BB: Why did you start the Broadway Looker?
JS: Well, I could honestly talk about this for hours because I think I may be obsessed with taking street-style pictures (as in, even when I’m not doing it, I’m thinking about it) but I’ll keep it short. I actually had this idea since April of senior year, right after matriculating, I guess after Bulldog Days when I saw Yale in all its springtime glory. But I didn’t start it officially until spring of freshman year mainly because I couldn’t think of a name that was satisfactory and also because it took me 9 months to get up the courage to ask a stranger if I could take a photo of them.
BB: What is your favorite part?
JS: My favorite part? I have a lot! But the two biggest are 1. I feel like I just appreciate my surroundings a lot more now because whenever I walk instead of staring at the sidewalk mulling over god-knows-what, I’m looking around and appreciating the people who pass me, even if I don’t stop them and ask to take their picture 2. I like the part where I ask them. I love that people are willing to take a moment out of their day to help out a stranger whom they’re never going see again. Even in China, people would act glad to stop and pose, and it made me feel so much more comfortable in a foreign city.
As for the future, I just want to get better at it. Hopefully after I take 100 pictures I’ll stop feeling nervous about asking, which I still feel sometimes..