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Kaylani, of London, from Queens

(48/100 Strangers) Kaylani and I started talking on a bench in the subway. The Halloween parade had shut down the station at West 4th, and we were both headed to Queens. Her daughter would say she talks too much, but we all think that about our parents. I know I did.

A native of The UK, she spent 5 years dancing in one of the best clubs in London. Feathers and all that. She came to the US with her now husband at least 20 years ago, and has a daughter who does theater in Florida. Born a country girl, she hitched a ride in a lorri as soon as she could, and headed for London. She's been a city girl ever since.

We were both having a bit of a sour end to our day before striking up our conversation. She rode local for a few extra stops so we could continue our conversation. I asked he about her move to a foreign place, and she told me that, at first, she cried all the time. Slowly, she adjusted. In a way, I think she helped my own feelings towards adjusting to a new city. I really felt a nice connection with her, and probably could have talked for hours.

Once, while doing her makeup in Cony Island, a girl asked to take her portrait. She said the sea was lovely, and that the picture must have come out nice. I asked her if she ever saw the picture. She told me no, but that it would have been nice. I should remember to send here this picture, as proof to her daughter that people are always asking for her photo.


This picture is #48 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

About this Photo

Taken on October 31, 2013

100 strangers, 365, new york, people, portrait, r train, stranger, subway

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 1/250 sec
  • f/2
  • 50mm
  • ISO 1600
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