September 23, 2014
Frankie, in Astoria on Flickr.(55/100 Strangers)  
“I’m trying this look now,” Frankie told me, referring to his long hair.  
Frankie and his friend Rocco have been back in New York for 4 months to the day, when I met them outside the Astoria Koffman Studios, on the edge of Astoria and Long Island City.  
They’re both actors, and had moved back from Florida. “I lived in New York in the 70’s. It was very different then.”  
Frankie is a character actor, and during that time, played parts in movies such as Taxi Driver and Saturday Night Fever.  
He finds himself talking to a lot of strangers, including me. “Here in New York, when you talk to people, they look at you funny, like ‘What do you want from me.’ But that’s a whole other discussion.”  
After leaving New York, he spend 20 years working on a cruise ship. In some cases, even there, people had a muted version of the same reaction when Frankie would start talking to them, “but they saw the cruise director uniform, and [it all made sense].” 
Now Frankie and Rocco are back here. He lives in Manhattan, and is trying out parts. I asked him how stressful it is trying for parts where an inch or 10 pounds makes a different. 
 “It’s stressful, but it doesn’t bother me [like it used to]. I tired out for a dead body, but I guess they wanted someone bigger.”  
I’m not sure if he was kidding, but he offered some real insight, and it was fascinating talking to him. He showed me a few of his character looks for a part he was trying out for. He was warm, funny and had a lot to say. Talking with he and Rocco was definitely the best part of my day. Thanks for taking the time, Frankie, and good luck in your next audition! 
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This picture is #55 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

Frankie, in Astoria on Flickr.

(55/100 Strangers)

“I’m trying this look now,” Frankie told me, referring to his long hair.

Frankie and his friend Rocco have been back in New York for 4 months to the day, when I met them outside the Astoria Koffman Studios, on the edge of Astoria and Long Island City.

They’re both actors, and had moved back from Florida. “I lived in New York in the 70’s. It was very different then.”

Frankie is a character actor, and during that time, played parts in movies such as Taxi Driver and Saturday Night Fever.

He finds himself talking to a lot of strangers, including me. “Here in New York, when you talk to people, they look at you funny, like ‘What do you want from me.’ But that’s a whole other discussion.”

After leaving New York, he spend 20 years working on a cruise ship. In some cases, even there, people had a muted version of the same reaction when Frankie would start talking to them, “but they saw the cruise director uniform, and [it all made sense].”

Now Frankie and Rocco are back here. He lives in Manhattan, and is trying out parts. I asked him how stressful it is trying for parts where an inch or 10 pounds makes a different.

“It’s stressful, but it doesn’t bother me [like it used to]. I tired out for a dead body, but I guess they wanted someone bigger.”

I’m not sure if he was kidding, but he offered some real insight, and it was fascinating talking to him. He showed me a few of his character looks for a part he was trying out for. He was warm, funny and had a lot to say. Talking with he and Rocco was definitely the best part of my day. Thanks for taking the time, Frankie, and good luck in your next audition!



This picture is #55 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

September 18, 2014
San Genero Alleys on Flickr.Sept 17th, 2014. Mulberry St, Little Italy, Manhattan.

San Genero Alleys on Flickr.

Sept 17th, 2014. Mulberry St, Little Italy, Manhattan.

September 18, 2014
Untitled on Flickr.Coming soon…

Untitled on Flickr.

Coming soon…

August 19, 2014
Saturday Sets on Redhook on Flickr.

Saturday Sets on Redhook on Flickr.

July 30, 2014
Saint Andre on Flickr.6th Arrondissement, Paris. May 2014.

Saint Andre on Flickr.

6th Arrondissement, Paris. May 2014.

May 11, 2014
Barclay, from Panama, at Pier 15 on Flickr.(54/100 Strangers) 
“I’m from Panama. You know the Panama Canal?”, Barclay asked me. 21 years ago, he moved to New York, after Noreiga was arrested. “I was his bodyguard.” 
He’s retired now, but he worked for the Grand Central Post Office. When I asked him if he missed Panama, he told me he’s much better life now then he ever did there. I met him on the eve of Mother’s Day, but he was already celebrating, despite being the only one alive from his family, aside from a sister (still in Panama). We spoke for quite a while. He had a lot to say on the latest news, and pulled out the paper to discuss recent stories. “I like to read,” he told me. We spoke about the owner of the LA Clippers, President Obama, and Hillary running for office. He also liked hear about me, and told me he loves meeting people. He was a bit distraught about how people let unsavory things trip them up, but seemed will to give many people a fair shot. 
When complimenting him on his attire, Barclay told me he dresses this way every day.
This picture is #54 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

Barclay, from Panama, at Pier 15 on Flickr.

(54/100 Strangers)

“I’m from Panama. You know the Panama Canal?”, Barclay asked me. 21 years ago, he moved to New York, after Noreiga was arrested. “I was his bodyguard.”

He’s retired now, but he worked for the Grand Central Post Office. When I asked him if he missed Panama, he told me he’s much better life now then he ever did there. I met him on the eve of Mother’s Day, but he was already celebrating, despite being the only one alive from his family, aside from a sister (still in Panama). We spoke for quite a while. He had a lot to say on the latest news, and pulled out the paper to discuss recent stories. “I like to read,” he told me. We spoke about the owner of the LA Clippers, President Obama, and Hillary running for office. He also liked hear about me, and told me he loves meeting people. He was a bit distraught about how people let unsavory things trip them up, but seemed will to give many people a fair shot.

When complimenting him on his attire, Barclay told me he dresses this way every day.

This picture is #54 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

May 7, 2014
A Walk Below the BQE on Flickr.April 26th, 2014. Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Sunset Park.

A Walk Below the BQE on Flickr.

April 26th, 2014. Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Sunset Park.

May 6, 2014
North East on Flickr.April 2nd, 2014. Stuytown, Manhattan, NYC.

North East on Flickr.

April 2nd, 2014. Stuytown, Manhattan, NYC.

May 6, 2014
4th Avenue Showers on Flickr.April 15th, 2014. Astor Place, Manhattan.

4th Avenue Showers on Flickr.

April 15th, 2014. Astor Place, Manhattan.

May 5, 2014
Stevie in Dumbo, from Beijing on Flickr.(53/100 Strangers) Originally from Beijing, I ran across Stevie in Dumbo, admiring the Manhattan Bridge. She’s a model, and had just finished up a photo shoot.  — Even as a candid, Stevie drew everyone’s attention, seeming to fit right in the with towering manhattan bridge, and the cast iron gates. I just had to ask for her photo. — Stevie came to New York to work on he BA in Fashion Management, and has been modeling for the last 2 years, as she finishes up her degree in Midtown. When not of the set, she resides just across the Hudson near Jersey City. 
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This picture is #53 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

Stevie in Dumbo, from Beijing on Flickr.

(53/100 Strangers) Originally from Beijing, I ran across Stevie in Dumbo, admiring the Manhattan Bridge. She’s a model, and had just finished up a photo shoot. — Even as a candid, Stevie drew everyone’s attention, seeming to fit right in the with towering manhattan bridge, and the cast iron gates. I just had to ask for her photo. — Stevie came to New York to work on he BA in Fashion Management, and has been modeling for the last 2 years, as she finishes up her degree in Midtown. When not of the set, she resides just across the Hudson near Jersey City.



This picture is #53 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

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