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Collection: Pinata Alley - Los Angeles
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Date: Aug 1, 2015
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Sep 2, 2015

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The first image for the photo-essay "Piņata alley - Los Angeles".

I had not expected this place to creep me out, but it did, big time

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09/10/2015 03:30:54 PM
A bit overwhelming to walk through these colorful piñata markets. When shopping or browsing street markets we always get a little closer to the reality of the situation. Take away the carefully crafted packaging and slick advertising allows us to see behind the facade. We come away with a deeper understanding. The piñatas are a wonderful subject and you told the story well. This is the beauty of the photo essay where we see places and perspectives that can't be conveyed by a single image.
09/07/2015 07:21:18 PM
very claustrophobic, solemn people, i have a feeling these same people are happier in other settings. so much color and things jammed into such a small space, i would have to escape too.
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09/03/2015 04:31:24 PM
hard to know where to begin. these were not, at the moment, a happy people. even the pinatas had a grimly festive, grimly commercial, grimly barbiedollkardashian aspect. originally, I had thought, the pinata was a playful even whimsical creation ...

did you come out completely unscathed?
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09/02/2015 09:53:48 PM
Maria, thank you for your comment. That dichotomy was exactly the point of the essay, I am glad that you felt it, too. The tradition of having kids beat the crap out of these big colorful figurines at birthday parties is in itself a bit creepy to me, but at least I expected some light-hearted atmosphere... but there was not much of that. Business as usual
09/02/2015 07:01:16 PM
I didn't know such places existed. I am caught between two different stories. The thousands of colored paper items are amazing. Then, the people. Some how there is an odd dichotomy between the people and the brightly colored things. It's as if the two should be in different essays. Makes the entirety very fascinating.
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