Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Whiff of Latex

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2012 Pridefest Parade 20

I've photographed this group at the Pridefest parade for the last couple of years. Don't know who they are - no signs or banners, and I'm too busy shooting to ask someone. They carry ordinary blow-em-up-yourself balloons. If you have ever inflated one, you've probably noticed the odd, not quite rubbery smell of the latex. Now imagine that in a small area, multiplied hundreds if not thousands of times.

The aroma was more prominent than garlic at a cheap Italian restaurant. It made me queasy, but then whatever it takes for the shot.  Anyway, latex is a recurring theme at an event like this.

2012 Pridefest Parade 21

2012 Pridefest Parade 17

9 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The same balloon flowers were in the S.F. Pride parade. A memo must have gone out.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Darn. I have a latex allergy. I guess I won't be able to join this group.

I wouldn't look good marching around without a shirt if I had latex induced red welts and rashes breaking out all over my skin.

In fact, I wouldn't look good walking around without a shirt in any circumstances.

Birdman said...

Ya, what to do with the latex allergy. Good Grief!

Sharon said...

Wow, fantastic balloon display! You have some great shots here!

Jack said...

They certainly do catch attention. Then again, that is the point, isn't it?

Ann said...

They're called the Balloon Guys or something like that. They're for hire for events... we used them at our fundraiser.

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PerthDailyPhoto said...

A tad more than a whiff of latex I bet Bob! Love the grass skirts haha! Such a fun event to shoot!

Nathalie said...

Eye catching and powerful!