I actually had to drag myself to the farmers market today. Even though it’s the beginning of June I found the weather less than agreeable–drizzle, wind, and cold. But I was curious to see how the market would appear in sepia tones. And actually, it took on a whole other mood–a Victorian mood meets Tom Waits.
I mention Tom Waits because the vocalist sitting on the ground with his dobro guitar sounded like a spitting cousin to Tom Waits. And when I first entered the market, I heard a woman bluegrass vocalist who blew me away. I didn’t get a photograph of her, but what a voice! And then I was later delighted to see the belly dancers performing because they look suburb in sepia tone–contrast between the silk, metal and skin tones.
Working with sepia tone reminds me of the Wizard of Oz when the film transforms from black and white into color. For me a child growing up in the 1960s and surrounded by Technicolor imagery, seeing the black and white scenes at the beginning of the film must have prepared me for a love of black and white photography. And then when they land in the colorful world of Dorothy’s dream, well, I guess that’s the closest a child comes to a drug trip. With no further tangents, enjoy the photos.
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