A perfect demonstration of the classic phrase ‘man’s best friend’. I stumbled upon this scene on a chilly Sunday morning at Conservatory Water in Central Park where a man was spending quality time with his two shaggy dogs. I don’t have a dog, but I’ve been in this exact position many times. I remember the feeling of contentment that this place can give you when it’s quiet and calm before the crowds come out, and I tried to capture that familiar feeling in this photograph. Taken with a Carl Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro Planar, which is not typically considered a street photography lens, but I’m discovering that it excels for this purpose in places like New York City where it’s difficult to get close to your subjects without ruining the moment.
An ironic and touching image of the Waldo Hutchins Bench overlooking Conservatory Water in Central Park. There are two Latin phrases carved into this curved piece of stone. Alteri Vivas Oportet Si Vis Tibi Vivere, which translates to ‘You should live for another if you would live for yourself.’ And, Ne Diruatur Fuga Temporum, which means ‘Let it not be destroyed by the passage of time.’ I found irony not only in the translations of these phrases as they relate to the unfortunate soul taking an afternoon nap here, but also in his body language as he physically slumps over the end of the word Vivere (life). Taken with a Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro Planar manual focus lens, and processed as an antique digital plate for the nostalgic effect.