolving doors. One of them shouted “Wait!” to me in a take-a-picture-of-me sort of tone. She took off her coat and handed it to her friend, revealing an elegant evening dress. Her friend stepped out of the way (I guessed this must happen to her quite often) and the first woman struck a pose for me. A guy walked past behind her toward the door and I included him in the shot to add a little serendipitous spontaneity to the scene.

I pressed the shutter button and got a Humans of New York shot of my own.

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