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Friday, July 10, 2009


My post of the Microbus yesterday was tongue in cheek but in some way it reminded me of this photo. I posted this early on not long after I started the photo blog and had very few followers then so I thought I would re-post it for the newer visitors. The negative...old and scratched now...it was taken with a film SLR in 1969.
Have a great weekend.
Dan


We all have our favorites. This is mine. It is the forbidden fruit. I can't sell it because I never obtained a photo release. It is that one shiny red apple hanging just out of reach that I will never be able to grasp.

Taken in 1969 at a war protest, I watched the interplay of the father and child as they wound themselves through the crowd to get closer to the speaker. As a black panther spoke to the gathered hoard, the father hoisted the child onto his shoulders as if to say "Remember this, you are watching history unfold". The protest over, the crowd dispersed, we all were left with our own thoughts. As I stood there trying to sort through what was my opinion and what was only the remnants of the rage replayed that afternoon, I caught the eye of the child as they left. We connected. I am guessing he is now around 45 years old. Where is he, how did his life play out? I will go to the grave wondering.

22 comments:

Sabrina said...

Wow. That gave me chills. It is such a sign of your integrity that you refuse to use this AMAZING PHOTOGRAPH without the release. No one would ever know, but you would...I totally get that. What a respectful person you are. I pray God will someday lead you to those people, just for fun, and to give you permission to become famous with it!
Something similar happened to us. It's a long story, so I'm going to blog about it in a few minutes.

Heather said...

Incredible. I can't imagine being there and witnessing something as powerful as that. What a wonderful story, Dan.

Dan Felstead said...

Sabrina...I am headed over to your blog to check it out! Thanks for the comments. It is my hopes that among all the people out there on the net today...this child, now a man will see his picture and contact me.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...thanks. Of all the pictures I have taken...there are certainly ones that are more technically correct but this is the on that means the most to me.

Dan

Jen said...

Wow.

WOW!

After so many years you still need a photo release?

Oh that is too bad, this photo is captivating.
The story behind it is even more captivating.

WOW!
:)

Dan Felstead said...

Jen...
I am not sure if there is a "limit of statutes" on that issue...good point. I would still want permission however, if I were going to sell it.

Thanks for the comment.

Dan

Kerry said...

An amazing picture. And good prose, too. Thanks.

septembermom said...

This photo aches with emotion and restlessness. I feel like I'm at the rally after your description. You captured a moment with your camera that speaks on many levels. Thanks for sharing, Dan.

Dan Felstead said...

Kerry...
Thanks for visiting the blog and stop by anytime. I appreciate the comments. Have a great weekend.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...
Thanks. It caught my emotions at the time but when you are in the moment...sometimes it doesn't grab you as much as when you look back years later.

Dan

JaviZ said...

I'm simply speechless!

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you JaviZ...your photos have done the same for me!

Dan

tricia said...

I cannot find words to describe what emotions this post evokes in me-- the photo and your words. Powerful stuff.

Dan Felstead said...

Tricia...
Thank you so much. Welcome to the blog and thanks for stopping by. Sometimes the quality of the photo isn't as important as the subject matter!

Dan

Cynthia L. H. said...

Dan:
I loved this photo the first time I saw it and I love it now. You could post this one every day and it would be fine with me.
I am overcome.
(Check into what Jen said...because I think that as many people as possible need to experience the emotion of this one...)
;^)
Thank you, Your Brilliance.

Kelly said...

Incredible photo...you captured everything in that boys' eyes. The light seems to radiate around him as well. Makes me think of the photo of the little girl on the cover of National Geo.

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...
Thanks. I am overwhelmed at the response to this photo. It certainly has made me realize that that a photo doesn't have to be perfectly exposed or free of any defects if the subject matter is right. It should, if nothing else be an encouragement to anyone just beginning in photography to realize that beginner or experienced pro...if your heart is in the work...the photo will carry it's own.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Kelly...you certainly helped my ego! But honestly...I know the photo you are referring to see link:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text
and the difference between mine and his is worlds apart. The Afghan girl has become the icon of a Nat Geo photo and known around the world. The link is very interesting and tells the story behind the photo. Thanks for your kind words.

Dan

shabby girl said...

Oh Dan! That is an absolutely magnificent photo on so many levels. You can feel that connection, beyond the camera.
I am truly blown away.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Shabbygirl...you have had some very nice images on your blog lately as well.

Dan

~She Poet~ said...

This is profound and speaks volumes. A brief moment in time can capture a lifetime of memories. Amazing how two unknown paths can cross if only for a second. The texture of the photo gives it character.

Dan Felstead said...

Pura,

Thanks so much for the comment. Yes our paths crossed in 1969...probably never to cross again.

Dan