Let’s hop on the way back machine and journey back to a sunny Philly day in 1971 for a series of vignettes of the people waiting for the route 31 bus at 15th and Ranstead Streets on the west side of City Hall.
This young man relaxes on one of the ‘comfort’ seats while he waits for the bus. You takin’ my picture? Yep. I like the eye contact here and the bank window backdrop reflecting the street scene.
My turn on the milk crate. Are you checking out the pants on this kid? Or the ‘ahem — balloon’ he’s blowing up? More eye contact and the look from the guy in the suit. Ah, the joys of street photography.
I guess the young guy got tired of sitting on the milk crate. He’s looking bored here. I’m not sure of the sequence after all these years but this one works best for my story. You get a glimpse of more folks standing around the corner.
At the corner looking down Ranstead Street. I like this shot because there’s a good dose of humanity here. In fact, I think this is the best image in the series.
The bus finally arrived. Notice how the people are boarding in an orderly, civilized fashion? And the bus…an oldie but goodie with route 31 clearly visible. No way could I have remembered which bus without that clue.
This series is from the same roll of film as the shot of Nathan’s Famous I published two weeks ago. I have a few more that I’ll post over the next weeks.