Who Do They Think They Are?

And who are they, really?

Milan and Sam. Photo: Ruvan Wijesooriya
Milan and Sam. Photo: Ruvan Wijesooriya

Every day, we put out into the world a version of how we want to be seen — and, of course, we’re always misunderstood. Each week in our “Judgments” photo project, we’re asking strangers on the streets of New York City to size each other up.

Milan & Sam (above)

“I would say he’s maybe a student, and he’s a photographer. Maybe family friends? For fun, they skateboard and photograph.” —Devon, 28

“Pretty nice guys. They look like people that would do labor work, or work in a basic retail store. Their ideal Saturday is probably hanging out with friends, skateboarding around the city. Going out to a bar later. They seem like they’re pretty outgoing.” —Dominic, 19

Milan, student, 18: “I go to the New School. I applied into the literary studies program, but now I’m thinking of applying to get a dual degree at Parsons and Lang. I’ve been focusing on painting and drawing and research. I’m not a big bar guy — I don’t really go out, I’m not really into that. I like to skate, which is pretty releasing.”

Sam, student, 20: “I’m going to Parsons for fashion design and I met Milan when I moved in. We live in the same building. We just kick it every once in a while, we skate. I don’t see him too much, but he’s a homie. When I’m not designing clothes I am a musician, and I play the drums, piano, guitar, and I DJ. That’s me. Thankfully, I go to a school that I’m truly interested in. I’m really into Impressionism right now, so I’m kind of incorporating that into whatever I can, whether it be clothes or painting.”

Jessica Boddy, Emma Grillo, and Sarah Nechamkin contributed reporting. On set production by Jean Jarvis.

Who Do They Think They Are?