In Other New Yorkers’ Shoes

  • One fall day I was walking down Fifth Avenue, heading toward Washington Square Park. A young woman was ahead of me. I surveyed her outfit: she was wearing leopard-print jeans, a pastel green hoodie, and a pair of high-end sneakers with neon pink laces. My first thought was: You will never find me in that outfit. My second was: What kind of a person would I have to be to wear that outfit? Third: What would I look like in that outfit? Finally: I want that outfit.

    New Yorkers are likely to pass hundreds of other New Yorkers on our morning commutes alone, and during those brief minutes, whether in an elevator or on a subway platform, we share a space. But the tendency is for that space to evaporate before it really opens up. So I had a thought: Why not wear other people’s clothes? And why not document myself doing so? Above are the people I encountered. The original concept was to approach strangers; however, not everyone wants to take off their clothes in public, much less hand them over. I’m working on my pitch. In the meantime, enjoy your fellow humans. 

     

  • Name: Diana L.

    Where were you born? California. Grew up in Vancouver.

    Where do you live? Just moved to Brooklyn.

    What do you do for a living? Film student at Pratt.

    Renter? Owner? Dorm.

    Favorite book? Go Ask Alice.

    Do you believe in God? Not anymore, but I believe in spirituality, and respect the importance of religion.

    Who did you vote for in the last election? Did not vote in America.

    What's the last movie you watched? Pulp Fiction.

  • Name: Emmy Rengfors

    Where were you born? Sweden.

    Where do you live? Crown Heights.

    What do you do for a living? Technical designer for a fashion brand.

    Renter? Owner? Renter.

    Favorite book? Tough question – there are so many! However, I recently read a Swedish classic, Gentlemen and Gangsters by Klas Ostergren, that was really good.

    Do you believe in God? No.

    Who did you vote for in the last election? I can't vote in the U.S. yet, but I would have voted for Obama.

    What's the last movie you watched? The Witches of Eastwick.

  • Name: Michael Aitken

    Where were you born? Brainerd, Minnesota.

    Where do you live? Brooklyn.

    What do you do for a living? Art handling.

    Renter? Owner? Renter.

    Favorite book? Beckett’s trilogy.

    Do you believe in God? No.

    Who did you vote for in the last election? No.

    What's the last movie you watched? A Serious Man.

  • Name: Kirkwood Adams

    Where were you born? Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

    Where do you live? Crown Heights.

    What do you do for a living? Teacher/poet.

    Renter? Owner? Renter . . . ugh.

    Favorite book? This is hard to answer. Currently I'm reading The Seducer's Diary by Kierkegaard.

    Do you believe in God? No, nor kings nor the law.

    Who did you vote for in the last election? Obama.

    What's the last movie you watched? The Game.