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My life (and yours too) is made wholly of tiny little fragments of time shared with others. This is how the little things become big things. How a look or a word, a split second between you and another, can feel so monumental. On one hand it is, it’s an integral part of who we are and how we are. It is something that cannot be changed, cannot be undone, it remains yours forever. On the other hand, it is just one of many you will have today, this week, this month. And I think you (and I too) should savour every single one of them. Every interaction, every look or word. Because just as they cannot be undone, they cannot be done over. Once they are done they are done and gone for good.

I took these portraits at Coney Island on a Tuesday morning. I am possibly prouder of them than of anything I have ever done before. I hope you like them.

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  1. I LOVE your pictures?
    where do you originally come from??

    Greetings from Barcelona!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 22, 2009
  2. Thank you for the great photos but even more so for the great words.

    November 22, 2009
  3. I love them! The middle one is my favourite, I think because of the light on his face. But they are all wonderful, they give a sense of the characters of the people in them.

    November 22, 2009
  4. I like them very much. Such wonderful faces, full of stories I am sure. Thank you for sharing them.

    November 22, 2009
  5. Kim #

    Oh my goodness. You ARE my hero! I absolutely love taking portraits, but I only take portraits of friends who already come to expect me ruthlessly sticking my camera in their faces, or I go into stealth-mode and take “surveillance photos” of strangers. I have always, ALWAYS wanted to go up to a stranger and ask to take their photo, but never had the guts. You did, and your results came out amazing. I can only imagine what stories these people would have to tell, too…

    November 22, 2009
  6. wow, they’re great! i’m always way to shy to ask people and i feel awkward ‘directing’ even my friends! lovely.

    November 23, 2009
  7. these are really awesome!

    November 23, 2009
  8. I love these but I wouldn’t have the guts to ask if I could photograph them. How do you muster?

    November 23, 2009
  9. Nick #

    Amazing. Stefan Ruiz would be proud.

    November 24, 2009
  10. joy #

    You’ve inspired me to do this on my next photo safari!

    November 24, 2009
  11. Cyndy #

    Beautiful as ever!

    November 24, 2009
  12. vic #

    Thank you all so much! x

    Diana, I grew up in Australia and have been living in the UK for four years. I used to live in Manchester but I’m now based in London.

    Kelly, I have NO IDEA where it came from. I just decided it was now (then..) or never. I would definitely do it again though. All they can say is no! And in fact, only one person did and we ended up chatting for ten minutes.

    November 26, 2009
  13. oh honey. these are so, so fantastic. i’m so proud of you for gustying up the gusto to ask for portrait permission. (WHOA ALLITERATION.) seriously, though — these are phenomenal. the top one is, of course, my favorite, as it features 1) old man 2) map.

    November 30, 2009
  14. nevermind, it looked like a map, upon closer inspection i see that it is a drawing of the sea. a map of the sea, then!

    November 30, 2009
  15. These are really wonderful. Congratulations!

    December 3, 2009
  16. what you said is so true. Sometimes i’m painfully aware of this and try to make a happy impression on those random passers, othertimes i just try and blend into the hundreds of other people that will interact with them… sometimes its easier that way!

    December 8, 2009

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