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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This will be a two day post in order to lay out a mystery...not an earth shattering mystery... just a bit curious.

I was lucky enough in 2007 to attend a negotiating course at Harvard business school. While there, of course I went out with my camera! I have always enjoyed just observing the interactions between people on the street. This particular interaction involved a Porsche, a film crew, a Texan and this individual. Strange bedfellows all.

After watching the scenario play out...I was still clueless as to what their connections were. It might be fun to use your imagination to think about what this gentleman might have done for a living...this is not a loaded question because I don't know either! I can speculate maybe an artist or actor?? Possibly. He had the clothes of an artist...but do artists usually drive a Porsche and wear designer sunglasses...they usually have trouble supporting themselves...thus the phrase "starving artist".

The rest of the story tomorrow!

Dan

24 comments:

Heather said...

I am definitely intrigued. His clothes would suggest an artist - but you've made an excellent point about the Porche and designer glasses. Perhaps he's an actor portraying an artist? Can't wait to hear (and see) the rest!

Dan Felstead said...

Heather, I hope I haven't raised expectations here...I don't mean to say this is one of the earth's most intriguing mysteries! It is just that I was curious!

Anyway...I think you might have hit on it! I never connected the two...an actor playing the part of an artist...that would account for the Porsche, the sunglasses and the film crew but where does the Texan come into play?

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...one more thing...maybe the Texan is financing the shoot?

Dan

Faye Pekas said...

The post processing here is breathtaking. Amazing.

Yep, the Texan is a rich oil man. He has no interest in the arts but his wife insisted he help this poor starving artist with whom, secretly, she was having an affair. The Texan found out about the affair and came to confront the artist. Meanwhile, America's Most Wanted TV show sent a film crew out because they found out that the artist was not really an artist at all but a con man who was wanted for bilking other women with millionaire husbands out of their money.

What a scene you walked into :)

Cynthia L. H. said...

Mystery! Intrigue! Money! Art! International connections!!! This story has it all! I'm going with this version:
The Texan was a wealthy Rancher who financed his eccentric brother's dabblings in the arts because he was also very good at international affairs and negotiation, which could come in handy with Brazilian cattle companies, French wine importers, or even jewels and spices from Marrakesh and Timbuktu. But MOST of ALL, he was invaluable with the art community in Italy...NOW we're talking serious imports and clandestine affairs, if you get my drift....He was also verrrrrrry good at art restoration in the old country...just look at those hands....
;^)

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Dan Felstead said...

Faye...you should be a writer for Lost or 24!! What a tangled web we weave...outstanding...I really enjoyed the twists and turns. Thaks for taking the time to make my day!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...an impostor...unholy.. hot love affairs, dirty deals, deception I love your imagination and what a great story it would make! Drop out of school and just start writing...I will buy your first book.

Dan

This is great...I am enjoying every minute of it!

Dan Felstead said...

From now on...I am just putting up the photos and wait for you guys to have at it! This is better than I could have ever done! Great work.

Dan

septembermom said...

I'm picturing a worn out stuntman who has only one more huge stunt ahead of him. Weary legs, aching back and a deflated ego. He wanted to be Tom Cruise. He's too exhausted to go on with this shadow participation in every great action film. Thanks for this prompt Dan!

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...tomorrow when you see his full image...I think you will find that your description of him is very close! Another great what if...I love these kind of things...I think I will do this more often...possibly post part of an image and get feedback for the next day...what do you think?

Dan

tricia said...

You've certainly got my attention. I remember when my clothes looked like that, but I didn't drive a Porsche. It is an amazing photo.

shabby girl said...

Ooooo, I love these stories! Can't wait for the full story!
Yes, it's my mom that's moving. Brings up all kinds of new worries, but new beginnings for her!
Hopefully it's all good.

Dan Felstead said...

Tricia...maybe we should add you into the mix for the final story? I had clothes somewhat similar as well only they were the mandatory 60's tie dyed shirts and pants!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...yes I finally figured it was your mom...at least it sounds like you found a place she likes...that is a major accomplishment! Those are always difficult decisions to make about ones parents. I have mentioned it before but those decisions are looming on my horizon as well.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Tricia...maybe we should add you into the mix for the final story? I had clothes somewhat similar as well only they were the mandatory 60's tie dyed shirts and pants!

Dan

DawnTreader said...

You're not telling us what exactly the interaction between these people was... My guess is the Texan is an actor too. Just possibly, even the film crew are actors and there was another invisible film crew shooting it all from another angle. (At least we know there was *one* man in the background with a camera taking shots of them...)

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I like your completely different take on the situation...so the entire scene was nothing more than a setup! Great idea and very possible! As Shakespear said in "As you like it"..."All the world is a stage"! He may be right again!

Dan

~She Poet~ said...

It's you isn't it Dan??

Sabrina said...

Some artists are lucky enough to be discovered before they pass on! Maybe he's one of them!!

Dan Felstead said...

Pura...HA! You blew my cover! Now I have to photoshop someone else's head on the body!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Sabrina...Perhaps he is one of them. I am posting his face shortly...maybe someone will recognize him...I didn't.

Dan

Highton-Ridley said...

Really fantastic shot, Dan - it starts to tell a story, as all the best shots do, and also raises questions in the viewer's mind, which keeps the interest up.

Well seen and beautifully composed and treated.

Dan Felstead said...

Mark, thank you so much for the comment. I think the curiosity expressed in the shot came from the real feeling of watching a scenario play out that really made no sense!

Dan