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Visual Dellusion

My first time at the Village Hallween Parade, I was cramped along the restraining rails. My elbows were pressed closely together as I tried to maneuver my camera for each shot. As the participants passed, most folks were looking forward and not at the spectators. To my surprise the crowd of marchers parted and for a moment, my subject turned toward my camera and I fired off a shot. I thought I had taken a picture of a naked woman. Please understand that it was dark. And the moment passed in a second. While the scene was brilliantly by my flash, it was a fraction of a second. Then we were in street darkness again. It wasn’t until I sat down to edit the images, that I realized what I had on the memory card. I didn’t know. What? Was it a body suit, just body paint, or what? Was it a woman? Was she Frankenstein’s wife? Oh boy, was I surprised to see his shot. Talk about gender issues!

4 responses

  1. I’m not much of a photographer but I do take in countless Halloween events. In my travels, I snap as many pics as possible. Every year I seem to find things that I missed with the naked eye.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

  2. Talk about gender-bending – are you sure you didn’t photoshop that man’s face onto that body?

    November 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    • I have reviewed this image many times and my opinion keeps changing. No retouch here. It’s a woman with severe hair like Frankenstein. I’m used to seeing all kinds of things on the streets of NYC. But this still has me look again each time I review it.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  3. This image made me do the double take too. NYC does have some strange ones.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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