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31 July 2008 @ 09:02 pm
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I took this one in the late 60ʼs or early 70ʼs.

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pixl_8 on August 1st, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Very cool shot. Nice car :)
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 2nd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. This is one I have trouble knowing whether it's any good, because I can't seem to shake the "snapshot" element (i.e., looking at it evokes such pleasant memories of the events surrounding the taking of it that I can't separate them out).

Nice handle. Do we know each other or did you just happen stumble across me?
pixl_8 on August 3rd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Hey there,

No actually we don't know one another. I just took out this account here at LJ (my second active account here actually) and came across your picture post on random some how and left my first message. I'm a big time picture fanatic and love cars. I just got into digital photography as a hobby a few years ago, and am now hooked. Not ever going to be a pro at it, and I'm quite ok with that. Just love taking shots of random stuff.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 3rd, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Ah. Okay. That's fine. Perhaps we'll get to know each other in an LJ sort of way.

As you no doubt noticed from the byline, my real-world name is Fred A Levy Haskell. My degree from the University of Minnesota is in Journalism (Photographic Communication Specialization) and while I've earned money with photography from time to time over the years I don't have the drive to be a pro at it my own self. Besides, who's to say that things done for the love of it aren't as good as those done for money? In some ways it can be quite the opposite IMHO. You're no doubt clever enough to know that clicking on my "photo by da fredcritter" tag will bring up all the photos I've posted in LJ—feel free.

In a moment I'll "friend" you so I won't forget to check out your work—having your posts pop up when I read through my "friends" pages should do it.

Thanks for dropping by; thanks even more for commenting!
maruad on August 1st, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
I am a sucker for this type of photo (b&w urban60s/70s). There is a candid aspect, not quite naive, but real, without the angst, that works for me. These type of pictures make me want to get my paints out but it is far too late at night.

Thanks for sharing this.

btw...Is the car getting an oil change?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 2nd, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to have happened upon one of your "good buttons." Can you get your paints out now? Soon? Inspiration is too precious to waste, IMHO. & you're quite welcome.

Don't know about the car. I took the photo out the passenger-side window of a car one time when Ray Fisher was driving us around St Louis showing us the various sights. I think. I seem to recall. I'm pretty sure. But that was, you know, a while ago, so I don't entirely trust my memory. Did Ray drive? Did he have a car even? I'm trying to remember if I noticed the fellow in the door when I took it or whether I discovered it later when I was looking through the slides. Or whether I noticed, forgot, and rediscovered him. Or noticed and remembered all along. I also can't remember whether we were stopped for a light, or Ray was driving slowly, or if I asked him to slow down (or stop?) so I could take the photo. The clouds they roll in and the memory it does fog…
maruad on August 3rd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
My paints are all in the dining room as my studio was dismantled when we started rebuilding the basement... in March or April. Unfortunately painting in the dining room doesn't work with people around and it is summer vacation. My studio isn't likely to be finished before September... more likely December at this rate.

If you don't mind, I would like to paint this scene. It would fit in well with a series Pasternak is bugging me to work on.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on August 3rd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
We hates when the Muse anoints but the action must wait. But we understand. Here's hoping the basement rebuild goes smoothly and quickly.

I wouldn't mind at all—in fact, I'm rather flattered. When you're done, you may add a "based on a photograph by…" notation to your title if you think it's appropriate. Or not if you so choose. Whatever. No worry.

I will, of course, be interesting in seeing the painting once you're done, although I'm not sure how we'd accomplish that—I'm not likely to be in Your Part of the World any time soon. Ah well.
maruad on August 3rd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
When it is finished I will photograph it and post the photo in my LJ. It will not look exactly correct if my previous attempts are any indication. Some pieces look better and some look worse.

I had planned on using your name in the title but 'based on ...' does seem appropirate. You may wish to see it though before you name is involved. My work has its moments but I am not very consistent. Much more effort is required on my part before consistency will happen.
Skylarkerskylarker on August 1st, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
That neighborhood looks so familiar, but I suppose it could be just about anywhere.

Is one of those buildings the old Bozo Bus?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 2nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, it does have that "familiar" feel, doesn't it? It no doubt could be just about anywhere but it happened to have been in St Louis. Unless my memory is totally failing me (see my reply, above, to maruad).

Since the photo was taken in St Louis (or so I think I recall), the old Bozo Bus Building is most likely not one of the buildings in the photo. But it's a funny old universe in which I believe strange things well beyond our ken can happen, so I'm not ready to totally discount the possibility that the Bozo Bus Building was in St Louis at that time. Or that it's perhaps in the photo even though it was never in St Louis.
Skylarkerskylarker on August 3rd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Probably not the Boze, then, but the shot reminds me very much of the side street to the North of the Bozo Building, and the little house reminds me of the one in which (I think) PollyP lived back in the early 80s.