Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market

Powell Street Plaza, San Francisco, 8-30-1978

Inscription on the back reads: 8.30.78, Powell St. Plaza, S.F. (San Francisco)

From left to right we have a dancing (?) guy with his face cropped off, a row of dudes with their heads cropped off, the blonde girl in the flares, the old guy staring into the camera thinking “what are you taking a picture of?”, and the guy entering the scene on the right who is in sharp focus. The energy and dynamics of this image thrill me. Put this one in the dictionary under “snapshot aesthetic.”

A dog named Flash?

A dog named Flash?

If the sunlight wasn’t shining on the chair at bottom right, the blown out by sunlight dog yapping at bottom center might be more of a mystery. I guess the camera didn’t have highlight tone priority. The mother / daughter (?) energy is jovial, I love the colorful shirt — but Dad, try to give Lassie a treat now and then so he won’t bark so much, OK?

These dudes on the left look smashed, and I like the décor. Remind me to attend more rockin' parties.

These dudes on the left look smashed, and I like the décor. Remind me to attend more rockin’ parties.

2 thoughts on “Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market”

  1. We’re all getting here, one way or another… What will they say about our photographs in 40+ years – if anyone bothers to look?

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