We have reached that penultimate time in New England (the ultimate being Fall), as the solstice has heralded in perfect sunny days. I knew that I would be going out in the afternoon to take photographs, but out of curiosity thought that I would take a walk at the local mall and see what my Iphone could photograph.
The mall was, as one my expect, largely deserted, a few families and a few people with the determined look of destination and get me out of here wandered about. I purchased my iced coffee from a smiling teenage girl, who seemed happy to have a summer job even if it doomed her to this troglodyte existence. We exchanged pleasantries and I headed off in search of photographic game.
The first stop was the windows of Louis Vuitton which never ceases to amaze. They have wonderful and highly talented window designers. And this month’s theme was red and white striped hot air balloons all floating playfully against a striped background. For once, I did not find the reflections in the glass disturbing, but felt instead that they even added a bit of asymmetric ambiguity to the picture.
The second stop that caught my eye was at Burberry. A very mechanical manikin’s fist wore a wrist watch and clutched two ties. The effect was very stark and harsh because of the brightly lit background, and I think in the end it was just a bit, yes I have to say it, surreal.
From there I had to move on. The skies outside were turning very bright, and the temperatures were climbing up into the nineties. It was time to leave the mall for colder times and to head out doors. That of course is another story filled with other pictures, taken with more serious cameras.