5 a.m. Culture


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It’s the same walk at the same time each day.  So it comes as no surprise that the same people can be seen each day.  The runners and dog walkers are obvious.  There are those who take the long dark walk down the highway to get to work, and those who are just out to grab their morning coffee.  You don’t know their names, but almost always, you greet each other with a “good morning,” and as the weeks and months go by, you almost feel like good friends.

This woman is a mystery to me.  Even in warmer weather, her face is nearly covered by a combination of hats and scarves, and her head is always down.  She never speaks.   She always carries this plastic grocery bag, and will stop many times along her way,  in the middle of the sidewalk, to meticulously arrange whatever is inside it.

 

 

Categories: Morning Walks, Street

38 comments

  1. So beauifully processed…I love the rich colors and tones and the story is intersting..Great street photography with a bit of class.

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  2. This is one of those photos I can get lost in. It feels like a street here in York and I think I have seen that woman before. Well done. 🙂

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  3. Love, love everything about this Lisa!! Beautiful!

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  4. Your processing of this shot has created such a wonderful art print. And, in some ways, the blurry effect matches the story behind the woman. Beautifully done and I love the colors. xo

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  5. How did you process this one? I love it. I also love it when I recognize people at the bus station. It is indeed a bit like almost becoming friends.

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  6. Lisa Gordon – I “lost” you and now found you here (hooray). A couple of FB feeds had old posts – anyway – you are as talented as ever and I will be following you!

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  7. I can only assume the mystery lady has a sad tale to tell. I love this edit and your thoughts!
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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  8. Lovely processing. It seems as though hers must be a sad story…but I hope not.

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  9. Hi,Lisa. Your photo (painting?) looks like Edvard Munch’s one. Even in Tokyo,people taking a walk would say hello each other, when it were very early, even though they would not know each other.

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  10. Still Water Coloring… hmm it’s makes me jealous. Nice pic.

    5 am culture its a healthy culture I think.

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  11. What a great photo, Lisa – I love the processing! Isn’t it interesting to notice these daily rituals?

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  12. Hi Lisa,
    this is a wonderful Artwork of our daily things. Amazing !
    Best regards, Synnöve
    P.S. I will continuing watercoloring, when I have time…

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  13. Lovely painterly shot. She looks as if she might be homeless…

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  14. Yes, still really enjoying this new ‘home’. A poignant post and the person has so much more meaning with your commentary. Poor soul. Everyone has a story.

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  15. Without your words telling about her, one could believe it’s any street any place with pedestrians or shoppers. The impressionistic style you’ve created makes it even more mysterious…and a “morning blur” to waking up. Beautifully done my friend!

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  16. Beautifully touching! (I also considered “touchingly beautiful” for my comment.)

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  17. What an interesting observation! You really wonder what her story really is!

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  18. Hi Lisa, congrats on your new blog, looks great! I will sign up again as I stopped receiving notifications from the old blog. And yes, I also wonder about people walking down the street, what their story is. Have a good week ahead. xo

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  19. .. and probably nobody knows her, maybe she’s remained alone … it’s easy to find such people in great cities … if a person remains alone with herself it’s easy for her to lose her mind and to appear strange to the others … poor human being .. if only could have a pet with which have a link with !
    I love your art and your way to observe the world surrounding you, more and more, my dearest one !

    Have a most beautiful new week, sweetest, precious Lisa,
    sending much love to you across the many miles
    xoxo
    Dany

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  20. Very mysterious and loving your textures and processing.

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  21. We had a similar-appearing woman in our community for many years – year-round hats, scarves, shopping bags and all – a well-known figure around town. Her story was a tragic one which I heard differing versions of. Everyone seemed to look out for her well-being. I always worried about her in the winter, since rumor had it that she refused to sleep in a shelter, but she went on year after year until passing away (in her eighties) a couple of years ago. I find myself still looking for her when I go downtown. Your image brings her (and others like her) to mind so poignantly. It’s a beautiful photo, and your painterly processing is perfect.

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  22. Such a compelling and mysterious image, Lisa. I am drawn to the composition and tones. Beautifully processed!

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  23. Oh my goodness I love this artwork! It fits perfectly with the mystery you have created with the story that accompanies it. I wonder what’s in the bag?

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  24. Une très belle composition. Bravo.

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  25. Interesting observations. Many things hold true the world over. One wonders about her life, her past, her unique story.

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  26. It makes me wonder about this woman’s story and what sort of life she leads. I like that you have taken her back view, it’s not only more discreet towards her, but it creates a story all on its own!

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  27. Poignant and intriguing image of this mysterious woman. It’s a very different world at 5am. What a beautiful painterly image, Lisa!

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  28. A very early start- so interesting watching people & wondering about their lives. I find that too when I’m out walking with my dog – often the same people doing their own morning routine

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  29. Lisa, I read your observation on every day life and I thought how correct you are; we meet the same unknown people day after day and feel that we know them for a long time.

    And a photograph is a very artistic and mysterious. I love your editing, it’s has impressionistic touch to it.

    Best wishes to you from me.

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  30. You have portrayed and written about Life so wonderfully Lisa.

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  31. we are a people of habits and predictability!!! i cannot walk past someone with saying “hi”…it comes naturally. i smile at everyone, talk to everyone….and the men in my life (mostly my children) are astounded by it!!!

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  32. A telling scene in many a community. You’re spot on seeing the ‘regulars’ come and go about their daily lives. It reminds me of a small town Norman Rockwell’s interpretation of ‘Walking to Church’.

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  33. Such a great post Lisa, love the image and this is so true. I know in my own neighborhood I see the same people walking their dogs but lucky for me they say hi and usually stop to chat. A beautiful edit here, makes me think of morning in a blur.

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  34. Such a compelling image, Lisa! I love the story, and the edit. I’m not usually out and about at that time of day (I’m up, but not out) so I find the dark sky quite dramatic.

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  35. Beautiful Lisa, the painting is unique.

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  36. It is so interesting to observe daily rituals. We all have our oddities about ourselves. I love the painted effect of the photo!

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  37. Interesting observation on life and rituals. There’s a certain familiarity that develops with seeing anonymous people on a regular basis. She sounds like she has her own ritual to get her through life.

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