Sunday, March 1, 2009
Girl in Bensonhurst
On the advice of Heather, (see January 6th posting) we drove to Bensonhurst, NY on Saturday to photograph a woman who worked at the Istanbul, a fast food restaurant on Bay Parkway.
"Every time I go there," Heather told us, "I just can't keep my eyes off her." That seemed a good recommendation. We found the Istanbul and there was the woman. She stood behind the counter taking the money. We looked, neither of us saying anything.
"Can't be her," I said.
"No, can't be her," Caroline repeated. "I'll ring Heather."
"Chubby cheeks, short black hair slicked down, large?"
I saw that Caroline was being told that it was indeed her. I wondered yet again about the question of who the camera likes and who knows who the camera likes.
After lunch we walked back towards the car. A young woman passed us. Caroline and I looked at each other as if to say, now there's someone, and without a moment's hesitation Caroline was off down the street to ask if I could photograph her. This was difficult because the street we were on had an overhead subway track running above it with a train passing. Caroline shouted and the girl removed her iPod earphones. Her mother and her brother were with her and were on their way out to lunch at Burger King. Her brother, who is about he same age asked if he could also be photographed and his mother said no,"This is your sister's thing."
The girl is twenty and never liked high school, did not graduate, but now is trying to get her General Equivalency Diploma. She loves fashion she told me. We gave her the URL of this blog. I hope she will see the picture and find a job she likes.