Tuesday, May 26, 2009

At The Gypsy Caravan

The rain held off enough yesterday for me to shoot one of the two events to which I was invited. Showers moved thought the area all day. The Renaissance Faire is on again next weekend and will have to wait. but the other photo op was a treat.

The Gypsy Caravan, an annual fundraiser for the St. Louis Symphony, has been going on for 37 years. Never been before. it's a gigantic flea market where you can buy anything from the ridiculous to the sublime. I was reminded that gray days are great for small scale photography: saturated colors, no harsh bright spots and shadows, no squinty eyes. I wandered from vendor to vendor, uttering my magic words: "Hi, I'm doing volunteer photography for the Symphony." They opened all doors.

BTW, I'm very happy with this picture. Kind of Diane Arbus-y, although it's in color. There is a growing set of pix from the Gypsy Caravan on Flickr here.

TOMORROW: trinkets and figurines.


Virginia said...

Bob, Just got home from "Lost in Paris I" I almost got to photograph about 8 "strangers" at the police substation! Not to worry, I was only blocks from the apt. by then. This won't be the last "lost"time I'm sure.

Olivier said...

deux beaux portraits, sympathique qu'elles posent pour toi.
two nice portraits, nice which they put down for you.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Well done, Bob. I like the portrait very much. They look so optimistic and cheerful.

Buenos Aires Photo

Snapper said...

Yep, I though of the Arbus twins photos immediately.

Jilly said...

I don't know the Arbus twins photos but I love all the stripes - works so well. Thanks for visit today Bob. You are so right, that girl had such a Gauguin look about her. It didn't occur to me till you said it and then I really saw it.

cieldequimper said...

Yes, you're right, it's a great photo with so much to look at. Doesn't the law require you to obtain the person's consent before putting their photo up on a website?

Virginia said...

Well I"ve not mastered preposting on Paris time or I was up too late and put the wrong time in. I have half a pain au chocolat that I bought for my breakfast but it will be gone so fast I won't be able to shoot it! Maybe later.

Nathalie said...

Mother and Daughter I presume ? Amazing how the features are the same yet slightly different!

Great portrait indeed.