Thursday, October 25, 2012

Color Me Broken Hearted

Lately I've been corresponding with a fellow photographer on flickr because of his great street photography. I told him that I have done extremely little street photography but would like to start doing some. I told him about this one.

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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12 comments:

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful image, Scott, and wonderful story to go with it. It'd be my favorite, too. I hope you someday find the negative.
Those times were tough.. I remember all too clearly. I'm glad you survived Vietnam.

Barbara/myth maker said...

You caught her precisely at the exhale. Good start on street photography.

Stephanie said...

It is a great start to street Photography.

Manu Tyagi said...

wow ,44 years ago . great job

magiceye said...

:) Loved this!

Riet said...

Hi Scott, it was nice to see you on my blog again and thank you for your compliments. This photo is 44 years old, unbelievable it is in such good shape and beautiful. I never do street photography really, I would love to but I don't know if people want it. And I don't want angry faces. :)))have a nice weekend.

Sandra said...

I am the same as Reit, i have never taken a strangers photo. I don't have the nerve to ask them if it is ok because once i asked and a loud firm NO and i have never asked again.

James said...

This is excellent Scott! Street photography is my favorite! I especially like the older stuff.

George said...

I hope you find the original. I think this is a great photo.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hello hello Scott. Wow what an amazing shot. Love the fact that she was so open about being tired. Or maybe she just was in a mood of teasing you.

I am not good at taking pictures of people. I'm intreged by them and I want to but I'm to shy. And I believe I need there okay before taking a shot.
Beth is very very good at this.
well Can't wait what you'll bring us. Hugs Dagmar

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Scott, I have done only a little bit of street photography, especially for college photo projects. it can be intimidating when you wonder if the person will be annoyed, but then the end result as in your photo can be quite interesting.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

I too have rarely taken people photos. I guess if I had a zoom lens I would do more. But this photo even though she has such a blah look I have to laugh every time I see.

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