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Let’s pretend we’re tourists, #4.


Lobby of the Angelika Film Center, prior to seeing Midnight in Paris (it was GREAT!)

I promise I have some more substantive posts coming up (like about haircuts and gardening and raindrops and other important stuff), but for now I want to share some of the snapshots I’ve been taking around New York City this past week. In addition to all of the things I wrote here about loving using Instagram on my iPhone, I’ve discovered something else that’s kind of neat: I’m looking at my surroundings all the time. I know I’ve delved into this subject a bit in my previous “Let’s Pretend We’re Tourists” posts, but having lived in the lower Hudson Valley and New York City for my entire life, I sometimes think I don’t really experience everything this area has to offer with as much appreciation and downright fervor that visitors do. It’s so easy to walk 20 blocks in NYC without ever looking up—you get so focused on moving forward and blocking out everyone around you that you forget to be an observer.

I’m trying to be more of an observer.

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42 Comments

  • Reply sandra May 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    i love how black the eyes of the dogs look, the chewing gums look like eyes too.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Hah! Now I’ll never be able to see it any other way. ;)

      Those guys were really good models. I spotted them from about a block away, and I was sure they’d get up by the time I reached them, but they stayed put. Good doggies!

      • Reply monica June 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

        they’re greyhounds! (or maybe whippets?) you didn’t need to worry about them getting up — they’re the sweetest, laziest dogs in the world!

  • Reply Adam May 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I want you to know that I have really been enjoying your Instagram photos lately and am looking forward to seeing more of them!

  • Reply tamera May 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Gorgeous! Can I move into that wee brick building, please?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Isn’t it so cute?! I can’t believe I never noticed it before. I must have walked by it a hundred times.

  • Reply Adam May 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    How did you come up with that awesome page that displays all of your Instagram photos? I love it!

  • Reply Karina May 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    What a gorgeous ceiling at the Angelika! That said.. I really, really want an iPhone now so I can take Instagram photos. I love all of yours.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Honestly, the iPhone has kind of changed my life. I feel like a huge loser saying that, but it’s true! I really believe that 50 years from now, we’ll look back at the development of the iPhone as being as revolutionary as the telephone.

      I definitely not a Luddite, but I also don’t take technology for granted. I’m amazed by this little thing and everything it can do.

  • Reply jodi May 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    love!!

    also? as soon as i saw the angelika, i knew you went to see midnight in paris. i must see it soon!!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Hee! I guess I’m sort of predictable that way. ;)

      Definitely go see Midnight in Paris in the theater. Aside from being hilarious, it’s also really beautiful—it pays tribute to Paris in the same way that Manhattan does for its namesake.

  • Reply Lea May 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Just came to say I love all of your observer photos. Keep it up :)

  • Reply L May 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    You are so right about us (people in general) abdicating our observation skills in an attempt to be cool, get there faster, or whatever. And you are doing admirably in your “quest” to be more of an observer.

    Thank you for sharing your eyes with us.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Taking pictures (even little snapshots like these) is definitely slowing me down a bit, and that can only be a good thing.

  • Reply anna May 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    your blog is one of the things that really strengthen my wish to visit nyc some time soon!

  • Reply Sid May 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I love your iPhone photos! You definitely need to stop dissing your own photography skills/eye.

    Those brindley whippets are so cute. They make great models as long as they don’t spot something fluffy to chase. As a breed they have two speeds: unconscious and hunt.

    I feel the same way about my iPhone/instagram. I didn’t even want one initially (my husband REALLY did so we got two as a family plan) but now I’m hooked. They are such a great tool.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      I think these guys must’ve been in unconscious mode, then. ;)

      Yeah, my husband got an iPhone a few months ago, and I was pretty jealous for a while there!!

  • Reply kat May 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Clearly you have signed a contract with Apple. And with NYC tourism. ;) I so badly want an iPhone now. And a trip to NYC. Your photos are amazing.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Hahaha!! Yes, and cute dogs. They’ve all paid me off! ;)

  • Reply Holyoke Home May 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    The ceiling of the Angelika looks like it’s receding into space via a computer generated tribute to Carl Sagan.

  • Reply Jenny May 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Anna – I’m loving these photos. After your last post about Instagram I downloaded it onto my newish iPhone but haven’t quite worked out what to do next… I have never been much of a mobile (cell) phone user until I got my iPhone and it really has changed my life too! Who would have thought? I even (almost) know how to text!

  • Reply annie May 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    aaagh, i am in love with this post! when you posted that photo from the angelika film center the other day i just about died. and these “tourist” photos are making me so wistful. i want to go walking around nyc with you one day!

  • Reply Cynthia May 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I love my iPhone and find myself photographing more and more with it, leaving my digital cameras sitting on the shelf. Off to read your post about instagram. I downloaded it quite awhile ago, but have yet to explore it much.

    I like your thoughts about pretending to be a tourist. I do the same thing in San Francisco.

    Cynthia
    http://coffeeonthepatio.com
    http://www.cynthiasblog.com

  • Reply mommy May 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love your photos! And you.

  • Reply Lori E. May 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    All the pics are great but I SERIOUSLY WANT A COPY OF THE PARK PICTURE. Love it. The lamppost, the little winding path. Perfection. And I am on pins and needles awaiting the post about haircuts. It must be the cosmetologist in me… :)
    And it is funny b/c I was thinking this weekend that I have lived in Indiana all my life about an hour from Indianapolis and have never been to the Indy 500. I totally get how one can take things for granted… Although, to be perfectly honest, I have no desire to go…

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      I’m working on the haircut post right now, Lori. :)

  • Reply Lori E. May 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Ok, I have nothing new to say except I tried to add a gravatar and wanted to see if it worked…

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 1, 2011 at 1:06 am

      You did it!! Not so hard, right? And you’re much prettier than a yellow dot.

      • Reply Lori E. June 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

        Awwww… thanks. :)

        • Reply Anna @ D16 June 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

          That’s why I love Gravatars! It’s so fun to see the faces along with the names, especially my longtime readers. I’m glad you made one! :)

  • Reply Lori E. May 31, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I have officially impressed myself. Goodnight.

  • Reply Liz June 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Anna, I love the haircut post (and that haircut… wow…) but wanted to comment here.

    I’m a Instagram addict and it has helped me overcome occasional shyness about pulling out a camera when in my home town and my total internet shyness.

    Thanks again for sharing your images and please keep doing so. (Although I am, of course, on the edge of my seat waiting for the next raindrop post.)

  • Reply Joelle June 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I love the picture with the yellow truck! Beautiful :)

  • Reply April June 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Fantastic photos! I like the idea of doing this. Even in a rural area we take for granted the scenery we are surrounded by every day.

  • Reply Logan June 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, these are great! I love the dog one. I wish I could take photos like this.

  • Reply tiffany July 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    i too am so longing to have instagram, the only thing making me dream of an iphone, but sadly still more phone than i care for… my hubby has the itouch, does it work on there? i would be saved if so.. great photos!

  • Reply Felipe August 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Hey, your pics are amazing. I love New York City. I don’t know if I’m sure, but there is a picture from Katz Deli, right? I love that place. I’m brazilian but I live in Milan, Italy and I write a blog about architecture, design, interiors, photography… Go there and check. Ah! I write in portuguese… But you can change the language. The translation is not wonderful but you can understand. I love this place and I will come back always. Ciao! Felipe.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 August 10, 2011 at 9:59 am

      That is indeed Katz’s deli—good eye!

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