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« on: July 05, 2013, 03:07:28 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 03:41:15 PM »
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That is a very very plain picture of a very very strange scene.

I don't mean any of that in a derogatory or complimentary way, I haven't come to any conclusion about whether I like it or not. That's just an observation. You may think of "plain" in the Amish sense, if you like.
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 04:21:09 PM »
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At first I thought that was a scan of a shot from the 60s or 70s until I noticed the styling of the car!  Speaking of cars, the only thing I have against this is that the busy detail in the car is sort of distracting, too bad there wasn't something plainer behind -- but not much you can do about that....
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 08:15:32 PM »
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Yeah, I wasn't thrilled about the card either, Alan. On the other hand the modern car behind this gal who obviously would like it still to be the sixties makes a logical disconnect that I sort of like. This kind of thing goes on in my town all the time.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2013, 05:21:50 AM »
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Sorry, Russ - not with you on this one. I think Homer may have nodded!
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2013, 08:58:17 AM »
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Mea culpa, Seamus. I rail against this and then do it myself. I posted too soon.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2013, 09:16:13 AM »
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Mea culpa, Seamus. I rail against this and then do it myself. I posted too soon.
It's nice to see that you, too, are human, Russ.
I have lots of (unposted) shots where there is something in the scene that is quite arresting, but the whole doesn't quite work. And the extensive work that would be required to "fix" it in PP isn't worth the time and effort.

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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2013, 12:28:44 PM »
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Unless it's for money or deeply personal memories, extensive 'repairs' never are worth the bother.

However, what's interesting and nobody seems to have noted, is that the girl looks surprisingly plump and well-fed to have to have a begging cup...

I'm a little confused about the object she's holding. Is it of mystical moment, or just an alternative to a gun?

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2013, 12:37:09 PM »
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I suspect she's suffering sixties regression, Rob. It's amazing to me how many kids have this idea that the sixties, which an author whose name I've forgotten called "that slum of a decade," was fun. Uninformed hindsight always is fuzzy and over-saturated. But at least she's working to "keep Manitou weird," which helps to make Manitou interesting.
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2013, 01:11:10 PM »
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 Her clothes and purse look expensive and in good shape. She's obviously well fed. The stick looks like a cane to me, being the right length. She's protecting the purse from theft by the way she wears it and by the heft of her cane. I'd guess that she is a singer and that is a tip jar.
That may be her car parked behind her.
As a street photograph I'm not sure what to make of it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2013, 02:19:39 PM »
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I'm afraid it's not much of a street shot, Lou. She knew I was there in front of her, though she clearly wasn't feeling thratened (one advantage of advancing age), and there isn't the kind of story here a good street shot needs. On the other hand there's plenty of ambiguity. She wasn't singing; she was chanting. It's perfectly possible that the car behind her is hers.
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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2013, 09:49:48 PM »
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Russ,
I'm probably as advanced in age as you are so I understand the non-threatening part. I'd have to be pretty hungry to risk a cane attack for grabbing the few bucks in her tip jar. Maybe the street shot story here is that chanting doesn't pay so well.
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2013, 08:26:13 PM »
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Unless it's for money or deeply personal memories, extensive 'repairs' never are worth the bother.

However, what's interesting and nobody seems to have noted, is that the girl looks surprisingly plump and well-fed to have to have a begging cup...

I'm a little confused about the object she's holding. Is it of mystical moment, or just an alternative to a gun?

Rob C

You've not heard some of the stories of the beggars who make quite healthy livings and live in nice apartments?  There's one in Toronto who's reputed to make 6 figures a year. 
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