Monday, February 13, 2012

Thematic Photographic 183 - Pairs


The Dairy Queens
Delray Beach, FL, December 2011
About this photo: We're kicking off our new Thematic theme, pairs. Scroll down to participate - you know you want to!
I discovered something about myself when we were away: I really like stealth photography. I know I've always had this thing about shooting folks in public, that I've been hesitant, for reasons of privacy, legality and personal safety, to point my lenses at strangers. For reasons I can't quite explain, that's beginning to change.

I brought a tablet along for vacation - a PlayBook, because I'm just that geeky - and realized what an incredibly efficient and unobtrusive camera it can be. We're not at the point yet where the act of holding a tablet up just so is enough to attract attention. So for all most people know, you're reading Really Close To Your Face. If they notice at all. Which these two ladies did not.

They remained immersed in their fascinating world for as long as we were there, never once losing pace with either their ice cream or their discussion. I wondered if this was a regular thing for them - it sure looked that way - and whether or not they ever tried a different venue. I suspected not, as this formica-clad slice of frozen comfort seemed just right for the kind of moment they were having. Dairy Queen is never quite home, but for a few minutes on an otherwise lonely night, it'll do just fine.

Of the thousands of pictures I took while we were away, this ranks among my favorites. There's just something about this moment...

Your turn:
I chose the pairs theme because sometimes, things just go better when they've got a partner. There's a certain symmetry associated with being part of a twosome, a sense of balance that the singular sometimes seems to lack. I hope you'll join in: Just take a pic, post it to your blog (or find one you've already posted), leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it, visit other participants and generally enjoy the vibe of it all for the next week. Thematic is all about exploring our photographic potential, and if this is all new to you, click here for more. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to seeing what you've got!

22 comments:

Cloudia said...

I too am guilty of the stolen public shot!


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Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

Love this shot. Great take on pairs.

A Paperback Writer Photos said...

Mine is ready to roll:
http://apaperbackwriterphotos.blogspot.com/2012/02/photo-non-contest-183-pairs.html

Max Sartin said...

Great picture, I wonder what they were chatting about in between bites?

Karen S. said...

I like this perfect photo of two dames out on the town, dining on ice cream! Your mystery photo and our theme of pairs, is screaming for back to back posts...pairs you know...and it's the strangers out there waiting to be caught! But until then here's mine for now...

http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2012/02/thematic-photographic-183-pairs.html

Ranu said...

Mine is here : http://mypinkcloud-ranu.blogspot.in/2012/02/love-it-is.html

Lisa Shafer said...

I found a fun one for my addition (with the writers' game again!).
http://lisashafer.blogspot.com/2012/02/photo-mysteries-writers-game-11.html

Gilly said...

Great challenge! This is my first effort

darlin said...

Carmi this is such a cute photo, a couple of lifelong friends from the looks of it. I also am guilty of stolen shots... it's in our blood I think, sounds good to me! lol

This week I've decided to play along, being Valentine's day and all, here's my post

Have a great week and Happy Valentine's day from down under!

Morgan'sRevenge said...

Found this pair sitting in a (obviously lived in) caravan site on the other side of my local canal...and yes, I spotted the top one first. And yes, I was utterly confused by flying Mini. My brain caught up eventually, and now it all makes sense.
http://octarinefilter.blogspot.com/2012/02/c.html

Max Sartin said...

Here's my, sadly, no longer- pair.

Morgan'sRevenge said...

Was really unsure of what to follow up with relating to pairs! I landed on a fitting piece of graffiti from The Northern Quarter in Manchester, UK. Here it is.

JC said...

I saw you used your PlayBook and had to participate! What an awesome piece of equipment it is. My post features a wonderful pair of characters, no matter what the season is, imo.

Jim said...

I was out trying to photograph shore birds but the darn things just won't stand still. Until I found this pair chillin' on the rocks.

Alexia said...

What a beautiful photo you have started off this theme with, Carmi!

I've got a few pairs over here.

Bob Scotney said...

Pairs proved mor difficult than I thought it would be.
http://bit.ly/xN2Rfd

hapzydeco said...

Carmi, here is a pair.

dean said...

I am late! No surprise...

Here is my pair photo.
This, also is a sort of stealth photo.

Karen S. said...

Like Cloudia, I too, captured a stolen shot, right in their face!
Here's mine

http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2012/02/thematic-photographic-183-pairs_17.html

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

in haste with crayons all over the netbook here....

Morgan'sRevenge said...

A bit late, but hopefully a few will still see this!
I'd like to think I grabbed the odd anthropomorphic love story embodied in pairs of inanimate objects.




But I'm not holding my breath, because I also like the think that secretly, everyone has not only heard of Calvinball - but plays it regularly. One can only hope.

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