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Tony from The Upper East Side

(36/100 Strangers) "That's a great picture," he said. Tony had taken nearly the same shot the day before, and he pulled it up on his phone. Tony is a doorman at a fancy building on the Upper East Side. He was born in The Bronx and grew up in Westchester. "The Bronx, Westchester, and now here? I'm moving up." We spoke of people better off than us, but Tony says that here, even the rich see people around them, and are greatful. He is, too. After spending a year on unemployment, "I freaked out, and had to start looking for a job. I'm glad I found this. It was hard to be motivated while I was making $300 a week to sit around, but not after that ran out." Tony is also the super for his dad's building. "Without my dad, I'm not sure how successful I'd be." Tony had a lot to say, and we spent about 20 minutes talking in front of his building. Thanks for taking the time out, Tony. -- From a technical aspect, Tony had the idea to glance away, although we tried both shots. The light here is pretty much untouched on Tony, with a bit of burning in the right of the background, to keep things a bit flat.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 1/160 sec
  • f/2.8
  • 70mm
  • ISO 1600
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