Photography by Ira Gardner | NYC Painter

New York, 2010

 

This image is really about recognizing a magical moment and capturing it.  I think of my street photography as being like a spider waiting for something to come into my web.  I walked around NYC with my camera prefocused at about 15 feet.  I had walked past the painter working on the front of the Herald Square hotel and was about to turn at the corner and head up the street when I saw this classy lady walking by and I just knew that the painter would look up from his building and take notice.  I waited for the intersection to occur and capture this truly candid moment.  To me the image was about the idea that a painter would rather paint a beautiful woman than the side of a building!