The year was 1968 and I was a young soldier stationed in Italy, about 30 miles north of Venice. (I know . . . tough duty - but I had just left a tour in Vietnam a few months before.) As I was wandering around St. Marks Square in Venice, with my Asahi Pentax 35mm I came across this lady sitting and resting a bit. I got directly in front of her and focused and checked my light when she let her mouth drop open and her tongue fall out as she let out a big sigh. To this day, over 44 years later, this is one of my favorite photos I've ever taken. For years I had an enlargement hanging on my walls in my homes as I moved around.
So, why the title? I cannot find the original slide and I've been looking for it for several years. Consequently all I have is a scan that, although it is in color, is only this small size. If I ever find the original slide I'll have it professionally scanned in at the highest resolution I can get.
This is my beginning of street photography, 44 years ago in Venice Italy.
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