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July 4, 2013 - 12 went

4th of July Parade Chappell Hill Texas

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Added by Debi
on Jul 4, 2013.


  • Alcy N.

    nice Deb,you own it!

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  • Gary W.

    In discussing documentary photographs, Minor White, described them as taking the viewer to a place or to a point in time—generally some time the past. This is not exactly what Minor was talking about (he was referring to the moment the photograph was made), but this photograph does that—it takes the viewer to a time in the past. We sometimes forget how really great we have it in the present when the complexities of life seem so burdensome. We look to the past as a simpler time, a simpler way of living (what would you bet that each and every person that owned or rented one of these boxes that they had to venture into town to collect their mail would not have willingly traded it for a facebook account—or even just email?) We tend to romanticize and wax nostalgic when we think of the olden times, possibly a myopic point of view. I may seem a simpler time but it was a much harder time. I have been asking lately why photographers are so taken with old stuff. Don’t know that I have an answer but it has an interesting draw for photographers. I spend a lot of time considering what draws me to certain subjects. For me that is an important part of the photographic process. Don’t know that anyone else does that. I am going to start with the premise that Scott nailed the image; because I think he has. It isn’t deep or esoteric—not a lot of probing of the psyche beyond what it is that as photographer/reader we finding intriguing in old stuff. Does it make you wonder about the people that used these mailboxes, about the kind of life that they lived? Do you find it interesting that the ‘combination’ locks use letters rather than numbers? Do you see the long shadows adding to the ambiance of age? Are you curious as to what the numbering goes from the one-eighties, to the one-nineties, to five hundred? What happened to all the boxes in between? What would happen if we could as easily travel forward in time as we can backward?

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  • Debi

    At first I was inspired by the old mailboxes, but when I got up close to them, It was obvious to me that the subject was the light. I was surprised that the combinations used letters rather than numbers, but it reminded me of the mail box that I had when I lived in Connecticut in the 80's.

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