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I wasn’t sure about using this image, not because I think there’s anything wrong with it – I really like it – but because it isn’t entirely dissimilar to last week’s Photo Friday entry for the Neglect challenge. But I figured that if I didn’t put it up reasonably soon it would end up in the oh-well-I-didn’t-use-that-one pile, and I’d rather that didn’t happen to this one.

So, my apologies for being slightly repetitious.

That said, I took some shots today, that I’ll be posting over the next few days, that are rather different from the stuff I’ve been putting up lately, so I don’t feel too bad about using this one ;-)

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comment by Richard at 02:56 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Weren't thrilled (personally) about the latest 3-4 submissions but this one I really, really like.

Love the colours, composition and general crispness. Those closed curtains make me wonder if anyone lives there and if so how their life is.

Very well done.

comment by Mana Amir at 05:52 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Hi DJ-

I am a physician living in Denver Colorado. I was looking by chance through your photoblog when I came upon your picture of the Holt Hosiery Company sign. I instantly fell in love with it. Is there a possibility I can purchase a photo of this sign from you? Please email me at


Thanks much,


comment by P at 05:52 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

i like this one too, although in all honesty i think i like the first one better. a personal preference perhaps, but i like the addition of the blue sky.

take that with a grain of salt though -- *everything* you post here is amazing, so i guess i'm just nitpicking.


comment by Jeremy at 06:16 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Great 'grimy' feel and color contrast

comment by Steve at 10:56 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

This is much better than the previous shot, in my opinion.... Like it so much I've put a link in my blog (as if that's going to drive much traffic your way!). I like the composition of this one. The perpendicular lines, not to mention the grime and all the colours that have appeared in the faded curtains. Glad you decided to post it!

If you have any objections to my using the image just e-mail me and I'll take it down again.


comment by Sandra Rocha at 02:36 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

I agree with other visitors who say that this image is more interesting than the first one (the photofriday entry), I enjoy the way it almost looks divided in 4 areas, each with a dif size and content. great shot as always :-)

comment by emarquetti at 03:13 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Is good to see other view to the same theme.

Id say its a "punky" caravan.

comment by Deceptive at 05:47 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Like this, I think I also slightly prefer this one. It has a more muted feel to it and I very much like the composition. They are both fine shots though.

comment by pixpop at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Well, having just recently said how it didn't feel right to say how an image could be improved, there's an improvement I would make to this one. That handhole, or whatever it is near the right edge has a black dot in the corner. I'd use PS to move that black spot a little to the right, so you can see the brown/pink color all around it. Do you see where I'm going with this?

comment by djn1 at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2004

Thanks everyone, though I'm quite surprised that most people seem to prefer this to the other (which I thought was compositionally much stronger).

Mana: I've emailed you about sorting out a print.

pixpop: because it would look like an eye?

comment by pixpop at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2004

Yes, exactly. Then you have a new set of opppositions to explore here, looking out vs looking in. inner vs outer, and so on. Also, it's a fleshy kind of colour, which is in tension with the rest of the image.