The Queen of Williamsburg

October 8th, 2010
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Last year, I was walking down Bedford Ave in Williamsburg playing with a rented lens when I heard from behind me, “You wanna take my picture?”
I was a little surprised, but I turned around and took a couple photos of her. I’m glad she called out to me, she’s got so much personality in her appearance. I don’t do a lot of portraits – at least not when the subject knows I’m shooting, so I’m happy that this shot came out as well as it did.
Recently, I found out that this lady’s name is Leonora Russo and she’s quite the celebrity in the neighborhood. In the last month or so, she’s been profiled in both The L Magazine and Time Out New York. It turns out there’s even a movie about her called The Queen of Williamsburg.
In an area that’s so notorious for pushing out the natives, it’s awesome that someone like her not just holds out there, but seems to thrive on the new population.

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