“I’ve never used a cellphone or computer.”
“What’s the meanest thing anyone’s ever said to you?” “Die of AIDS, you cocksucker.”
“Before it was all about us. Now it’s all about him.”
There was a drunk man on the train that everyone was trying to ignore. She saw that he was holding an inhaler, and offered him her seat.
“Every country is good for different reasons. They are like different fruits. But Egypt is my favorite. Egypt is like a mango.”
“I worked hard, I was honest, I provided for my family, and I took care of my parents.”
I sat by that stroller and called out her name for three minutes: “Julia, Julia, Juuulllliiiiiiaa.” But she wouldn’t emerge. Finally this happened.
“You get one picture, then I’m going about my business.”
“Do you remember the hardest you’ve ever laughed?” “Yes, but it’s stupid and simple.” “What was it?” “My sisters and I were dancing around the living room in our socks, and I tried to do a kick, but ended up throwing my legs out from under me and landing on my butt.”
One of them pointed at a passing rollerblader and said: “Why don’t you photograph him instead?” Another one answered for me: “Because he’s not a Hasid with a chihuahua.”
“What’s the most scared you’ve ever been?” “When I got ejected out of a car at 80 mph.” “Yikes. Where’d you land?” “I landed in a tree. My friend landed on the pavement. He’s the one you need to photograph.”
“My town in Colombia is very beautiful. I don’t travel because I want to leave my home. I travel because I need to know why I’m staying.”
“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?” “Disperse. If you’re in a group, you’re a target.”
I photographed the little guy on the left because he was carrying a violin. During the post photo interview, his little brother kept chiming in with his own answers. It was clear that he wanted to be part of the process. After a few questions, the older one called to his brother: “Come be in my picture, Riley.”
“One of my plays is getting produced!” “What’s it about?” “So there’s this guy, and he really loves this one girl– she’s the girl of his dreams. But she’s going off to college. So he applies to every nearby college, just so he can be close to her. But the only college that accepts him is a clown college. But here’s the thing– he’s terrified of clowns.”