Day 30 Stranger- Paul 63, Controller

Best Piece of Advice: “Stay Young” ©Katarina Kojic

“Don’t get old. Don’t be a stick in the mud.” ©Katarina Kojic

We were at the Great Lawn in Central Park with what seemed like every other New Yorker who hadn’t left the city for a vacation home. We were nibbling cheese, drinking wine, (unless it’s illegal to do that in the park, in which case we were drinking ginger ale) and waiting to hear the Philharmonic play. I was looking around for someone to photograph and I decided on the man sitting behind me. I looked at his wife and after a few questions, we realized we had been in an improv class together many years ago. In a sea of thousands, seeking out a stranger to photograph, I happened upon an old acquaintance and her husband. New York is a small town.

So on the very last day of my project, I may have cheated a bit. But that’s okay. I’ve decided to continue the project with a theme. To test out a theme idea on Love,  I asked Paul how they met. They laughed (or kind of groaned?) They were in an orchestra together. Gretchen still plays the Cello and Paul used to play the Viola. They were in a lawsuit together  and meeting to discuss the case was a good excuse to ask her out.



Day 29 Stranger- Eric Wyatt Saxophonist

Eric Wyatt was sitting on the steps in front of Public Theatre with his saxophone in a blue case. He had about 10 minutes before he had to leave for a gig and said he had a good story to tell me.

Eric is the Godson of Sonny Rollins. ©Katarina Kojic

“My father took me to see Miles Davis when I was about 10 years old–an experience I’ll never forget.” ©Katarina Kojic

“…There used to be a lot of girls who used to come to the rehearsal. And I was the youngest guy in the band and I remember playing a solo, and after that solo, they looked at me so differently.” ©Katarina Kojic

“When my father passed away I took it very serious. He passed away in 1989 and once he passed away, I realized I had to pursue it in a total different manner. I was professional at that point, but after that I really got focussed… I started playing his saxophone in 1991 because it was his and I didn’t touch it. I played an alto, I switched to play tenor.” ©Katarina Kojic

As a bandleader, Eric has been to Paris, Greece and to China at least 5 times. He even speaks Chinese. His father’s saxophone, which he now plays, was from Sonny Rollins. Check him out!

Day 28 Stranger: Jangbu 60, Cabdriver

Best Piece of Advice: Forgiveness

Jangbu came from Nepal 5 or 6 years ago, somehow it makes sense that his advice would be forgiveness.

Jangbu outside in the Garden Center of the Home Depot in Sunnyside. ©Katarina Kojic

He was buying flowers for his son’s wedding that they could plant later. He has married off two of his four sons. This one is the third. ©Katarina Kojic

Day 27 Strangers- Manhattan station for the Roosevelt Island Tramway.

Fatima at the Manhattan side of the Roosevelt Island Tramway. ©Katarina Kojic

She had to leave before I could get any information other than her name. If she emails me, I will update. ©Katarina Kojic

Then I met Chance, a 29-year-old fashion designer with a Skateboard. (checkout his blog

Chance at the Roosevelt Island Tramway station. ©Katarina Kojic

Chance literally just bought the skateboard from a friend who gave up trying to master it. ©Katarina Kojic

I asked him how his day was. He said it was actually a great day. Recently his shirt designs were chosen to be a part of the NY Sound Circuit at The DiMenna Center. ©Katarina Kojic

Day 26 Stranger- Jayme 24, Television Producer

Best Piece of Advice: “Never take anything personally.”

Jayme at 10th and 33rd ©Katarina Kojic

Her look caught my attention. ©Katarina Kojic

Jayme is a producer for Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer. ©Katarina Kojic

Day 25 Stranger; Arian, Pathmark worker

Best Piece of advice: “With great power comes great responsibility. So if you have great power, use it responsibly to help others.”

Arian has worked at Pathmark for about 3 years. ©Katarina Kojic

He is studying accounting. ©Katarina Kojic

Day 24 Stranger- Christina 22, Fire Inspector/Jr. Tech

Best Piece of Advice she ever got: Be considerate to other people.

Her tattoo says Aaliyah for her daughter.

Christina at Rockaway Park Beach

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