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Entry Ways

Posted by
Bob (Portland, United States) on 6 April 2020 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

COVID-19 presents challenges to all of us and to photogs-we get to continue our projects from the comfort of our living rooms only. I searched my trove of old pix for interior shots I could pair current photos with and came upon this picture of the entry way to a Japanese mansion and garden. In a sense, it's not appropriate that I use it because it's not a snapshot. I believe it is a commercial photo (not a postcard) probably sold in the mansion's gift shop. I've never been there-the closest I've been to it is the antique store I found it in when it was still safe to browse antique stores.

My current picture is of the entry way to my home. Look closely at the door jam and notice the sculpture greeting you. Perhaps it's a little smaller in scale than the mansion's. I'm not sure I remember the story of this. My daughters friend in high school came over and put it on a door jam to see if anyone would notice. Since then we've moved three times and each time this newer member of the family has accompanied us (the little toy, not the friend). I don't know who it's supposed to represent, well dressed, crazy shin guards. Who knows? Of course as ignorant as I am of pop culture, many of you probably know who it is-go ahead, keep the secret. I don't need to know.

This photoblog is a self-assignment challenge where I take pix based on old vernacular snapshots I buy in thrift or antique stores. Part of the challenge is finding snapshots for less than a buck. The original snapshot is posted on the left and my interpretation/contemporary view is on the right. I do not find an old photo and then dig through my archives to find a good match. The original pic served as a base or starting point. The interpretation may be straight forward or somewhat obtuse.