Cassandra Jenkins Musician East Village
Neysha on Bond Street
Wearing a mixture of her friend’s Brixton hat, Top Shop men’s chinos, Top Shop boutique leather jacket, thrifted boots, ebay shirt, etc. She works at Topshop and mixed in pieces from the men and women’s section with thrift and ebay pieces! Comfortable but a little bit bada*s : )
Harriette Sherman on Second Avenue, January 11, 2012
I bumped into Hariette on my way to lunch today. She was outside of the East Village Thrift Shop at 11th Street. She was talking with a few friends and she seemed very comfortable with being photographed. I liked her simple long coat, scar, and purse - simple, chic, and elongated. Maybe I like long coats so much because I don’t have one. She got her coat from the Salvation Army on 4th Avenue and 12th Street. She said that she often thrifts her clothes which is interesting to me. I suppose as younger people we are often thrifting for clothes from older generations yet she seems to be thrifting for clothes that she would wear anyway. She didn’t start thrifting until the past years so I wonder how long thrift stores have been around. I suppose it’s more of a turn of the century nostalgia. It’s economic and a way of (re)cycling clothes too? I think there’s something youthful about her and we talked for a while.
Whenever I go out and shoot, New York City becomes smaller and familiar. As much as I love serendipitously coming by a great subject and photograph, it does take active looking and decisions on which streets to travel, the time of day, and the quality of light to maintain a certain style and longevity in ones work. The sun hits Manhattan is weird, fun ways.
Harriette was a model at Eileen Ford (Ford) when she was younger. Afterwards, she worked as a writer. She lived in France dubbing films, in Japan writing a news column. She is originally from Georgia but has lived in the city since the 1950s. She modeled for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, etc. We talked about Dovima, Dorian Leigh, Mary Jane Russel, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Verushka, etc … I hope I can go back to Harper’s or Vogue sometime and look through their archives. I did that a lot at Vogue. It was so amazing to surround myself with so much history, imagery, and legendary fashion. I loved it. I was obsessed. (I am a nerd.)
Back to shooting. Shooting street photography makes New York feel smaller because I make friends with strangers and hopefully bring them some light to their day. John, who I photographed in November, recently called me and I sent him a print as a thank you. I plan on keeping in contact with Harriette. She doesn’t use much technology but I’m going to send her a print. We live in the same neighborhood.