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

Day 19 Stranger-Samvel 60, Psychology Professor at BMCC CUNY & TCI College

Best Piece of Advice: Find Peacefulness. Peace be your home.

Today, I decided to shoot first and ask questions later.

Sam coming down the stairs of the Main NYC Post Office at 8th Ave and 33rd. ©Katarina Kojic

Sam teaches Developmental, Social and Clinical Psychology. ©Katarina Kojic

I asked why he became a Psychology professor. He said he loved humanity and sees psychology as a tool to obtain human peace and social peace. ©Katarina Kojic

Sam is a member of the Professors World Peace Academy –“Developing scholarly knowledge and values for world peace.” Photo ©Katarina Kojic


Day 18 Stranger- Sho 25, Graphic & Fashion Designer at a sock & underwear co.

Sho’s Best Piece of Advice is from Adidas: The Impossible is Nothing.

I chose a spot based on a photo I saw online shot in 1937 by Beatrice Abbot on South 6th and Berry Streets in Williamsburg. (I think they meant Berenice Abbott)

I spotted Sho with his white shirt and yellow backpack and white bike and asked for his photograph. Originally from Japan, Sho moved to New York after graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Cal Tech. His design influences? His old boss, Brent Rollins from Complex Magazine. Currently, Sho works as a designer for Etiquette Clothiers, where he is involved in choosing colors for the socks and underwear and creating the design for the tags etc… Nice work, check him out.

Sho and his yellow backpack. ©Katarina Kojic

Sho kindly making sure I don’t get run over. ©Katarina Kojic

Sho looks to the camera for a moment… ©Katarina Kojic

Shu looks away

And quickly looks away nervously. Most people are a little uncomfortable looking directly into the camera. ©Katarina Kojic

Sho laughing  ©Katarina Kojic


Day 17 Stranger: Earl 53, Office Manager from Atlanta

Best Piece of advice: What ever you do in life, try and make a difference.

It was a Hotlanta kind of day today, so I loved the suggestion of going someplace with water for my stranger photo—The Staten Island Ferry was like going on a little mini vacation. (Thanks Julie, Teresa and Radhika.)

After meandering thru the Ferry, I decided to photograph out the back as Manhattan was disappearing.

Earl looked like he stepped out of a Cary Grant movie. He was visiting from Atlanta with his family and they were on their way to a Christening in Staten Island. I love his piece of advice! Thanks Earl.

I love his posture. ©Katarina Kojic

Earl stepped out of a time when Men dressed this well all the time. ©Katarina Kojic

I could have photographed Earl all around town. He looks so Dapper. ©Katarina Kojic

Suggestions on where I should go tomorrow? (Let me know in the comment section.)

Day 16 – 2 Strangers at the New York Public Library

Niggle (pronounced Nigel), 48-getting on 28, Lover of Life and Fixer of Problems.

Niggle’s Best Piece of Advice: Live happy with balance in peace.

I asked friends on Facebook today where I should go to find today’s stranger. My old friend Haley is a librarian back in Illinois and suggested Library. So, I really wanted to photograph a librarian at the NYPL today. Unfortunately they have a strict policy of not allowing any of their employees to be photographed inside the library without prior written permission.

I met Niggle outside the Main Library on 5th Ave and 40th St. He was goofy and it was hard to take anything he said seriously, or get a straight answer out of him. According to him, he was born in London, was put in jail and then shipped to Australia where he grew up. He has lived in New York for the past 37 years and comes to visit often. (I didn’t understand it either), but he was a great personality to photograph.

I told him I was a photographer and he said he was too. ©Katarina Kojic

He told me to get ready, he had a surprise for me. (It says “SMILE”) ©Katarina Kojic

I wasn’t satisfied that the library was represented and sought out a second stranger.

Tiffany walked past and I grabbed her attention immediately.

Tiffany 29, Medical Assistant, about to Start School to become a Nurse.

Tiffany lights up the stairs in front of The New York Public Library ©Katarina Kojic

When I asked her if I could take her photo today, she said, “This isn’t going to be for a porno site is it?”
No it is not. ©Katarina Kojic

Tiffany you made my day! I loved her playfulness and confidence. Thanks soon-to-be Nurse Tiffany. ©Katarina Kojic

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