“There is nothing better than being out with a camera on a crisp September afternoon in Manhattan. After months of sweltering heat and hazy light, fall brings relief to millions of wilted New Yorkers. The light lowers and sharpens, the temperatures turn cool and invigorating, and this particular woman donned a chic and graphic coat that I would have gladly stolen right off her back. The next best thing to my felonious impulse was to photograph her, but the challenge was to avoid making a cliched picture of an older lady—or a steam pipe—much less make a compelling picture of a person’s back. Luckily, this woman was deep in conversation with a friend and didn’t notice me as I took a dozen photographs of her. I love the contrast between the orange pipe and the clear blue sky, and how her lovely cloud of white hair is echoed by the wafting steam. Carrying a multitude of women on her back, she could be the metaphorical grandmother of us all.”
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