Umbrellas are interesting objects; they conceal a subject's face, subtly bouncing and swaying around while being carried and silently revealing the personality of its owner - chasing away all anonymity. When carrying an open umbrella, one feels protected from the world, shielded perhaps. That energy is transferable; you can easily notice it through the viewfinder.
Finding oneself without an umbrella in the city during a downpour puts one in a difficult predicament. Corner stores, bodegas and street vendors may be your salvation; selling you plain models with fragile metalwork for $5, they're only good enough to last you a day if you're lucky - just a couple minutes if you're not.
Photography: Sofia Emm @itssofiaemm
Location; SOHO, NYC