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Forgotten Summer of 2015
Forgotten Summer of 2015

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Collection: Photo Essays
Camera: Olympus PEN E-P5
Lens: Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Jul 15, 2015
Galleries: Snapshot, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2015

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Comments: 10
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October 2015 photo essay. Follow link below to view the full story.

Maine Avenue Fish Market - Forgotten Summer of 2015

I don't know of another place in DC that can match the unique character of the Maine Avenue Fish Market. I visited this place several times over the summer and took 100's of photographs. With gentrification, bleaching as some say, there aren't many places like this left in the city. Through my photographs, I'm holding onto the summer of 2015.

Any feedback you care to share is appreciated.

11/1/2015 - notes

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I just couldn't resist posting the lady wearing the candy stripe dress.

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12/20/2015 01:18:59 PM
Comments as they enter my head.

The front image is outstanding, made brilliant by the words at the top.

The transition to B&W served to emphisize your narrative.

Don and I share a favourite - the rose with a lady behind it.

Definitely recorded history that should be made available to a wider audience - ie make it a book like Mariuca said.
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11/07/2015 02:04:35 AM
It is a great collection of moments and gets better with more viewings. I particularly like the last shot, spiced hot shrimp, very well placed. There is a good sense of the character of the markets and the people, you have captured a special slice of their lives. The cover image works well as seperate from the main essay.
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11/01/2015 06:26:19 PM
Although, a bit late to the party, please count my admiration for the cover photo and the essay itself. I'm delighted to have discovered this corner of DPC and the captivating essays on display. I hope to find time to explore earlier postings. In the meantime, about the Maine Avenue Fish Market - Forgotten Summer of 2015 ...

For me, the essay combines text and image to tell parallel stories. The soon to be forgotten summer and the encroaching gentrification. As we've seen in San Diego, San Francisco and Portland, the fish markets can remain and continue to thrive, but never in the pure form from which they first came. I suspect the same will be true at Maine Avenue. You've documented a critical summer, I suspect.

Beyond the powerful cover, I also enjoyed the full set of photos - there's not one I don't want to linger upon.
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11/01/2015 03:12:03 PM
I actually think this image works perfectly as the cover or first image of the market essay.
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10/31/2015 10:28:52 PM
What a soulful documentary here!
Each time you produce another easy I am prompted to follow in your footsteps and look at a place, a neighborhood, a town with the same precision and refinement as you do.

I will go back several times and spend more time with your collection but have to note that there are a few shots that stayed with me from the first viewing:
- the food stamps image could become a political statement, a poster
- the boy, so small and barely visible from the crowd looking with timidly and with love and touching gently the hand of his younger sibling
- the woman who seemed to have just dipped her rose to become rosy
- in the B&W collection, the spider web of cranes and nets and poles as if scribbling on the sky

The cover photo is a different story. I would use it in a different essay and make as cover for this essay the long picture that starts the hofoster page

Another lovely essay worth becoming a book

Message edited by author 2015-11-05 23:10:54.
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10/31/2015 09:49:30 PM
Something about this I just really really like!
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10/31/2015 03:06:30 PM
Oh, to clarify, I was agreeing with Don about it being one of the best pictures ever taken :) I haven't got round to looking at the whole essay yet, will do that now.

Returning to comment. The light in some of these images is amazing. Even though you are concentrating on the people, there's no getting away from the place.

Lovely collection and a great memory of summer.

Message edited by author 2015-10-31 15:11:57.
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10/31/2015 12:19:00 PM
Sarah and Don, I agree with both of you about this photograph not fitting into my essay. Several of my favorites, like this one, just didn't work in a series. At least I could make them work. As always, thanks for your feedback.
10/31/2015 12:01:25 PM
I can't disagree with Posthumous about this image. I opened it earlier today, couldn't find the words, but gasped :)
It's the light.

Message edited by author 2015-10-31 12:01:48.
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10/31/2015 11:08:30 AM
this picture, which doesn't seem to be in your essay, is perhaps the best picture ever taken in the history of mankind.

but the essay is also excellent, for the same reason: the beautiful slicing sunlight, the combinations of words and people, the boy crab and the man melons

another favorite shot: the woman in profile blocked by a rose
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