People Watching in the Waiting Room

John Singer Sargent once said, “You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.” I am an avid people watcher and have published a book of photographs that explores this. As I note in my book, people watching in finding joy in people. I also love to people watch and sketch. Detailed here are some sketches I did last month while in a waiting room.

Edwin Roman’s recent book of photography, Brooklyn: Black and White, is now available. All proceeds will be donated to American Kidney Fund.


Fellow Commuters: A Photo Portfolio

One of the things I LOVE about living in New York City is public transportation and riding the subway. It is the ultimate place to people watch and is the most democratic form of transportation: you can simultaneously ride and interact with the 99% and the 1% (though I have recently expressed my concerns about how lately it is catering to and fostering the wealthy—take out a subway map and follow the route of gentrification).

I love it when I have my camera or sketch book on hand to capture this largely wonderful experience. I am happy to present my favorites from the last couple of years!

Subway Slumbering. Edwin Roman, 2015.

Subway Slumbering. Edwin Roman, 2015.


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Downtown and Brooklyn. Edwin Roman, 2015.



ZOOM! Edwin Roman, 2015.


Above the Streets of Harlem. Edwin Roman, 2015.


Come on Over. Edwin Roman, 2014.


Commuting Sketch. Edwin Roman, 2016.


Braided. Edwin Roman, 2013.


No Device. Edwin Roman, 2015.



Tuning Out. Edwin Roman, 2016.