Sidewalk Chewing Gum Portrait


This photo was taken on January 5, 2019 at 3:01 PM.

The location was in the City Center District of Washington DC.

The "Take It!"  came from seeing this drop of used gum be worn into being a vague small portrait of a hapless fellow who in time will be worn away or power washed to bring about a a fresh canvas of concrete in order for the game begin all over again.

Oddly enough - this viewing of the aging process of sidewalk gum - is amusing to me and sadly provides a never ending new set of sources for my review. I sometimes will take photos of them with the thought in mind of perhaps someday having a photo display with a section of it devoted to framed actual size of a collection of the prints. To give formality and dignity to this randomness I think would be a joy for me to do - and lots of fun to hear what people thought of it.

Please let me know if you would like to see another individual in this growing collection.

The observation of these gum portraits - along with walking on shadows when they are available provide a certain sense of individual participation in a small world of ever changing theater sets.

Thanks for walking with me.


PS: The collection of Hats and Scarves for the homeless is in full swing and this last week was a bonanza with a net of 6 hats and two scarves. They have been washed and dried and are the foundation for the stack which in one way I hope will be few - as I dislike the thought of anyone loosing what helps to keep them warm - and of course - the other side, which puts them back into  service.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    SF1967 (Monday, 04 March 2019 12:09)

    Must be an older gentleman, I see a pronounced nose and a very receded hairline

  • #2

    Jim (Monday, 04 March 2019 12:10)

    I've been guilty of doing this in the past.

  • #3

    Sally (Monday, 04 March 2019 12:13)

    I'd love to see the growing collection of hats and scarves if you still have them. I know you donate them so maybe they are gone by now.

  • #4

    Gabe (Monday, 04 March 2019 12:16)

    Ahh the age old chewing gum on the ground, I've stepped in gum when it softens on a hot day many times. It's a day ruiner, but at least this gum looks old and has hardened enough.

  • #5

    MHampy (Monday, 04 March 2019 12:22)

    We had our first lunch group in months today and looked at this photo, it was fun trying to come up with different shapes and stuff.

  • #6

    GeorgieProf (Monday, 04 March 2019 13:04)

    Gum on the ground is such a huge pet peeve of mine, like a mental version of nails on the chalk board. This may be a fun way to subvert that for me. See if I can find shapes in them instead of cringing.