Sunday, September 13, 2009

Chairman Mao and Marilyn Monroe?


I was walking by this barred window when I saw the prints on the wall inside. Chairman Mao and Marilyn Monroe? Now that's a shocker. Can you tell if I'm right about who's on the prints? It's hard to tell for sure due to the angle and the glare.

I was trying to capture the grittiness that can be found in Chinatown in the bottom two pictures.
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35 comments:

  1. Very nice photos, however I was amazed to see a pay phone!! I can't remember when I last saw one, they have all been removed here.

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  2. Yes, that's Mao and Marilyn - but there is something/someone more on the poster left of Mao ... .
    I like the third photo with the two different "graffitti cultures" very much.

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  3. I'm going to take your word for it. My eyes aren't near as good as they use to be LOL. Excellent photos...and you sure did capture the grittiness :)

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  4. Marilyn and Mao do make an unusual duo. These all all great captures.

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  5. It's definately Marilyn and pretty sure it's Mao.
    Great pictures and 2nd and 3rd scream grittiness!
    Sunny :)

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  6. I love the second photo, esp. how it's boosted with hard contrast and boosted colour--really emphasizes the grittiness you were after.

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  7. Interesting, it does bring forth a sense of grittiness that might not otherwise be so obvious. I am going to have to try more of this sort of thing, James.
    I was in the Uptown area of Mpls today and just kicking myself because I was without camera. I missed so many great photo opportunities. Gave thought to going back home and getting the camera. Just didn't have enough time. Will have to get there again soon.

    Thanks for the information in answer of my question regarding the bridge! It does remind me a bit of San Francisco.

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  8. What happen to the truck..? People really scribbled on it..

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  9. These images are great. Love the colors and the city feel of them.

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  10. The grittiness is certainly emphasized.
    Was that yellow hose in the second shot just left there?

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  11. Yes I can see Chairman Mao and Marilyn, odd pair haha. Great photos James. Happy MYM!

    Thanks for visiting my MYM.

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  12. Oh good choice for this Monday entry...happy MYM! Mine is ready too.

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  13. Marilyn for sure I'd say.
    I love that shot James - very artsy!
    As I looked at your photos before reading I was thinking those last two looked like mean streets so I certainly think you captured the grittiness.

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  14. So many American things in the pictures that we dont have in UK. Great photos!

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  15. Nice set of shots; did you use any photoshop to enhance the 'grittiness'?

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  16. The second one was really gritty, just like somebody had splashed dirt all over the place on purpose.

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  17. I love Marilyn! ;)
    By the way that grocery needs help! What a messy and dirty place!;)
    great series James, your pictures are perfect!
    Léia

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  18. Great photos. Mao & Marilyn? Prints by Warhol?

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  19. Chinatown - fun to visit, but find a PF Changs in the suburbs when it's time to eat. Just kidding! :) Great "urban" photos!

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  20. Wouldn't Andy Warhol be excited to have the pix of his iconic paintings paired with your other two shots. I bet he would have loved the grouping. The truck shot is perfect!!

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  21. Yes I think it is Marilyn and Mao. It really does look gritty there.

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  22. Hi James,

    I'm not sure about Mao, but it is someone in a uniform. Chrustjev maybe? - He liked Marilyn - or was it vice-versa? - Can't remember.
    Anyway I agree with Frank about the truck shot. It's perfect!

    Best regards
    Asta

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  23. These are quite creative captures- I'm originally from S.Calif (W. Covina)cough cough.
    Your blog is cool-

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  24. Very interesting shots. The second and third shots remind me of the Chinatown in Washington DC. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a nice comments :) hope you have a lovely Monday!

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  25. those are interesting photos and they feel of vintage. great capture!

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  26. These are really interesting shots!

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  27. These are really interesting shots!

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  28. James, looks just like my Chinatown in NYC! GReat shots! :)

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  29. The second photo is really impressive: beautiful shot!

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  30. Love the photo effect of the second shot, whatever you did, it's very crisp and it gave us the effect that you'd like to show.

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  31. James, I love the glimpse of the world your photos give, and your comments add to them, too. smiles - Ann

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  32. It's a tantalising photograph - but also a worrying one. It's interesting to peer through someone else's window like this. I wouldn't like to think anyone is looking through mine!

    As for the picture which isn't Marilyn Monroe - it really doesn't look like Chairman Mao to me . . . the idea has now sent me off into imaginings of all sorts of other unlikely combinations. The pictures seem to be the same size too - so either they come from the same published source or someone has made posters for themselves . . . which is also interesting.

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  33. Definitely Marilyn Monroe!! Phew, you have a great eye James, I would probably have walked right past it!!

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