Today Yoav Litvin shares a New York moment he caught in 2013 that can happen to you sometimes in this Street Art and fashion capital, and tells us what he was thinking when he caught it.
Dain in Tribeca, Manhattan, NYC 2013. (photo © Yoav Litvin)
I was on jury duty in downtown Manhattan. It was lunch break but I wasn’t hungry, so I decided to walk around and hunt for art. I knew I was in prime street art territory and like some bloodhound, I trusted my street art “nose” to lead me in the direction of some cool pieces.
After crisscrossing several blocks with no luck, I ducked through an alley and noticed in the corner of my eye a speck of color on the base of a streetlamp that seemed out of place. Shifting my gaze, I immediately recognized that it was a wheatpaste by Dain, an artist I’d grown to admire.
Upon approaching the paste I saw in the distance an ongoing model shoot. Camera in hand, a photographer was standing, crouching, sitting, and lying on the street, continuously taking pictures, obviously searching for the best shot. Directly facing him a model was skipping around, laughing, swinging her handbag, moving to the left, then to the right and occasionally stopping dramatically to face him. Their movements were smooth, natural and flirtatious and I marveled at the site: it was beautiful, charming and intimate. Smiling, I redirected my attention back to Dain’s piece. I felt a new kinship toward the beautifully collaged lady and realized we shared a very intimate moment. Right then and there, she was my model, muse and inspiration and I had to find the shot that reflected her in all her beauty.
I kneeled, took the shot and with a big smile headed back to jury duty.
Location: Manhattan, New York. 2013
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