Street Paper Mache in the Making


This photo was taken on April 13, 2019 at  8:26 AM.

The location was in the Georgetown section of Washington DC.

The "Take It!” came as their was an easing of the rain as I got out of my car in front of one of my regular stops and this figure presented itself. It was filled with intracacy and seemed to ask me to take a photo of itself. The internal conversation in my head went something like this "I like your looks but cannot determine well enough who or what you are doing to take this photo.” The image spoke back and said "Trust me - you will figure something out." It having this much confidence in itself - I went ahead and took the photo.

It is a day later and I have just finished a viewing of this image (enlarged and on my computer) and have used most of my imagination ability - and come up with the following: I think it is a sort of down shot upon an older lady that is holding a very small child who is wearing a Halloween mask of a cartoon owl. I think the lady may be a Grandmother of the child and is either doing a trial fitting of the mask on the child or is getting ready to go out with it on a Trick or Treat run. This determination was made after giving the image some more thought for my initial take from behind the camera - that I was looking at a woman with a Westie in her lap - but the closer inspection showed the beak too clearly to pursue that scenario lol.   

The under the chin cut pattern of the Owl is so precise that it almost demanded the image be a dog - but the beak won out - lol.

The paper was still wet - and there is little to no chance I will see this image in its making again (although some do give me this privilege). I mention this as if it were to be undisturbed and dry just like it is now in its wet state - it might just change enough to warrant a new title.

With this type of photo as with many of my photos, I request the viewer to jump into their imagination and join me in seeing the outcome of my deliberations. One of the greatest parts of this exercise - is that the viewer is entirely welcome to see it be something else at any time along the way.

Thank you, to each who have been joining me on* this playful journey.


* I chose the "on" word rather than the "in" word here, and make mention, as I think either would be a good fit - lol .

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Gabe (Monday, 22 April 2019 13:19)

    Looks like a Pokemon.

  • #2

    Sally (Monday, 22 April 2019 13:20)

    This kept my daughter enthralled for about an hour. I think that might be the longest yet!

  • #3

    Jim (Monday, 22 April 2019 13:22)

    It looks like a melting snowman. Like his carrot nose and coal eye has fallen down to his belly.

  • #4

    SF1967 (Monday, 22 April 2019 13:23)

    I can't see this one. I tried but I think my imagination is getting old.

  • #5

    MHampy (Monday, 22 April 2019 13:24)

    I wonder what that is? It looks like a sticker of some sort.

  • #6

    thatoneguy (Monday, 22 April 2019 13:25)

    Man if I hadnt read your description there is no way Id know what this is