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

Day 23 Stranger-Lorraine 92 and a half- Plant Sitter & Lifelong New Yorker

Lorraine’s white bob and berry shirt caught my eye as I was riding my bike along the West Side Highway pathway. She was born February 23rd, 1920 in Brooklyn and moved to New York when she was about 2 to Washington Heights at 181st Street. They moved to 193rd Street and Broadway before there was an 8th Ave subway line, before there was a Washington Bridge, before there was a Fort Tryon Park. The area still had the stone fence from Washington’s time where she remembers having a wonderful time finding indian arrowheads. There was a farm around the corner from her when they moved in. Very few people had phones. Her father had the old Ford cars and they would drive up in the country and all the roads were dirt and if it rained they would snap something onto the sides of the car so the water wouldn’t come in. She had to climb up the hill and down the hill to go to school. Their bottles of milk (with the cream on top) were delivered by horse and buggy.  And her mother would give her 5¢ to go down to the store to buy soup greens. She had a wonderful childhood she says. And it shows!

By the way, she currently lives in a 5th floor walkup.

Lorraine injured her arm recently, otherwise, I think she would have actually climbed up. ©Katarina Kojic

She looks like a movie star. ©Katarina Kojic

The most universally feminine gesture. ©Katarina Kojic

I love this shot (partly because I see myself reflected in her glasses and hope it’s foreshadowing of my own long and vibrant life. If my mom and my Oma are any indication, signs are great!) ©Katarina Kojic

Day 22 Stranger- Brian 37, Banker/Entrepreneur

Best piece of advice he ever got: “Always say thank you.”

I met Brian at Sunshine Suites, a shared office space community that is filled with small business owners, and entrepreneurs with big dreams. I just moved into an office space here and am excited about this great community of like-minded/spirited people.

Brian helps start-up businesses, is a partner and Financial advisor with “My Fresh Pressed Shirt,” an environmentally conscious online dry cleaner, and is also the co-founder and COO of Circcle, a new interest-based social networking site. Similar to Twitter or Facebook, but filtered by what you are interested in. You can create your own topic, or follow someone elses’. Not everyone wants to spend the time to scroll past posts about a boondoggle to Cannes, photos of a beer bottle and thirteen posts with links to videos of slavic pop stars before reading about how to save abandoned dogs, which is their real passion. The site is still in Beta, but looks very promising.

ps. Thanks Brian, good luck!

You can follow Brian’s topic on Circcle -it’s about bringing start-ups to life. ©Katarina Kojic

Brian outside his office on Lafayette ©Katarina Kojic

I promised my husband I would post a crazy version of a photo. ©Katarina Kojic

Day 21 Strangers- A Broadway Dancer, Elizabeth Taylor & a Food Bank employee

I met Neil outside the park near the Pepsi Cola sign, I asked what he did. When he told me, I asked if he would show me.

Neil is a professional dancer. ©Katarina Kojic

Neil at the beginning of a series of dance moves. ©Katarina Kojic (Engin this one is for you)

He is in previews for the new Broadway Musical, Bring It On! based on the movies of the same name. He is playing the lead cheerleader’s boyfriend. ©Katarina Kojic

Taking flight just a little to the left of the Pepsi Cola Sign. ©Katarina Kojic

In my mind, this is how I look when I dance. ©Katarina Kojic (Engin this is for you too.)

Neil after showing us how it is done! Good Luck on the show! ©Katarina Kojic

Neil is another person I could have spent all day photographing. He is an amazing dancer! ©Katarina Kojic

Neils piece of advice: “Don’t worry about everyone else. Just literally do your own thing and the world will take care of itself.”

I couldn’t have been happier after my brief but exhausting (for Neil) session with Neil. So many people were out to watch the fireworks and my husband and I were enjoying the walk along the waterfront parks in LIC. But I passed these two girls and just had to return to ask for their photo. They were so cute and had a great energy. And guys, they are single. If you are interested in meeting either of them, send me your info and I can pass it along.

Liz 23, Waitress, about to start cosmetology school. Best piece of advice: “Be true to yourself and everything else will follow.”

Leigh 25, Food Sourcer for the Food Bank. Loves cooking. Best piece of advice: “Follow your gut. It’s always right. (doesn’t rhyme but it’s true!)”

Liz & Leigh in LIC. ©Katarina Kojic

Leigh sitting pretty. ©Katarina Kojic

Liz was a little horrified to have her photo taken. She was recently pushed down the stairs by some guy as she was exiting the subway near her home and still hasn’t had a chance to go home and shower. She’s originally from Austin, Texas and NY is giving her a hard time, literally. If you see her on the street, be extra nice. She’s a great addition to this city. ©Katarina Kojic

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