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Been there.

Been there


If you were in the old downtown the other weekend, its very likely that you know the what prompted the actions in the photo above. The recent-most iteration of the annual 70/80 festival was in full swing when this photo was taken. It was early afternoon. A colorful assortment of groups were edging their way down the broad avenue to the upper left of the image. There was a larger assortment of acts than usual it seemed. Superhero-themed shenanigans, Disney-themed and even rockabilly-esque troupes accompanied the more typically-seen attractions. However, it proved not quite enough to elicit excitement from the little boy above.

Clutching the arms of the father who supports him, his is an uneasy rest. Perhaps the image was taken slightly post-cry, or just after waking from a life far more ideal. The boys eyes reveal a mix of emotions. He faces away from the action, alone with his feelings, and the solitary experience of seeing what his father and brother cannot. Nevertheless, it seems clear that he would rather be elsewhere. I would bet that most of us have felt similar. If not during adulthood, then at least during our more formative years. I know that I have spent more than my share of moments pouting alone in cars, windows cracked while my family was off seeing vacationany things for which I could care less. Therefore, I was drawn to the scene above. While slowly (manually) focusing the 35mm f1.4 Nikkor glass, a part of me sighed, ‘been there, kid.’


[Image taken using a Nikon FE2 with a Nikkor 35mm f1.4 AI-S lens, shooting Kodak Tri-x 400 pushed one stop. This wonderful lens which can be found for very reasonable prices here in Korea, or even in Gwangju if you’re lucky!]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)