Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Appeal Of Utter Confusion

This was one of the first of my 15mm "self-portrait" series that was posted in my Photonet portfolios, and from the beginning it seems to be the one that attracts the most viewers and gets "rated" most often. I find it puzzling as to what it is about this particular photograph that makes it so intriguing.

Besides myself there are at least five other people in the picture. No one is interacting with anyone else, yet they're spaced fairly evenly and randomly from side to side as well as from front to back. Three of them appear to be walking, but in three different directions. All but one of the men (myself) are wearing jacket and tie, a rarity in itself these days, while the women are casually dressed in slacks.

The Gwen Margolis Community Center is used as a polling place as well as a place for homeowners association meetings and such. I once photographed President Jimmy Carter speaking there. I don't remember what this occasion was about. As for Gwen Margolis, back in the 70's when women were after equal rights she was a political activist who became a major power in the Democratic Party and was elected to the state senate.


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5:46 PM  
Blogger Ringrose said...

Al, I think you hit it on the head -- everyone is looking a different direction or differently engaged. I like it when group portraits have that feature.

Keep it up -- I check your page every day.

6:09 AM  

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