“Trash talk” is a form of boast or insult commonly heard in competitive situations such as sports events. It’s often employed to intimidate the opposition, but can also be used in a humorous spirit. For anyone that’s ever been involved in a little gamesmanship, you know all about it…and it’s always a challenge to come up with the best quip to get your opponent off their game. One of my all time favorites is “Oh, I’m just looking around to see who’s going to finish second.” :)
Now, it’s clear that the couple seen here is not involved in sport, unless you consider a friendly conversation to be overly antagonistic…but the bags of trash in the foreground certainly lend a literal interpretation to the scene being acted out. lol
This was a pretty much a “quick grab” shot, as I was trying to act as normal as possible and not draw their attention towards my lens…which wasn’t all that easy because I was also doing my best to include as much of the background that I could squeeze into this vertical frame. For those who have been to NYC, you might easily recognize the area due to those distant colors. If not, here’s a hint…it’s Little Italy. So, perhaps this couple were actually talking about the neighborhoods best place for an authentic pizza or pasta dish??
And here you have another slice of daily life in The Big Apple.
Thanks for stopping by.
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daddo (24924) 2014-07-09 21:31
Hi Jason. Top image showing us the vibrant multicultural aspects of America. Here in Melbourne many Little Italies and Little Lebanons etc have in time become Little Vietnams and Little Chinas as the earlier migrants move on or six feet under and more recent arrivals move in. I would feel at home in a place like this. Excellent record of life. Best wishes. Klaudio. Enjoyed the note per usual.
ikeharel (59593) 2014-07-09 21:57
The title is really funny, Jason, but truthfully I remember seeing NYC in the 70th, and there was trash out on the streets, double and triple meaning to this.
With no specific issue, to sport I mean - a vivid typical street view for NYC, and nicely combined the humen issue.
*** While writing this, a sirene went off, by.
danos (88303) 2014-07-09 21:58
nice the reportage shot from the busy street of NYC with the men sitting on the stairs and near the black trash bags to chat carefree.I like this quick snapshot from the daily life of the city.
dkmurphys (50414) 2014-07-10 0:10
What a fine atmosphere in the China Town (?). I like the iconic image of NY streets.
Well taken, have a fine day.
jhm (141297) 2014-07-10 4:20
A very busy street picture with the two men talk about what, I don't know!
This gives nice perspective and depth picture.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (62954) 2014-07-10 5:42
On dirait bien que le quartier de la Petite Italie de NY n'a pas changé depuis ma dernière visite. Une rue presque cinématographique avec une mise en scène perpétuelle qui ressemble aux bons films de gangster En tout cas, les couleurs des banderoles sont très italiennes.
ourania (33535) 2014-07-10 7:21
I always find streets like this lovely and interesting when I see them in films. Here some daily life elements are not so pleasant but this is a real life picture so they have their place in the corner. I like very much the sense of depth in this vertical frame, the people in the foreground help us connect to the rest of the scenery. I think that the gentleman is saying "Don't look, someone's been photographing us for quite some time now!" So you've become part of the story too:) I like how the scenery comes together like a puzzle made up of many colourful pieces, the world lying in the background looks exciting. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Nicou (125180) 2014-07-10 8:40
sueprbe compo et vue ces personnages assis sur cet escalier dans la rue avec le la barrière quel cadrage latéral et vue merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
nikkitta (15334) 2014-07-10 9:25
The moment I saw the photo I knew it was Little Italy for the hanging flags traversing the street
A good daily live capture of this place where along with Chinatown is possible to find the black trash sacs everywhere
May be the resting men are working in same shop or deciding where to have a great lunch of Italian food
Well taken vertical shot, lots of green and red and also blue, for the Albiceste?
Wish you a great day, so not very hot
Maria de las pampas
Answer your SHSH note
holmertz (42815) 2014-07-10 10:18
I love this kind of street-shots of very ordinary and unimportant events (two guys chatting on the staircase, how important is that?), which at a closer look show such a lot of things that you could make up any kind of story from the atmosphere created by the myriad of details. You are very good at observing these plain but amusing details of daily life, and in this picture you managed to squeeze in a lot. And of course the Italian colors are obvious.
Cricri (108729) 2014-07-10 10:39
Hello mon ami du désert
Jamais été a NYC, ni en Arizona :-) je me suis demandée si je te voyait ( ont ne sais jamais!) comment l'on discuterais ensemble ??? je ne pige rien de l'Anglais, oui quelques mots, autant dire RIEN, bien que en Corse j'ai échangée tant bien que mal avec une Anglaise :-), ok....pour la photo tu fait le paparazzi, avec l'inclusion des sac poubelles hum pas le plus agréable a voir ;-) beaucoup d'animation et de couleurs mis en flouté
Belle image de scène de vie
Bisous de miss cricri....de Belgique :-)
carlo62 (35300) 2014-07-10 15:49
una scena di strada molto reale, con tutto ciò che si può realmente incontrare.
Ottima la messa a fuoco, isola le due persone, ma ci lascia vedere quello che succede dietro di loro.
mcmtanyel (14567) 2014-07-10 21:14
Once again, that blurry background with the whole spectrum of colors against the sharp foreground with limited colors captivates me. Well done!
fabbs99 (16783) 2014-07-10 23:45
Beautiful shot of the daily life scene from NYC.A nice and interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light and color.TFS.
macjake (57888) 2014-07-11 4:39
I bet the Germans were up to a little trash talkin with the Brazilians eh! haha
there's actually alot more going on in this photo than you realize...for example, did you know that you captured the rapper MnM in the middle of your frame?
second...whats with the BLACK firehydrants in NYC? why not yellow or red? Where's Brenda when you need her?
thirdly, is that a tall red mail box just sticking out of the ground, oddly placed?
fouth...as you have seen for yourself, its a common NYC way of being to leave your trash out at the curbside, when morning comes around its picked up quickly.
cool post, lots going on here.
Hope the dust has subsided! lol
emka (81900) 2014-07-11 23:02
What I like most in NYC were the houses with these stairs like here. I saw them so many times in films so so I was happy to stay in one such house in Couch Surfing. Very nice candid scene. The two guys look like Chinese and and I don't know why but I have impression one of them is in pajama. Pleasant blurred background but still with some details to look at.
Have a fine weekend
Malgo from rainy W.
WArm regrads MAlgo
serp2000 (40998) 2014-07-14 3:59
Is it a China town or no, I see this is Italy?
Simple but interesting journalist work, I like your idea to make this blurred background it looks like a movie scene. Thanks for so interesting note and fine title!
Have a great new week ahead!
berek (40511) 2014-09-28 20:45
super daily life composition and view these people sitting on the stairs in the street with the barrier which side view and wonderful framing. good focus control.
aliabazari (15997) 2014-10-12 21:55
Hi Jason dear
Exhibited a well-documented everyday life. With an excellent combination of depth from the street. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing