Bye 2013!

street photo. urban. graffiti. new jersey. middle finger. funny

En route to Jersey City I was stuck in traffic on 495 just before the Holland Tunnel. That little curve near the traffic lights on the border of Hoboken are littered with graffiti and arresting views of the City skyline. Heavy traffic provides plenty of opportunity for pan handlers to walk through the rows of stopped cars asking for change.

This was the third image I snapped through the passenger side window. The only camera on hand a 35mm loaded with slide film. The first photo being the man unaware of the camera, second image shows he’s processing what is going on and the 3rd, here, he’s personality shines through.

I was laughing so hard as soon as he flipped me the bird. The sticky stop and go traffic eased slightly. I lower the camera and inch forward keeping an eye on this guy, still cracked up from such a random moment shared between the car window with a total stranger. Giddy, I see him in my rear view bust out in a broad smile and chuckling to himself.

My favorite photo memory of 2013.

About Ryan Struck

I am a self-taught Brooklyn based photographer. Earning a BA in History allowed me to investigate the things that have occurred in the world of which I knew nothing about. In that same spirit, photography allows me to be curious about the world and what surrounds us. I enjoy saving poignant moments through a visual medium, documenting lifestyle often fulfills this need quite nicely. I love what I do. When not at home shooting I can be found traveling in search of surf and inspiring natural lighting. My desire to capture images that help viewers imagine the instant the shutter clicked fuels my passion to combine beautiful light, people and places.
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