Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sepia Man

A guy finds a shady spot on a sunny day so he can set a spell. He leans his back against the cool cement and closes his eyes for a moment. When he opens them, he might whittle a little something if he finds a good stick. He might play a sweet tune on his harmonica.

Or he might check his email on his smartphone.

22 comments:

J+P said...

Nice.

Bellis said...

I stopped whittling sticks in my spare moments once I got an iPhone 3G. Now I while away the time by reading the comments on Pasadena Daily Photo.

Petrea said...

So far today, Bellis, it should be easy!

Katie said...

Cool photo. Maybe that's Don Draper on vacation in Pasadena.

Speedway said...

The theme today may be "bars." The bars of the balcony, the number of bars in the harmonica tune, how many bars left on the 'phone, and barring anything else ... I'll just go for a long swim.

Petrea said...

You might not be too far off, Katie. They shoot a bit of Mad Men here.

Speedway, if you weren't such a hoot I'd have to bar you for over-punning.

Susan Campisi said...

Ha ha. Love that ending. I took Tommy on an early morning walk on Colorado Blvd and noticed a sign at Banana Republic for a Mad Men casting call. A bit of synchronicity. Check it out: http://madmencastingcall.amctv.com/

Virginia said...

I lURV this one P. I like the first two scenarios!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

My guess is he's a young hipster texting. I'm not fooled by sepia

Michael Coppess said...

Great to start out the day with a laugh.

Petrea said...

Great link, Susan. Doesn't "walk on" look like "extra" in this case?

Virginia, this does seem like your type of shot. Let's find him a good stick and have him whittle a harmonica out of it.

Me neither, PA. Especially since I walked up the ramp and got a look at him after I took the photo.

Glad you enjoyed it, Michael.

Anne Louise Bannon said...

It's a totally cool picture and affirmation that black and white has its place in the universe, still.

Steve Scauzillo said...

I'm going with checking the email on his phone, or sending a text. That is the whittling of the 21st Century.

Petrea said...

Thanks, Anne. In fact I don't think this one would work in color at all.

Steve, has no one considered the possibility that he might be using an Etch-A-Sketch? Or doing his nails?

J+P said...

Ha! Steve's funny!

mark said...

Nice lines, nice shadows, nice lighting, nice subject. This is one of your all time bests. Well done. This one belongs in the portfolio.

J+P said...

I agree.

Petrea said...

Glad you guys like it. It was fun to make this one.

Susan Campisi said...

Yes, "walk on" sure does look like "extra." Pretty good gimmick: buy an expensive Banana Republic Mad Men outfit for the slight possibility you'll get chosen to be an extra on the show. And there's no glamour in being an extra.

Petrea said...

I've met several professional extras (background performers) during my career, and no, it's not glamorous. But it does require some knowledge. I imagine one day on the set is enough to cure most people of stars in their eyes.

Irina said...

Brilliant photo. Life story behind it.

Petrea said...

Hello, Irina, thank you for visiting. I'm glad you like the photo. I guess we all make up our own story for it.